Congress Approved Blumenthal-Backed Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, But President Obama May Veto
Bill Would Allow Victims of Terrorism and Their Families to Seek Justice Against Foreign Actors Who Enable Violent Extremism
(Hartford, CT) – At 9 a.m. on Monday, September 12 on the steps of the U.S. District Court in New Haven, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) will join families of 9/11 victims in calling on President Obama to sign the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act.
The House of Representatives today voted to approve the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act to allow victims of terrorism and their families to sue foreign actors that sponsor or support violent extremism. Blumenthal helped to lead the measure in the Senate, which passed the measure unanimously in May. President Obama has now indicated he may veto the measure. Blumenthal sent a letter today to the President urging him to sign the bill without delay.
“This bill closes a loophole that denies a fair day in court to American victims of some of the most heinous terrorist attacks in our history. I urge you to sign this bill without delay,” Blumenthal states in his letter.