WASHINGTON — Defying a veto threat from the Obama administration, the House of Representatives easily passed legislation that would allow terror victims of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 to sue Saudi Arabia.
The Senate passed the measure by voice vote in May, but the administration has argued it would complicate diplomatic relations with a key ally in the region and warned against moving it forward.
The vote to send the bill to the president comes two days before the 15th anniversary of the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans.
House Speaker Paul Ryan was pressed about the pushback from some in the diplomatic and legal community about the precedent it would set, but said, “this bill passed overwhelmingly in the U.S. Senate so I think that those concerns have been taken under consideration and members are acting accordingly and that’s why this bill will pass.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi previously acknowledged that after the Senate easily passed the bill, the administration reached out to try to make some changes but said it was “a little late.”