Despite threats from Saudi Arabia, the U.S. Senate approved a measure yesterday that would allow 9/11 families to sue the Saudis.
The bipartisan bill authored by Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Chuck Schemer (D-NY) allows victims of the terrorist attacks to make civil claims on foreign governments for anything that could be demonstrated in federal court as state sponsorship of terrorism.
The Saudi government threatened to pull billions of dollars of investment in the U.S. economy if the bill passed.
With approval from the Senate, the bill will go to the House which is also expected to pass the measure on to the president.
It is unlikely, however, that President Obama will sign the bill given his cozy relationship with the Saudi government.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest detailed, “Given the concerns that we’ve expressed, it’s difficult to imagine the president signing this legislation.”