JASTA heads to House showdown

The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), which passed last week in the Senate with a unanimous voice vote, will go to the House, reports Tom Brune in Newsday. If passed into law, the bill would modify the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act, giving terrorism victims the right to sue a foreign government if they have sponsored acts of terrorism.

The President has threatened to veto the bill and Saudi Arabia, fearing the release of the 28-page report that could implicate their government in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, has threatened to pull huge sums of money out of the U.S. economy if JASTA passes.

The House Judiciary Committee will hear and vote on JASTA next, probably this June.

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