Senate Passes ‘Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act’

From JP Newsroom

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer on Friday called on the House of Representatives to pass his bi-partisan sponsored “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act” (JASTA) bill after the Senate passed it by unanimous consent.

The legislation allows victims of 9/11 and other terrorist acts to sue foreign countries that funded terrorist groups like Al Qaeda, ISIS and others. JASTA would also allow a family member to sue those that fund ISIS, Hamas and other groups, should they kill an American in an act of terrorism.

“No amount of compensation will ever repair the broken hearts of a family that lost a loved one to mindless hate on September 11th, but without passage of JASTA these families are being denied the ability to hold accountable foreign sponsors of terrorism because of a major loophole in our legal system,” Schumer said in a statement. “I am very proud that the Senate has passed the bipartisan Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, and I urge that the House also amend the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act to allow victims and their families to hold accountable the sponsors of heinous acts like 9/11.”

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