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A bill calling for Americans affected by the 9/11 terror attacks to be able to sue the nation of Saudi Arabia for any role they may have played in the attacks earned the unusual honor of being passed unanimously in both the U.S. House and Senate.

As reported:

The bill would give victims’ families the right to sue in U.S. court for any role that elements of the Saudi government may have played in the 2001 attacks that killed thousands of Americans in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

[Texas Republican Rep. Ted] Poe said he doesn't know if the Saudi government had a role in the attacks.

"That's for a jury of Americans to decide," he said.

The vote was held ahead of the 15th anniversary of the terror attacks. Following Friday’s vote, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., one of the authors of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, said he was “pleased” the House had “taken this huge step forward towards justice” and said he hoped the Obama administration would not veto the bill.

“There are always diplomatic considerations that get in the way of justice, but if a court proves the Saudis were complicit in 9/11, they should be held accountable,” Schumer said in a written statement. “If they’ve done nothing wrong, they have nothing to worry about.”

Saudi Arabia, a key U.S. ally, has voiced strong objections to the legislation.


However, there is a possibility that President Obama may veto the legislation.

On The Kelly File, New York Republican Rep. Peter King said that Saudi-affiliated lobbyists and the “foreign policy establishment thinks it will unravel things” between Washington and Riyadh.

The Saudis “cooperate sometimes-- sometimes they don’t…We have to send a signal that they have to cooperate all the time, because there’s strong evidence [regarding] what happened on 9/11,” King said.

“The evidence points to [Saudi Arabia] …they are the ones responsible for my husband’s death,” 9/11 victim family member Terry Strada told Megyn Kelly.

“Like all the other 9/11 families we deserve justice and accountability,” she said.

“It’s never going be easy living without him.”

Strada’s daughter Kaitlyn said it has been the “hardest thing for me to grow up in a world with the threat of President Obama not signing off on this bill.”

“My father lived…on doing the right thing,” she said.

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