NEW HAVEN, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) – Connecticut families who lost loved ones in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks are calling on President Barack Obama to sign legislation would allow victims of terror attacks and their families to sue foreign actors who support terrorism. They are seeking the law change in an effort to sue the government of Saudi Arabia for allegedly supporting the hijackers who carried out the attacks.
The the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act gained final legislative approval by a unanimous vote in the House of Representatives on Friday; it cleared the Senate in May.
Speaking in New Haven on Monday, Brett Eagleson of Middletown, whose father Bruce was killed in the attack on the World Trade Center, urged President Obama not to veto the legislation.
Eagleson called a possible veto “a kick in the stomach to 2,996 victims of terrorism on American soil.”
Senator Richard Blumenthal and Rep. Rosa DeLauro said arguments that the legislation would damage diplomatic relations and open the U.S. up to lawsuits don’t hold water.
Blumenthal said he’s confident Congress can muster the votes for an override if there’s a presidential veto.