Ross Votes to Override Obama’s 9/11 Victim Veto
WASHINGTON, D.C. Sept. 28, 2016 – U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, made the following statement today after voting to override President Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), which gives families of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks the ability to sue Saudi Arabia:
“The president’s refusal to provide families of Sept. 11 victims the chance to hold those behind the deadliest terrorist attack in American history accountable is a blatant disregard for the will of the American people. Congress’ unanimous passage of JASTA was evident enough that we must immediately act on this issue, but the president refused to do so. With today’s veto override vote, the first of President Obama’s Administration, my colleagues and I sent a clear message to the president that providing justice for these families is not an option for him to deny.
“Bipartisan members of Congress united today to show the people we represent that we are listening to their outcries and calls for help. The families of Sept. 11 victims deserve their day in court, and justice for these families should not be tossed aside because of diplomatic trepidations. I promise to continue supporting legislation that holds terrorists accountable for their malicious acts and protects our liberties that evil extremists fail to destroy.”