U.S. Sen. Blumenthal backs proposed 9/11 bill
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal was in New Haven Tuesday with local families who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks to demand justice and compensation for victims of terrorism.
Sen. Blumenthal is backing a measure called the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which would allow victims of terrorism and their families to sue Saudi Arabia for its possible role in 9/11.
Blumenthal says it would close a loophole in current legislation that only allows justice if the funding or supporting of terrorism happened on U.S. soil.
"That is unfair, unjust, unwise and un-American," he says.
Blumenthal says families of 9/11 victims should be able to sue Saudi Arabia following the recent release of a long-classified report on the terrorist attacks.
Known as the 28 pages, the secret document found some of the 9/11 hijackers were in contact with and got support from people who may be connected to the Saudi government.
The Senate has already passed the measure, and Blumenthal called on the House to take it up before the session ends in the fall.
President Barack Obama's administration has threatened to veto the measure. Saudi Arabia has denied any government officials knowingly supported the 9/11 hijackers.