Cornyn Statement on President’s Veto of JASTA

In: All News   Posted 09/23/2016

HOUSTON – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after President Obama vetoed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, legislation he introduced with U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) that would allow victims, including the families of those lost on September 11th 2001, to hold foreign sponsors of terrorism on the U.S. homeland accountable:

“It’s disappointing the President chose to veto legislation unanimously passed by Congress and overwhelmingly supported by the American people. Even more disappointing is the President’s refusal to listen to the families of the victims taken from us on September 11th, who should have the chance to hold those behind the deadliest terrorist attack in American history accountable.”

“I look forward to the opportunity for Congress to override the President’s veto, provide these families with the chance to seek the justice they deserve, and send a clear message that we will not tolerate those who finance terrorism in the United States.”  

The legislation passed the House unanimously this month and passed the Senate unanimously earlier this year.