Seeking 9/11 Justice Through the Courts
Yesterday, I joined my colleagues in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate in a vote to override President Obama’s veto on the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act.
While I understand and give weight to the President’s concerns about the effect the passage of the bill may have on Americans and American interests abroad, I believe that this bill is needed because Americans deserve the right to pursue this measure of justice.
This bill will clarify existing law so that Americans who are harmed by terrorist attacks here at home can sue those, including foreign governments, who were responsible for such attacks.
It is virtually indisputable that there are people who conspired with the 9/11 hijackers in the planning, preparation, execution and financing of those horrific acts who still walk the streets freely in foreign capitals believing that because of a peculiar court interpretation of international law that they will not face any consequences.
This bill will finally change that.
The survivors of 9/11 and victims’ families need JASTA to correct those short-comings in previous legislation and lower court decisions so that they can have their day in court. All Americans need this bill because we know that civil litigation against terror sponsors, including foreign governments, can have an important deterrent effect on these horrific actions. This bill is needed so that those around the world who seek to do us harm know that we will ‘Never Forget.’
I was proud to vote today to ensure the adoption of this legislation.
Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress
Maloney Urges Override of JASTA Presidential Veto
I took to the House floor yesterday to urge my colleagues in Congress to override the President's veto on JASTA and give survivors and families of 9/11 victims the ability to seek a modicum of justice through our civil courts.