Speaker Ryan Expresses Skepticism, Hesitance About 9/11 Bill
The families of the 3,000 victims of the terror attacks on September 11, 2001 have faced not only the loss of loved ones, but the knowledge of their horrific suffering at the hands of the ruthless killers who hijacked four airliners, turning them into flying bombs to bring down the World Trade Center buildings, attack the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
Only the heroic efforts of the passengers on the fourth flight averted what would have been a catastrophic crash into the United States Capital Building.
Families endured the days following the attacks torn between hope and resignation, waiting as rescuers frantically dug through still burning rubble desperate to find survivors.
Now, they face another, but unexpected, enemy – their own president.
Members of the New York Congressional delegation, Republican Rep. Peter King and Democrat Sen. Charles Schumer introduced bipartisan legislation to allow the victims’ families to sue the Saudi Arabian government for its support, if any, of the terrorist plot.
Fifteen of the 19 terrorists who seized the airplanes were Saudi Arabian citizens, and although the 9/11 Commission Report found no evidence that the Saudi government funded the attacks, a previous Congressional may have linked the terrorists to Saudi funds.
Now, pressure is mounting to declassify 28 pages from that report, which may prove the attacks were funded by the Saudi government.
The bill has received support from Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), as well as presidential candidates Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), but Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) is withholding support.
“I think we need to review it to make sure we are not making mistakes with our allies.”
The oil-rich Middle Eastern nation has threatened to sell off more than $750 billion in American assets if the bill becomes law, and President Obama, in Saudi Arabia meeting with King Salman, has already announced that he will veto the bill.
Obama’s veto will deny the 9/11 families the right to finally seek justice for their lost loved ones.