A bipartisan bill that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue foreign sponsors of terrorism in federal court has come against a blockade by the White House.
The bill named "the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act," would stop Saudi Arabia and other countries with possible terrorist ties from invoking sovereign immunity in federal court.
President Barack Obama is currently in deliberation whether to declassify 28 documents associated with 9/11. Meanwhile, The New York Times reported on Friday that Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir warned U.S. lawmakers that the country would sell $750 billion worth of American assets held by the kingdom if Congress passes the bill.
The stepped-up lobbying against the legislation comes as Obama is due to land in Riyadh on Wednesday for talks with Saudi leaders over strained relations between the country and Iran.