Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Todd Rokita issued a statement after voting in favor of overturning President Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA).
“The House and Senate took a historic step towards restoring the checks and balances of our government by taking a hard line against President Obama’s senseless veto. Fifteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks killed nearly 3,000 Americans, this bill allows the families of the victims to pursue justice and finally present their case in our nation’s courts.”
JASTA amends federal law to allow civil claims against foreign countries involved in acts of terrorism perpetrated on United States soil. The measure to overturn the veto passed the House by a vote of 348 to 77, with one member voting present.