Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Olson Votes to Override Obama Veto of 9/11 Justice Bill

September 28, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today voted to override the president’s veto of legislation that would remove immunity from foreign governments when a terrorist attack kills Americans on American soil. Olson again voted for S.2040, the Justice against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which would prevent accused foreign sponsors of terrorism from invoking sovereign immunity in cases involving terrorist acts occurring in the United States. The bill was passed by a vote of 348-77 in the House and also passed in the Senate by a vote of 97-1. A veto override requires passage by 2/3 of each chamber.

“These 9/11 families deserve to get justice for the largest terrorist attack on US soil,” Rep. Olson said. “Every country, person or organization that supports terrorist organizations that attack us on our homeland should be held accountable. The overwhelming vote to override the president’s veto in both chambers is a strong message to these families that we are committed to help them get the justice they deserve and provide some measure of comfort knowing those who may have aided in this terrorist attack may ultimately be forced to answer for their actions.”


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