WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — JASTA would allow US citizens to bring suits against a foreign nation believed to have provided material support to facilitate a terror attack on US soil or affecting US persons.
"The president feels strongly about this and I do anticipate that the president will veto the legislation when it’s presented to him," Earnest stated.
The bill would override current Saudi claims to sovereign immunity, allowing families of September 11 terrorist attack victims to bring a long-standing federal court case against the Saudi government for allegedly sponsoring the 2001 attacks.
The White House is concerned the bill could open up the United States to numerous lawsuits, Earnest noted.
There is also a concern about how judges at different levels in different courtrooms could come up with a different designation for the same country when it comes to sponsoring terrorism, he added.
On Friday, the US House of Representatives unanimously approved the JASTA in a voice vote. The US Senate also passed the legislation unanimously in May.