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Wed May 25, 2016, 02:06 PM

75. So WHY Did Schemer Do THIS???

Chuck Schumer quietly guts JASTA bill

"Sen. Charles Schumer slipped in an amendment letting the State and Justice departments halt lawsuits by 9/11 families against terror sponsors."

It turns out that just before the vote, Sen. Charles Schumer and other proponents of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act stuffed an amendment into the final draft allowing the attorney general and secretary of state to stop any litigation against the Saudis in its tracks.

Yes, JASTA would remove the statutory restrictions that have prevented 9/11 families from taking the Saudi kingdom to court. But Schumer helped craft an entirely new section to the original bill, giving the Justice and State departments the power to stay court action indefinitely. All they have to do is inform the judge hearing the case that the US government has engaged with ­Riyadh in diplomatic talks to resolve the issue.

The quiet, behind-the-scenes watering-down of the controversial bill explains why it passed without a single Republican or Democratic objection. The White House had lobbied senators heavily to kill the bill.


http://nypost.com/2016/05/24/sneaky-schumer-added-loophole-to-halt-911-saudi-suits/

It's utterly obvious why a version of this bill - with teeth - can never and will never be allowed to pass, and since playing politics with 911 is still very popular in DC I guess the only option left was illusory victory.

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