Obama to veto 9/11 victims’ bill

The World Trade Center rains down debris as a hijacked airplane crashes into the second tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. After the two plances crashed into the WTC, the towers collapsed. There are no known survivors from the airplanes that crashed into the WTC and Pentagon. (Cary Conover | Collegian Alumnus)

President Barack Obama will veto a bill designed to benefit 9/11 victims, a White House spokesman said Monday.

The Washington Post reported the bill would have allowed relatives of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to sue the government of Saudi Arabia.

The Senate passed the bill in May and the House approved it Friday.

In an open letter to Obama, a group of victims’ families asked the president not to “slam the door shut and abandon us” by vetoing the bill.

Congressional leaders may try to override the veto.

Jason Tidd graduated from Kansas State University's Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communication in May 2017. He was the spring 2017 editor-in-chief, fall 2016 news editor and spring 2016 assistant news editor. While at K-State, Jason played baritone in the Pride of Wildcat Land marching band.