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S. 2040 (114th): Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act

About the bill

After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, a federal commission was created to fact-find as much information as possible about the planning, funding, and carrying-out of the attacks. The final report ran more than 500 pages, but much intrigue has centered around 28 pages redacted for national security purposes. “60 Minutes” ran an investigative report this month revealing that the pages likely center around how the government of Saudi Arabia -- ostensibly a U.S. ally -- played a significant role in funding and assisting the attacks.

A controversial bill would allow U.S. courts to hold the Saudi government responsible if it is found to have played a role in funding or assisting the attacks. The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, S. 2040 and H.R. 3815, has become a …

Sponsor and status

John Cornyn

Sponsor. Senator for Texas. Republican.

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Last Updated: Sep 13, 2016
Length: 4 pages
Sep 16, 2015
114th Congress (2015–2017)

Enacted — Veto Overridden on Sep 28, 2016

This bill was enacted after a congressional override of the President's veto on September 28, 2016.

Pub.L. 114-222

25 Cosponsors (12 Republicans, 12 Democrats, 1 Independent)


Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

H.R. 3815: Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act

Introduced on Oct 23, 2015. 47% incorporated. (compare text)


Sep 16, 2015

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Jan 21, 2016
Considered by Senate Committee on the Judiciary

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Jan 28, 2016
Ordered Reported

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May 17, 2016
Passed Senate (House next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the Senate. It goes to the House next. The vote was by Voice Vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Sep 9, 2016
Passed House

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Sep 23, 2016

The President vetoed the bill. Congress may attempt to override the veto.

Sep 28, 2016
Senate Overrides Veto

A vote to override the President's veto succeeded in the Senate. The House must do the same.

Sep 28, 2016
House Overrides Veto

Congress overrode the veto of the President. The bill became law.

S. 2040 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 2040. This is the one from the 114th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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