The Senate’s unanimous passage of a bill that would make it easier to sue foreigners who may have funded the 9/11 hijackers is just the first of many hurdles to change the law.
The White House remains strongly opposed to the legislation, creating a huge roadblock for the bill. That means that even if the House passes it, both the House and Senate may have to vote again on the issue before the end of the year and pass it by a super-majority. Time is a major factor, with Congress heading out for much of the election year.
The Judiciary Committee is expected to hold hearings on the bill in June or July, shortly before it heads out for the summer and party conventions. After the hearings they’ll have to schedule a vote, then the full House will have to vote on the bill as House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has said it will go through the slow “regular order.”
Ryan has expressed some concerns about the bill, saying recently that the House needs to “make sure that we’re not making mistakes with our allies and that we’re not catching people up in this that shouldn’t be caught up.”