House Speaker Ryan says lawmakers need to 'review' Saudi lawsuit bill

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 19, 2016 10:40 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Tuesday he thinks Congress should review a proposed measure to allow U.S. citizens to sue the Saudi government over the Sept. 11 attacks, saying it was important to consider the impact on the U.S.-Saudi alliance.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting of Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives, Ryan said "we need to review" the Saudi lawsuit bill to "make sure we are not making mistakes with our allies." He said the issue did not come up during his recent visit to the Middle East.

The New York Times reported on Friday that Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told U.S. lawmakers that the country would be forced to sell up to $750 billion in Treasury securities and other U.S. assets in response to the bill if it passed.

(Reporting by Susan Cornwell, Richard Cowan and David Alexander; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)