Sen. Blumenthal to introduce new bill to hold sponsors of terrorism accountable

This Feb. 27, 2013 file photo shows Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(WTNH) — U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal will introduce a new bill to hold sponsors of terrorism accountable for their actions against Americans Thursday.

The senator will be joined by survivors and families of the United States Marines killed in the Beirut bombing attacks in 1983. The victims and their families are trying to collect more than one and a half billion dollars from a successful lawsuit against Iran.

Legal loopholes are currently stopping that effort. Thursday’s announcement comes on the heels of Congress’ override of President Obama’s veto of the bill allowing the families of 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia.

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