The Republican head of the U.S. House, Republican Paul Ryan, has been trying to find a way to block the matter from coming to a vote. His Republican colleague Representative Peter King of New York is trying to force Ryan to bring it to a vote. As stated by Politico on September 7th, King says that Ryan:
“has told him that he’d back the bill if Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) supports it. Goodlatte’s aides wouldn’t comment on the issue, but King said the Virginia Republican informed him multiple times that he supports the measure. ‘Ryan said so long as Goodlatte approves it, he would approve it. And I spoke to Goodlatte, and [Goodlatte] said he approves it and supports it,’ King told POLITICO. ‘There is no reason now for it not to come to a vote. The House Judiciary Committee chairman supports it. It should be over and done. Cut and dry.’ King added: “There is no reason for delay.”
The reason why 100% of U.S. Senators had voted for the legislation wasn’t that all Senators want it to pass; for many Senators the purpose was instead to hand this hot potato on to the House and then (if they pass it) on to the President (Obama, who promises to veto it), so as to drag this matter out until after the November 8th elections, after which time they’ll all be freed-up for enough of them to vote for the Sauds on it so as to kill this bill.
Right now, it’s just a postponing-action in Congress.
On September 5th, two officials of the George W. Bush Administration, John Bolton and Michael Mukasey, headlined an op-ed in Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal, “The Folly of Fighting Terrorism by Lawsuit: The House should kill a dangerous bill that would lift sovereign immunity in some terror cases”. They said that this matter should not be determined by judges in courts, but by the Congress’s power to declare war and the President’s power to serve as the Commander-in-Chief (the same approach that has preserved the existing immunity from prosecution). They said: “To invite unelected, life-tenured judges to interfere in areas constitutionally assigned to the branches charged with making and declaring war is folly.”
Buying U.S. Presidents and members of Congress will cost them far less.
Jimmy Carter has said that in today’s United States:
Now it’s just an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president or being elected president. And the same thing applies to governors, and U.S. Senators and congress members. So, now we’ve just seen a subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors, who want and expect, and sometimes get, favors for themselves after the election is over.
A dollar paid by a member of the Saudi royal family (or any other foreigner) smells just as sweet to a U.S. Government official as does a dollar paid by an American, especially in the current era of untraceable offshore accounts. And that’s also the reason why Congress is planning to vote on Obama’s unpopular TPP treaty after the election.