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Judiciary committee taking up terror lawsuit bill

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NEW YORK (AP) - The Senate Judiciary Committee is marking the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks by focusing its attention on a long-deliberated bill that would allow victims to recover monetary damages from foreign sponsors of terrorism.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. says the committee will take up consideration of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act as the nation pauses next Thursday to remember the victims of the 2001 attacks.

Schumer and families of Sept. 11 victims are holding a press conference Monday at the World Trade Center site to urge the Senate to approve the bill.

Schumer says the bill allows victims and their families to sue foreign entities that sponsor deadly terrorist acts by eliminating protections in existing laws and legal decisions that give countries immunity.

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