Cornyn Urges House Passage of 9/11 Victims Bill
Thursday on the Senate floor I urged the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, legislation I introduced with U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) that would allow families of the September 11, 2001 victims to seek financial compensation from foreign sponsors of terrorism on the U.S. homeland.
This bill would enable Americans and their family members to pursue justice against those who sponsor acts of terrorism on the U.S. homeland, such as that that occurred on September 11, 2001.
Unanimous passage of this bill, I believe, sends an unmistakable message that we will combat terrorism with every tool we have. And just as importantly, we will make sure that simple justice is available to the victims of terrorist attacks on our soil by not erecting any unnecessary roadblocks to their pursuit of justice in the courts of law.
I hope that the President will rethink his previous statements expressing an intent to perhaps veto this legislation.
It's time we helped victims of terrorism in our country to seek justice, and it's time the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act becomes the law of the land.