JUSTICE AGAINST SPONSORS OF TERRORISM ACT; Congressional Record Vol. 162, No. 41
(Senate - March 15, 2016)

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  Mr. CORNYN. Mr. President, I come to the floor to speak on two 
topics. The first is the piece of legislation that I introduced last 
year, along with the senior Senator from New York, Mr. Schumer, right 
after the anniversary of the September 11 attacks. This bill is 
entitled the ``Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act,'' or JASTA 
for short. It makes minor adjustments to our laws that would clarify 
the ability of Americans attacked on U.S. soil to get justice from 
those who have sponsored that terrorist attack.
  The Senate Judiciary Committee considered this bill last month and 
reported it to the floor without any objection, so now it is my hope 
that we can soon take up this legislation because this is important to 
the victims of the 9/11 attacks. Actually, that is an understatement. 
This bill, if signed into law, will hopefully help victims and their 
families achieve the closure that they so terribly need from this 
horrific tragedy. But this legislation is more than that. As our Nation 
confronts new and expanding terror networks that are targeting our 
citizens, stopping the funding source for terrorists grows even more 
important. So I hope Senators can work together to get this critical 
bipartisan bill done soon.