March 15, 2016 - Issue: Vol. 162, No. 41 — Daily Edition114th Congress (2015 - 2016) - 2nd Session
JUSTICE AGAINST SPONSORS OF TERRORISM ACT; Congressional Record Vol. 162, No. 41
(Senate - March 15, 2016)
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[Page S1481] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] JUSTICE AGAINST SPONSORS OF TERRORISM ACT 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. ____________________