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Rubio, Colleagues Introduce Legislation in Support of American Victims of Iran-backed Terror Attacks

May 16, 2019 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), John Cornyn (R-TX), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Doug Jones (D-AL), and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) today in introducing a bill to help American terror victims and their families satisfy financial judgments against Iran.
Representatives Greg Pence (R-IN) and Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) introduced companion legislation in the House.
The full text of the bill is here.
“More than thirty years after Iranian terrorists bombed the U.S. Marine Barracks in Beirut, the United States Senate is sending a clear message of support to the victims’ families as they rightfully fight for the opportunity to seize Iranian assets as restitution for the attack,” Rubio said.
“Iran’s terrorist puppets killed 241 Americans in the 1983 Marine Corps bombing, including 220 Marines. Our bill will help victims and their families obtain restitution for Iran’s bloody crimes from money the regime has laundered through a European bank,” Cotton said.
“Our bipartisan bill would help deliver long-overdue justice for the victims of the Beirut bombing.  The hundreds of Marine families who lost a loved one to Iranian state-sponsored terrorism have a right to restitution,” Whitehouse said.
“Iran’s efforts to harbor, train and fund terrorists intent on killing Americans played a central role in the horrific Beirut bombings that murdered 220 U.S. Marines and dozens of other personnel. The families who lost loved ones deserve restitution from the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism—and the courts have found they have that right. Passing this legislation expresses a sense of Congress that the United States has clear jurisdiction to seize certain assets that Iran laundered through American financial institutions to be used for their restitution and I look forward to its enactment into law,” Inhofe said.
“Iran’s Ayatollahs have the blood of thousands of Americans on their hands,” Cruz said. “It’s important that Congress do whatever we can to ensure that American victims of Iran’s attacks and terrorism obtain the restitution they’re entitled to.”
“The families of the United States Marines and American personnel who lost loved ones in the tragic terrorist attack in Beirut have suffered enough. I have heard from a number of these family members in Alabama personally and I cannot imagine the heartache they continue to face as a result of this horrific attack.  My hope is that our legislation would provide a small amount of comfort to those families by making it more likely they get the financial compensation they are entitled to, and to ensure that the Iranians continue to be held accountable for this senseless act of terror that its regime enabled,” Jones said.
“The Iranian regime has a lengthy and despicable history of terrorizing Americans, dating back to the very beginning of this regime and its outrageous mistreatment of the American citizens who were held for 444 days during the 1979-80 hostage crisis. I condemn Iran’s support for terrorism in the strongest terms and have long supported efforts to hold Iran accountable for atrocities committed against innocent Americans,” Isakson said. “I’m proud to join Senator Cotton in introducing this legislation to help ensure the victims of the 1983 Marine Corps barracks bombing in Beirut, and their families, receive compensation from Iran.”
“This bipartisan legislation would do right by the victims and families who suffered from this horrific act of terrorism. By supporting this bipartisan legislation, I hope we can provide the families and victims of the 1983 Marine Barracks attack with restitution and long overdue justice,” Rosen said.