Cornyn: Time to Bring Austin Tice Home


In: All News   Posted 12/09/2016
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‘Mr. O’Brien and his team informed me that they have high confidence that Austin is alive in Syria along with other Americans who are being held captive.’

‘Today's news should remind us that we cannot give up until we bring Austin Tice home. I renew once again my call for his immediate release by his captors, and I strongly urge the current and future Administration to continue to utilize all possible means to secure his safe return.’

WASHINGTON – Today on the Senate floor U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) announced that Obama Administration officials believe captured journalist Austin Tice is alive in Syria, and called for his safe return home. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his speech can be found here.

“Mr. President, recently I met with the parents of Austin Tice, a constituent of mine in Texas who has unfortunately been abducted in Syria a few years ago. And of course his parents have been keeping a flame alive, hoping that Austin has survived the circumstances of his capture.” 

“They traveled over from Houston to visit with me about a briefing that they had received recently from James C. O’Brien, the Presidential Envoy for hostage affairs. Just earlier today I had a chance to be briefed by Mr. O’Brien, and he delivered positive yet cautious news about Austin.”

“Mr. O’Brien and his team informed me that they have high confidence that Austin is alive in Syria along with other Americans who are being held captive. While this is certainly positive news, I can't help but think of his parents and what they have had to go through these last four years. They're not just counting the months, they're not just counting the days, but they're literally counting the minutes and the seconds since he's been gone and then counting those milestones that we typically observe in our families, birthdays and holidays that they will never recover. 

“So today's news should remind us that we cannot give up until we bring Austin Tice home. I renew once again my call for his immediate release by his captors, and I strongly urge the current and future Administration to continue to utilize all possible means to secure his safe return.”