Senate Passes Cornyn Bill to Help Victims of Terror Attacks Seek Justice

In: All News   Posted 05/17/2016

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate today unanimously passed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), a bill sponsored by U.S. Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) that would give victims of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil tools to hold those who sponsor terrorism accountable and, in particular, permit families of the September 11, 2001 victims to seek financial compensation against foreign state sponsors.

“The United States needs to use every tool available to stop the financing of terrorism. Victims and families who have lost loved ones in terror attacks deserve the opportunity to seek justice,” Sen. Cornyn said. “I thank Senator Schumer for working with me on this bill, and I’m glad we are one step closer to empowering victims with the ability to hold those who helped perpetrate these horrific acts responsible.”

Background on JASTA

The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act would allow families of victims of terror attacks on U.S. soil to sue the foreign states that fund terrorism and permit them to hold accountable those who aid and abet terrorism.