Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act

Floor Speech

Date: Sept. 9, 2016
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. ISRAEL. Mr. Speaker, I thank my friend, the distinguished ranking member.

Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act. Mr. Speaker, 15 years ago, my Congressional District lost 200 men and women--families named Downey, families named Murphy, families named Uggiano, and so many other families. In the years since, those who responded to that act of terror have been getting sicker and sicker and sicker.

They all deserve justice, Mr. Speaker. You get justice on the battlefield. You can get justice in the courtroom. This bill ensures that they have the right to justice in the courtroom. For that simple and very profound reason, I support this bill. I was pleased to cosponsor the bill with my friend from New York (Mr. King).

Mr. Speaker, I urge the President not to veto this bill. I thank my friend from Michigan.