9/11 Families Statement on Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act
Washington, D.C. – 9/11 Families United today commended Members of Congress in both parties for introducing the Ensuring Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act (EJVTA), which would strengthen and make technical adjustments to the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA). This legislation was passed by Congress in 2016 and has allowed the 9/11 community to move forward with its litigation against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its role in the 9/11 terrorist attacks:
“9/11 Families United strongly supports passage of the Ensuring Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act, which reaffirms the promise Congress made to our community in passing JASTA in 2016,” 9/11 Families United National Chair Terry Strada said today. “Any delay in passing the EJVTA will empower terrorism defendants to dodge accountability in the courts and deny the 9/11 community the justice that we have been seeking since the murders of our family members. We thank the Senators in both parties who are championing this measure. The robust bipartisan support from our country’s lawmakers for our efforts to seek transparency and accountability is both commendable and greatly appreciated.”
The new bill is cosponsored by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Mike Lee (R-UT), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Rick Scott (R-FL), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Peter Welch (D-VT), Pete Ricketts (R-NE), and Ed Markey (D-MA).
About 9/11 Families United:
9/11 Families United is an organization consisting of family members of those murdered in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, as well as many of those who survived, were injured in or sickened from the attacks, a community that numbers well over 10,000. More information is at www.911familiesunited.org