DearColleague.us

Letter

 

From: The Honorable Walter B. Jones
Sent By: bryan.martin@mail.house.gov
Bill: H.Res. 748
Date: 5/31/2016

Dear Colleague:

I invite you to cosponsor H.Res. 748, a resolution that would discourage American law firms from working with Iran to avoid paying compensation to American victims of Iran-sponsored terrorism.

Currently, multiple American law firms are working against American victims of terror seeking payments against Iran for state-sponsored terrorism – victims including the families of the 220 United States Marines based out
of Camp Lejeune in my district who were killed in the 1983 Marine Barracks Bombing in Beirut. Too often, justice is denied to victims of terrorism; however, it is unpatriotic for Americans to stifle efforts of other Americans to get justice. Corporate greed
now outweighs patriotism and we as Congress should express our dismay against this shameful act.

In the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012, the United States Congress made assets of Iran based in the United States available to be used to pay judgements against Iran. Additionally, in April 2016, the
United States Supreme Court upheld (
Bank Markazi v. Peterson) that Congress acted within its statutory authority to enact legislation to provide justice to victims of Iran-sponsored
terrorism. Regardless, there are still American law firms working to prevent payment of these judgements to American citizens.

I encourage you to join me in sending a strong message to these firms that it is unacceptable to work with terrorist sponsors against American citizens.

For more information or to cosponsor, please contact Bryan Martin in my office at
Bryan.Martin@mail.house.gov or 202-225-3415.

Sincerely,

 

Walter B. Jones

Member of Congress