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Marines in Congress Urge Trump Administration to Support Bombing Victims in Court

March 12, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Last night, Congressmen Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and Paul Cook (R-CA) led nine other Marines currently serving in the House of Representatives in urging the Trump Administration to stand up for the families of victims of the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon and oppose Iran's request for certiorari at the Supreme Court.

The full letter can be found here. It was signed by Reps. Gallego, Cook, Jack Bergman (R-MI), Mike Bost (R-IL), Salud Carbajal (D-CA), Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Jared Golden (D-ME), Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Conor Lamb (D-PA), Seth Moulton (D-MA), and Van Taylor (R-TX).

Rep. Gallego released the following statement:

“As a United States Marine, I am honor bound to remain always faithful to the memory of my 241 brothers and sisters who were killed by terrorists in 1983 in Beirut. The families of the fallen should not be blocked from justice by elaborate attempts to hide funds that they are entitled to following multiple court judgments. I hope and expect that the Administration makes this argument in favor of the Marine families as a friend of the Court.”

Rep. Cook released the following statement:

“I was still on active duty when Iranian-backed terrorists killed all those brave Marines. Unfortunately, the Iranian government might never receive the punishment they deserve, but we have an opportunity to hold them responsible financially while providing some overdue monetary support to the Marine families. I look forward to seeing this Administration fight for our Marine families and against the Iranian regime.”