Vote Explanation for the Veto Message of the President for S. 2040 — Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act

Like all Americans, I was horrified by the callous terrorist attacks on our soil on September 11, 2001, and I am committed to continuing to stand by the families of 9/11 victims and survivors. As a Congressman, I am committed to preventing tragedies like 9/11, safeguarding our national security, and keeping all our citizens and service members safe.I take this responsibility seriously, and for these reasons I voted to sustain the President’s veto.

S. 2040 puts our U.S. personnel and troops at risk by weakening sovereign immunity protections. Voting for this legislation would leave our military, diplomatic, and intelligence personnel vulnerable to prosecution in civil and criminal courts around the world.

I voted to sustain the President’s veto because I believe this legislation weakens our national security and jeopardizes the critical missions our troops carry out every day, and it also imperils our relationships with important allies. These allies are vital to our fight against ISIS and other adversaries around the world.

I will always stand behind families of 9/11 victims and survivors and do everything I can to support them. Key to this mission is protecting our national security and ensuring no other Americans have to endure what these families faced.