Lawmakers offer rewards for information on journalists' killers

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio blocks quick votes on stalemated defense bill Wisconsinites need infrastructure that is built to last  Republicans struggle to save funding for Trump's border wall MORE (R-Fla.) introduced a bill Monday that would authorize up to $10 million in rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals involved in the kidnapping and murders of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff

Rubio was joined by Sens. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenBiden administration resists tougher Russia sanctions in Congress GOP holds on Biden nominees set back gains for women in top positions Sununu setback leaves GOP scrambling in New Hampshire MORE (D-N.H.), Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteSununu setback leaves GOP scrambling in New Hampshire The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP dealt 2022 blow, stares down Trump-era troubles Sununu exit underscores uncertain GOP path to gain Senate majority MORE (R-N.H.), Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzProposal to move defense bill running into new GOP objections GOP anger with Fauci rises Senate nearing deal on defense bill after setback MORE (R-Tex.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). 

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“James Foley and Steven Sotloff nobly risked their lives in the pursuit of truth, and the United States will not stand idly by after two of its own were brutally murdered at the hands of fundamentally evil and freedom-hating extremists,” Rubio said. 

The bill would update the State Department’s Rewards for Justice Program, founded in 1984, to offer rewards to anyone providing information on those responsible for committing, conspiring, or aiding in the kidnapping and murders of Foley and Sotloff. 

“James and Steven contributed greatly to the world through their reporting, and we must vigorously pursue those responsible for their murders,” Shaheen said.

“Terrorists around the world must know that if they harm Americans, we will hunt them down and bring them to justice,” Ayotte added. 

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has released videos showing the executions of Foley and Sotloff. Both were beheaded and had been captured by ISIS in Syria while reporting on that country’s civil war. 

Cruz said the murder of Foley and Sotloff was a “stark reminder of the radical Islamic terrorism that threatens the United States.” 

“There could be no better use for the Rewards for Justice program than the capturing or killing of these savage Jihadists who will only keep trying to destroy Americans until we stop them,” he said.