Lawmakers offer rewards for information on journalists' killers

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRepublican lawmakers ask Trump not to delay Pentagon cloud-computing contract Overnight Defense: US shoots down Iranian drone | Pentagon sending 500 more troops to Saudi Arabia | Trump mulls Turkey sanctions | Trump seeks review of Pentagon cloud-computing contract EU official in Canada says he feels 'at home' there because no one was shouting 'send him back' 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 ShaheenPoll: McConnell is most unpopular senator How to reduce Europe's dependence on Russian energy Epstein charges show Congress must act to protect children from abuse MORE (D-N.H.), Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteKey endorsements: A who's who in early states Sinema, Gallagher fastest lawmakers in charity race New Hampshire senator to ask 2020 Dems to back repeal of state residency law MORE (R-N.H.), Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzHow to reduce Europe's dependence on Russian energy Cruz calls for 'every penny' of El Chapo's criminal enterprise to be used for Trump's wall after sentencing Conservatives defend Chris Pratt for wearing 'Don't Tread On Me' T-shirt 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.