Senator Bob Menendez is receiving backlash from American families who have had their victim compensation money blocked.
Senator Block Pay to Terrorist Victims’ Families
The New Jersey senator has blocked a $300 million deal, which would pay $10 million each to the families of 12 deceased Americans who lost their lives to terrorist bombings at U.S. embassies. Foreigners who worked at the embassy would get $800,000.
Edith Bartley, the daughter of a diplomat, is one of the victims affected by Menendez’s decision, the New York Post reported.
Her dad and brother were killed in Kenya in 1998 during a terrorist bombing at the U.S. Embassy. Another explosion in Tanzania costs more Americans their lives.
“It would be a travesty for any member to block the passage of this agreement over compensation levels,” wrote Bartley wrote in a June 4 letter to Menendez.
The daughter of a diplomat who lost her dad and younger brother to the terrorist bombing of the US Embassy in Kenya in 1998 is furious with New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez for preventing her and others from receiving millions in victim https://t.co/4NZV6G1WFw pic.twitter.com/zOFjvygWAj
— The Green Orbit (@GreenOrbit2020) July 6, 2020
Dem’s Playbook: Foreigners Over Americans
Menendez told The Post that his decision was because he thought the deal “simply does not do justice for the many victims who worked at U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in some cases for decades, and who are now American citizens.”
The Democratic senator is the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
“We must be sure that the United States reaches the best settlement possible for every American family impacted by these horrid terrorist attacks,” he added.
1998 Terrorist Attack Still Leaves its Mark
On August 7, 1998, 224 people were killed by planned bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. More than 4,000 people sustained injuries.
The U.S. Sudan Agreement is currently in the reviewing stage with the Senate and should be voted on in the next few days. The agreement has bipartisan support and Menendez’s refusal to compensate Americans has been drawing criticism from both sides of the political aisle.
Senator Versus Americans
The lives of the families, who are still dealing with the loss of their loved ones, are being played with.
“My entire world stopped and was never the same from that moment forward,” Bartley said. “I felt so helpless when I heard about what happened…because I couldn’t protect my little brother. I had to do something.”
Bartley decided to study law at the University of Missouri to try and use this to bring justice to her family. She is now the spokeswoman for the Families of the Americans killed in Nairobi.
The U.S. Senate is no place for terrorist sympathizers, and families of Americans lost to terrorists are continuing to speak out against such.