United States lawmakers from Connecticut reacted to the news that dozens of people were killed at the Brussels Airport and metro station by 'suicide attacks.
U.S. Rep Joe Courtney called Tuesday's attacks "cowardly."
The cowardly attack on our ally Belgium is an attack on us all. The U.S. stands with the victims against terrorism.— Rep. Joe Courtney (@RepJoeCourtney) March 22, 2016
However, Courtney was not the only lawmaker to comment on the attacks.
We mourn for Belgium today, and we stand shoulder to shoulder with our Belgian friends and allies against terrorism.— Elizabeth Esty (@RepEsty) March 22, 2016
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy called the terror attacks a "horrifying reminder of the global threat" that are posed by groups such as "ISIS and their ideology of death."
“These vicious attacks underscore the importance of open channels of communication between Europe and the United States. Many of these European based terrorists are just a short plane ride away from launching attacks in the United States. Yet our information sharing with Europe is simply not as strong as it should be. As a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, I will continue to strongly press our allies to do more to collect and share information with the United States about terrorist threats. A threat to Europe is a threat to us, plain and simple," Murphy said in a statement on Tuesday.
Murphy also said his "heart goes out to the victims, their families, and the people of Belgium." He pledged that America stands with them in "this dark hour."
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal also commented on the terror attacks.
My heart goes out to victims of today’s terrorist attack in #Brussels. We must continue to work with our allies to combat terrorism.— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) March 22, 2016
U.S. Rep. John Larson also commented on the Brussels terror attacks.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, first responders, and their families after this devastating attack. Violence that targets innocent civilians is the ultimate act of cowardice. The U.S. stands with our European allies and victims of terrorist attacks wherever they may be, and I echo the President and my colleagues in Congress when I say we stand ready to assist however we can," Larson said in a statement on Tuesday.
U.S. Rep Jim Himes said the country stands in solidarity with the people of Brussels.
We stand in solidarity with #Brussels and pray for the victims. Cowardly attacks will serve only to redouble our efforts against terrorism.— Jim Himes (@jahimes) March 22, 2016
U.S. Rep Rosa DeLauro said she mourns those lost in the terror attacks.
As we mourn the loss of so many innocent lives, our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Belgium.— Rosa DeLauro (@rosadelauro) March 22, 2016
DeLauro said the U.S. and the people of Brussels are "united" after the attacks.
The attacks in Brussels only make us more resolute in our fight against terror and though we may be shaken, we are united.— Rosa DeLauro (@rosadelauro) March 22, 2016
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) called the attacks "a brutal and cowardly attack on an American ally and on our shared values of democracy and freedom."
“Terrorists commit these horrific acts to instill fear and to tempt us into abandoning our values. But we must not give into fear. We must not turn our backs on our values. In the face of this deadly threat, we must stand as united and determined as ever to defeat terrorism," Esty said in a statement on Tuesday.
Esty said the United States "stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of Belgium."
“Our challenge is two-fold: to defeat groups like ISIS abroad while preventing similar acts of terrorism here at home. To accomplish that mission, we must work with our allies to strengthen our intelligence and counterterrorism efforts, cooperate with local law enforcement to identify individuals who may have become radicalized and intervene before they can act, and commit the shared resources required to root out this deadly enemy," Esty said.
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