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CT senator to push new terrorism sponsorship bill

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal (WFSB file photo) Sen. Richard Blumenthal (WFSB file photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

One of Connecticut's senators will push a new bill to hold state sponsors of terrorism accountable.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal said he'll join survivors and families of U.S. Marines killed in a barracks bombing that happened in Lebanon back in 1983.

He said he'll announce the new bill on Thursday, which will take aim at sponsors of terrorism and hold them accountable for the atrocities committed against Americans.

“Victims of terrorism and their families have waged courageous legal campaigns to hold state sponsors of terrorism accountable for their atrocities, only to be thwarted by legal loopholes that have allowed those nations to hide funds through illegal transfers to and from foreign banks," Blumenthal said. "My bill will ensure that state sponsors of terrorism like Iran cannot hide from American justice, deterring future attacks."

Blumenthal said six Connecticut Marines were among 241 U.S. peacekeepers killed in Beirut by a suicide bomber.

The bomber drove a truck into the barracks.

The victims and their families are seeking $1.67 billion following a successful lawsuit against Iran for its role in supporting the attack.

However, Blumenthal said they've been thwarted in their efforts due to legal loopholes that allow Iran to shield funds through transfers to and from foreign banks.

Blumenthal has scheduled a news conference for 10 a.m. outside of U.S. District Court in Hartford.

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