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Florida lawmakers react to bombings in Brussels: 'Overcome with sadness and anger'



Florida lawmakers react to the bombings in Brussels:

Sen. Bill Nelson: “Now is the time for steady resolve as we continue to press against the scourge of terrorism. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims of today's horrific attacks and their families. The bombings in Brussels are a reminder that we must remain vigilant and ‘if you see something, say something’.”

Sen. Marco Rubio: “This is the latest evidence that the civilized world is under siege from a determined enemy who exploits any openness in our societies to inflict the most harm possible on innocent civilians. ‎My condolences to the families of those lost today and my prayers go out to all those who have been injured. The United States and Europe must be united in striking ISIS wherever they seek safe haven to dismantle this terrorist threat once and for all.”

Rep. Alcee Hastings: “I am overcome with sadness and anger today, but take solace in knowing that those responsible for these cowardly attacks will be brought to swift and total justice. All of Europe was targeted by this morning's savagery, yet the values that unite us remain unshaken. We will never relent in our fight against terrorism."

Rep. Kathy Castor: “As I have said before, nothing is more important than the safety of the families of my neighbors and all Americans. We must ensure that law enforcement, intelligence agencies and military service members have the tools they need to keep us safe.  I will continue to work to provide the resources and the will to ourselves and our allies. We will keep America tough and smart and safe."

Rep. David Jolly: "It is times like this that we remain resolved in our fight to protect and preserve the freedoms and liberties that are the foundation of the free world.  Let us also be clear, the actions of ISIS or any other terror organization wishing to do harm to innocent people will not dim the light of democracy. These attacks are a solemn reminder that we face a real security threat and we must resolve to confront it before it again reaches our homeland."

Rep. Patrick Murphy: "The American people stand in solidarity with Belgium today in condemning the terrorist attacks that struck Brussels this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims of these bombings. Our international community must remain united and vigilant in combating extremism and terrorism wherever it occurs."

Rep. Ron DeSantis: “Today's attacks are a foreseeable consequence of bad policies that have refused to identify an enemy that is bent on destroying Western civilization through Islamic jihad.  It is long past time that we in America institute reforms -- such as my bill to prevent terrorists from infiltrating our refugee program -- that will deny terrorists the ability to enter our country and to wage jihad against the American people.  In addition, terrorists cannot be permitted to have a safe haven from which they can plan and train for attacks; the civilized world must show them no quarter.  We cannot repeat the mistakes of our European allies. President Obama has failed to defeat the terrorists; in fact, terrorists are greater in number and have a wider berth for operations than when he assumed office.  We need to recognize that this is a global jihad and that our policies must protect the American people against all forms of Islamic supremacism, from groups like ISIS to the the militant regime in Iran."

Additionally, Gov. Rick Scott has directed flags to be flown at half-staff, joining "Floridians and Americans in mourning with the people of Belgium and denouncing these senseless acts of terror."

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 4:59pm]


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