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NE, IA politicians on Brussels attack

Posted at 11:13 AM, Mar 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-22 18:14:27-04

KMTV has reached out to Nebraska and Iowa's members of Congress for reaction to the attacks in Brussels.

Nebraska

Deb Fischer

“I join all Nebraskans in offering my condolences and solidarity to the people of Brussels in the face of this senseless violence. Nothing will ever justify the deliberate targeting of innocent civilians.

“While the goal of these attacks may be to fracture the free world with fear, our response should demonstrate resolve and unity to defeat these terrorists. Those who planned and coordinated these attacks, as well as anyone who provided assistance, must be brought swiftly to justice.”

Ben Sasse

"Brussels is the latest battlefield in the fight against violent Islam. Leadership is not found in platitudes that do not name our enemy. The American people deserve a serious, long-term strategy to defeat violent Islam."

Adrian Smith

Via Twitter: "The attack in #Brussels once again shakes us to the core and grieves the world. We need leadership and a comprehensive plan to defeat ISIS."

Jeff Fortenberry

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Brad Ashford

Via Twitter: "Once again a horrific reminder that the fight against terrorism is ongoing #brusselsairport [website link]"

Via Facebook: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Belgium in the aftermath of these horrific terrorist bombings. Those responsible must be brought to justice." 

Iowa 

Joni Ernst

“Once again, we are confronted with devastating news of yet another terrorist attack on one of our allies. This terrorist attack targeting the Belgian people and the de facto capital of the European Union is a tragic event. We must do all we can to leverage our intelligence capabilities and counterterrorism tools to assist our European partners to prevent further attacks on the West. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, the Belgian people, and all of Europe as they continue to live under the threat of terrorist attacks.

“We must stand united in the fight against terrorism and strengthen our efforts to preserve and protect our liberties and our way of life. We must take up an AUMF to give President Obama every authority to destroy ISIS. Now is the time for all Americans to stand up and show our support for our Belgian allies, the cause of freedom, and for those men and women who confront terrorism on a daily basis to help prevent horrifying attacks from happening again.”

Chuck Grassley

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Steve King

"Our hearts and prayers are with Brussels as I express my deepest condolences to the families of those ruthlessly murdered and to the Belgian people. There is no excuse for the horror our world experienced this morning, and there has never been a more important time for us to stand together in fighting terrorism. 

This devastating attack brings a focus on the duty of Western Civilization - to defeat the ideology of radical Islamic jihad. With the increased acts of terrorism around the world, comes a deepened understanding that these attacks are not isolated incidents.  We are at war with radical Islamic terrorists because they actively choose to be at war with us, using their faith as an excuse to kill innocent men, women and children. Today, I stand with Brussels in solidarity, and I vow to fight radical Islamic terrorism.”

Dave Loebsack

KMTV has reached out for a statement. Check back for an update.

Rod Blum

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