WASHINGTON – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) issued the following statement announcing they have reached an agreement with the Trump administration to include historic legislation to protect victims of terrorism and restore Sudan’s immunity from terror-related lawsuits as part of the end of year omnibus spending package being voted on by Congress. Passage of the Senators’ Sudan Claims Resolution Act (SCRA) follows the Trump administration’s recent removal of Sudan from the state sponsors of terrorism list, and both elements are key to the United States’ normalization of relations with Sudan and to bolstering Sudan’s fragile political and economic outlook.
“We are deeply gratified that the Sudan Claims Resolution Act will be adopted as part of the omnibus appropriations act being passed this week. The SCRA, which is based on the proposal we offered the White House earlier this month, is a hard-fought victory that accomplishes four crucial objectives: it fully preserves and protects the legal claims of 9/11 families – claims the Trump administration attempted to eliminate; it restores Sudan’s sovereign immunity; it unlocks and ensures equal compensation for and treatment of all U.S. citizen victims and families of the East Africa Embassy bombings; and advances the interests of victims of terrorism more broadly.
“As we said throughout months of intense negotiations, the United States has critical strategic and national security interests in supporting Sudan’s fragile transition to democracy. However, that support should not and will not come at the expense of protecting the rights of terrorism victims, and the rights of all American citizens, regardless of nation of origin.
“We are proud we were ultimately able to work on a commonsense compromise, free of poison pills, that addresses the grave shortcomings in the Trump administration’s original deal with Sudan. Now that the state sponsor of terrorism designation for Sudan has been lifted, and victims’ claims can be responsibly resolved, we look forward to working with the incoming Biden administration to develop a plan to further advance those critical national security, humanitarian and development goals.”
A Copy of the Sudan Claims Resolution Act (SCRA) can be found HERE. Key accomplishments of the SCRA include: