Today, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) joined Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.), Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), Rep. Cory Mills (R-Fla.) and the families of four hostages taken by Hamas terrorists to discuss the horrific attacks perpetrated by Hamas on the Israeli people and the need for unified support for Israel from the United States. Leader Scalise emphasized that House Republicans will stand by these families and the families of all missing or murdered Israelis in their pursuit of answers and justice, and will support Israel every step of the way in their war against these barbaric terrorists.
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On supporting Israel and the families of those killed or taken hostage by Hamas:
“It's heartbreaking when you listen to the stories of Doris, of so many others. Last Friday, we had some other family members of those who were slaughtered on [October] 7th, those who still have hostages that are taken in Gaza, and all they want is their family members back. This Republican majority will continue to stand with Israel and their right to defend themselves, to eliminate Hamas, and to get the hostages back.
“This is not a time to be talking about ceasefires, pauses. Hamas gave that up on the 7th when they went into villages and slaughtered people – when they attacked music festivals, peaceful music festivals, mowing down people, taking more hostages, including American citizens, too.
“And so this is a war. It's a war that the people of Israel are resolved to confront. It's a war that we here in the United States are going to stand with Israel every step of the way to make sure these families get the relief they need to get their family members back. Hopefully, pray to God their family members are still alive, and we're going to continue saying those prayers, but we're also going to be there every step of the way with them, as well.
“So our resolve has never been stronger. We need to stand with Israel. We need to stand up against the anti-semitism that we continue to see here. It's disturbing, it's alarming, but it shows you that this is a time that we need to continue to be strong in our support of Israel but also strong in our resolve against the evils and the atrocities that seem to pop their heads up in ugly times like this.”