Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate: S. 2132, Promoting Security and Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act of 2019   [open pdf - 50KB]

This is the Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate as reported by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on October 21, 2019. From the Document: "S. 2132 would change the criteria for establishing jurisdiction over terrorist entities if the defendant in a case is the Palestinian Authority (PA), the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), or any organization or entity that represents Palestine in connection with official business of the United Nations. The bill would establish federal jurisdiction over a defendant--and therefore enable U.S. victims to file suit--if the entity: [1] Makes any payment to an individual (or to his or her family) who has been tried or pleaded guilty to an act of terrorism that injured or killed a U.S. national and has subsequently been imprisoned for that act, [2] Conducts any activity while physically present in the United States on behalf of the PA or the PLO, or [3] Applies for or maintains standing equivalent to membership in the United Nations or an affiliated agency. In addition, the bill would permit the PA and the PLO to accept U.S. economic and security assistance without subjecting themselves to the jurisdiction of U.S. courts."

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