WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee released the following statement on the terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this horrific tragedy, and their loved ones who are suffering unimaginable loss. Let us also express our utmost gratitude to our first responders who put their lives on the line to save others.

“This tragedy underscores that we must do more in our fight to defeat terrorism here at home and across the globe. We have already been told that ISIS is present in all 50 states. We simply cannot afford to sit on the sidelines as attacks on Americans, powered by Islamic terrorism, continue to take place.

“Now is the time to stand united against this evil, and prevent future acts of terror from happening here at home.”

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