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

“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.” 

Senator Ernst is a cosponsor of Senator Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) joint resolution for the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the Islamic State (ISIS) and its associated forces.

The following information was released by the U.S. Embassy Brussels, Belgium:

Security Message for U.S. Citizens:

Preliminary reports indicate one or more explosive devices have gone off at Zaventem Airport and Maelbeek metro. The U.S. Embassy recommends sheltering in place and avoiding all public transportation. We will update with further information when available.

The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that Belgium is at a threat rating of Level 4, or “serious and imminent attack.”   Such events can take place with little or no notice; therefore U.S. citizens are urged to:

  • Be aware of local events,
  • Follow local authority instructions
  • Monitor local media further developments and, 
  • Take the appropriate steps to bolster your personal security.

For further information:

  • See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Belgium Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Brussels, which is located at Blvd du Regent 27, B-1000 in Brussels and is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (except U.S. federal and Belgian holidays). If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S, Embassy is: 02-811-4000. To contact the Consulate General, please e-mail us at USCitizenBrussels@state.gov.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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