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Shaheen Joins Bipartisan Push Urging President Biden to Do Everything in His Power to Rescue American Hostages

**Israeli authorities report that up to 199 total hostages, including Americans, are being held in Gaza by Hamas.**

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined a bipartisan group of 47 Senators, led by U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), on a letter urging President Biden to continue to prioritize the safe release of the American hostages that were taken by Hamas during the terrorist organization’s October 7 attacks on Israel. The letter reaffirms the United States’ commitment to supporting Israel as it dismantles the threat posed by Hamas and recovers from the horrific attacks.

In the letter, the lawmakers wrote:

“Hamas has already killed 30 Americans and likely injured many more…The terrorists responsible for these atrocities hide behind human shields while they threaten to livestream the execution of hostages. Hamas has also reportedly demanded the mass release of prisoners in exchange for freeing its hostages and could use the hostages to push for a ceasefire. With several U.S. citizens still missing in the aftermath of the terror group’s brutal attack, we urge you to continue putting your full attention on the freeing of American hostages. Every day must be treated with a sense of urgency."

“As a result, we urge the United States to continue supporting Israel’s urgent efforts to dismantle the threat of Hamas, provide the necessary resources for Israel’s defense, and continue offering whatever support necessary to immediately and safely rescue kidnapped Americans, with particular attention to those who require urgent medical care."

The letter was also signed by U.S. Senators Ricketts (R-NE), Tuberville (R-AL), Tillis (R-NC), Britt (R-AL), Boozman (R-AR), Barrasso (R-WY), Graham (R-SC), Grassley (R-IA), Capito (R-WV), Cassidy (R-LA), Mullin (R-OK), Scott (R-FL), Wicker (R-MS), Masto (D-NV), Casey (D-PA), Brown (D-OH), Padilla (D-CA), Coons (D-DE), Klobuchar (D-MN), Tester (D-MT), Smith (D-MN), Blumenthal (D-CT), Hagerty (R-TN), Hoeven (R-ND), Durbin (D-IL), Murphy (D-CT), Rosen (D-NV), Daines (R-MT), Risch (R-ID), Duckworth (D-IL), Cornyn (R-TX), Gillibrand (D-NY), Baldwin (D-WI), Bennet (D-CO), Sullivan (R-AK), Lankford (R-OK), Warner (D-VA), Schatz (D-HI), Van Hollen (D-MD), Kelly (D-AZ), Whitehouse (D-RI), Cramer (R-ND), Budd (R-NC) and U.S. Representatives Miller-Meeks (R-IA), Schultz (D-FL) and Issa (R-CA).

Full text of the letter is available here.

Shaheen has long been an advocate for the release of all Americans unjustly imprisoned or held hostage abroad. Shaheen has worked on numerous cases of Americans unjustly detained by foreign governments and she helped lead the Supporting Americans Wrongfully or Unlawfully Detained Abroad Act of 2023, which passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee earlier this year.