Wilson, Gimenez Introduce JUMP Act to Waive Repayment Requirements for Americans Evacuated from Israel
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) and Congressman Carlos Gimenez (FL-28) jointly filed the Justifiable Use of Money for Peace (JUMP) Act, a bill that waives the current U.S. State Department’s repayment requirement for Americans evacuated from Israel. This legislation allows Americans who were victims of the Hamas attack and those wishing to evacuate to return home to the United States without the need for repayment to be evacuated.
"In times of crisis, the last thing we should burden our fellow Americans franticly trying to evacuate Israel with is bureaucratic red tape and financial strain as they flee the horrors inflicted by Hamas terrorists,” said Congresswoman Wilson. “The JUMP Act is a beacon of compassion, recognizing the unimaginable pain and trauma victims face. By waiving the U.S. State Department’s repayment requirement, we're offering solace to those grieving, allowing them to begin the healing process without the added weight of repayments. This bill is a call for empathy, and I urge my colleagues to stand with us in prioritizing the well-being of Americans escaping Hamas terror.”
The JUMP Act addresses the urgent needs of Americans who have found themselves caught in the crossfire of the recent conflict, particularly those affected by the reprehensible actions of Hamas terrorists. This legislation offers a compassionate response to the harrowing experiences faced by victims of the Hamas attack, allowing them to return home to the United States without the financial burden of repaying evacuation services. Congresswoman Wilson introduced the bill with Congressman Gimenez as an original cosponsor.
“On October 7, Hamas terrorists invaded Israel’s sovereign borders, indiscriminately killing, kidnapping, and torturing thousands of civilians while leaving countless others in desperate need of evacuation back to the United States,” said Congressman Carlos Gimenez. “As the law is written, US citizens and permanent residents that take U.S. government transport are required to repay the cost of their transportation. A victim of Hamas terrorism in the midst of an evacuation should not be burdened by cumbersome paperwork or be forced to repay their transportation. I am proud to work with my fellow South Florida colleague Rep. Frederica Wilson (FL-24) to introduce a bill that waives this onerous requirement and allows victims to mourn without a costly repayment looming.”
One of the key provisions of the JUMP Act is the elimination of the U.S. State Department's repayment requirement, recognizing the exceptional circumstances that necessitate swift and uncomplicated repatriation. The bill is designed to ease the burdens faced by Americans, both in terms of financial obligations and the complex legal documentation typically associated with reentry. The JUMP Act reflects a bipartisan effort to streamline the repatriation process and demonstrates a commitment to standing with Americans in times of crisis.
For the full bill text of the JUMP Act, click here.