A bipartisan group of five senators has introduced legislation to authorize a $10 million reward for information leading to the capture of militants responsible for the beheading of two U.S. journalists, APA reports quoting local media.
The legislation would require the State Department to authorize the reward for any information that leads to the arrest of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters who conspired to kill James Foley and Steven Sotloff.
"This bill is a symbol of our commitment to their parents that America will not rest until justice is served, and let it serve as a clear message to ISIL that we will stop at nothing to ensure the deaths of these beloved journalists do not go unpunished," Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said in a statement.
Along with Rubio, Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) also sponsored the bill.
The legislation would update the State Department's Rewards for Justice Program that started in 1984. The United States has paid more than $125 million to people who have provided information about international terrorism since then, according to the lawmakers.
Late last month, the British government said it was close to identifying the militant shown in the video killing Foley.