Hoeven, Rubio Call for Investigation of Pro-Palestinian Protestors Defacing Los Angeles National Cemetery

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today joined an effort led by Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) calling on the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate the recent defacement of the Los Angeles National Cemetery, where more than 80,000 veterans are buried, by pro-Palestinian protesters. The senators stressed that vandalizing the cemetery, which is operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, violates federal law and called for the perpetrators to be held accountable.

“Veterans represent the best of America. The men and women who serve in the U.S. military exemplify the sacrifice, determination, and bravery that all Americans should strive for,” wrote the senators. “Like those currently serving in our military, the veterans buried at the Los Angeles National Cemetery fought to protect the fundamental rights of all Americans in countless wars, even the rights of Americans who lack the moral clarity to condemn terrorism. Pro-Hamas radicals and terrorist sympathizers must immediately face consequences for their immoral and illegal tactics.”

In addition to Hoeven and Rubio, the letter was co-signed by U.S. Senators Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.),Ted Budd (R-N.C.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), James Risch (R-Idaho), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine). The full text of the letter can be found here.