"It was a good team effort teaming up with them to do that, and long since overdue. ... This ensures they will be compensated for the terror and the trauma and the torture."
We wrote about this a couple years ago when Isakson introduced a bill to compensate the hostages. A taste:
But the torture did not cause Scott's post-traumatic stress, the Jonesboro resident said. It came instead from how his own government didn't seek stronger punishment against Iran and has blocked the hostages from seeking recompense since their 1981 release.
The question remains when they will get the money. More background today from the New York Times:
The law authorizes payments of up to $10,000 per day of captivity for each of the 53 hostages, 37 of whom are still alive. Fifty-two hostages were released on Jan. 20, 1981; a 53rd hostage had been released earlier because of illness. Spouses and children are authorized to receive a lump payment of as much as $600,000.