Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, thanked Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols for appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to speak out against the failures of the FBI in investigating serial abuser Larry Nassar.

The four gymnasts are among more than a hundred who have accused Nassar of molesting them under the guise of medical treatment while he worked as a doctor for USA Gymnastics and the Michigan State University. While Nassar is now in prison, a recent Justice Department inspector general’s report revealed that the FBI failed to take swift action after being notified of abuse allegations.

US OLYMPIC GYMNASTS SLAM NASSAR INVESTIGATION, ALLEGE FBI ‘TURNED A BLIND EYE,’ FALSIFIED REPORT

“I want to thank each of you for being here. Being here this morning was not easy,” Cruz said. “Each of you inspire millions across the globe. Millions look to your athletic achievements, you have all stood on the biggest stages of the world and done extraordinary things. 

“And you were able to do that through tens of thousands of hours of incredible hard work,” he continued. “And yet that work pales compared to the courage it took to come here today and to tell your story publicly.”