Donovan, House Pass Anti-Terror Package in Response to Orlando Attack
Washington, DC—June 16, 2016....The House of Representatives today passed a bill that Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) cosponsored, the Countering Terrorist Radicalization Act, in response to the growing threat of radicalization within America’s borders. The package includes measures to improve security and prevent Americans from becoming indoctrinated by the hate-filled propaganda of radical Islamic extremism. The bill passed by a margin of 402-15.
The legislation combines three bills that were already passed by the House of Representatives with broad bipartisan support. By combining the bills into one package, the House hopes the Senate can take action more quickly and move the legislation to the President’s desk for signature.
Congressman Donovan said, “We can’t lose focus of the threat here: radical Islamic terror has once again hit our shores. Today’s action by the House addresses the undeniable threat of homegrown radicalization. It doesn’t fix every problem, but this package is good, sound policy and deserves to be passed by the Senate immediately.”
The legislation pulls from three House-passed bills, all of which Donovan voted to support:
- H.R. 4401 – Amplifying Local Efforts to Root out Terror (ALERT) Act: Authorizes the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to expand its work to quickly identify suspicious activity in the community through state and urban fusion centers. There are nearly 80 fusion centers nationwide that bring together law enforcement and intelligence agencies. They’re an important point of outreach to help communities spot signs of radicalization and disrupt attacks. The ALERT Act also requires DHS to assess its efforts to assist state and local governments in countering violent extremism.
- H.R. 4820 – Combating Terrorist Recruitment Act: Requires DHS to expand its efforts to counter-message terrorist organizations like ISIS that use social media propaganda to recruit and radicalize potential operatives in our own communities. It also requires DHS to use testimonials from former extremists to fight back against terrorist recruitment. The narratives of former extremists and defectors can help prevent other individuals from being lured down the path to violence and terrorism.
- H.R. 4407 – Counterterrorism Advisory Board Act: Ensures DHS is effectively integrating intelligence, operations, and policy to fight terrorism by strengthening the Counterterrorism Advisory Board (CTAB). The CTAB is the central counterterrorism decision-making body at DHS and sets the procedures for issuing terrorism alerts.