Even after the 1/6 attack, every single Republican on the House Judiciary Committee voted against increasing the government’s power to fight internal terrorism.
The Judiciary Committee passed the bill 21-17, but Republicans voted against it, according to the office of Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY).
- Create three offices to monitor, investigate and prosecute cases of domestic terrorism – one of the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
- Codify the Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee, which will coordinate with the U.S. Attorney and other public security officials to promote the exchange of information and ensure an effective, responsive and organized joint effort to fight domestic terrorism.
- The DOJ, FBI, and DHS must provide training and resources to assist state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies in understanding, identifying, preventing, and investigating domestic terrorism and white supremacy.
In a statement to Politicus USA, Chairman Nadler accused Republicans of being on the side of domestic extremists:
In the case of internal terrorism, the Republicans have once again shown their true colors. They cannot be trusted to keep our communities safe. Contrary to the Straman and conspiracy theories that Republicans use to intimidate the American people, the rise of domestic terrorism is real and has become a worrying threat to places of worship, educational institutions, and ordinary Americans.
Their plan to tackle domestic terrorism appears to have focused solely on demonizing the National School Board Association. Meanwhile, Democrats continue to fight directly against white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and violent extremists who are terrorizing minority organizations and destabilizing our communities. My Republican colleagues like to talk harshly about crime, but today when they were introduced to a bipartisan crime bill, they sided with extremists rather than the American people.
Domestic terrorists are a part of the Republican Party’s base, like the Trump supporters who attacked the Capitol on 1/6. White supremacists and neo-Nazis support Trump and his party.
Republicans don’t want to crack down on domestic terrorists because it could hurt them in future elections.
When asked to defend their country or choose between domestic extremists, every Republican on the House Judiciary Committee chooses extremists.
Mr. Izli is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a congressional correspondent for Politicus USA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. Her undergraduate work, including specialization in the social reform movement, focuses on public policy.
Awards and professional membership
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association
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