This bill would require the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security along with the Director of National Intelligence to produce a detailed report of terrorist movements and activity hotbeds for Congress. It would analyze the countries of origin, intended destinations, and means of travel used by terrorist fighters as well as an in-depth documentation of terrorist activity in Iraq and Syria. The report would have to be submitted to relevant Congressional committees within 180 days of this bill’s enactment.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
Committee on Foreign Relations
- senate Committees
- The house Passed January 9th, 2018Roll Call Vote 413 Yea / 0 Nay
Committee on Homeland SecurityIntroducedDecember 6th, 2017
- house Committees
What is House Bill H.R. 4564?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 4564
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA) introduced this bill to require the production of a detailed report of terrorist movements and activity hotbeds to Congress:
“Weakness of the Obama-era Executive Branch and State Department, and the associated alarming decline of our military, as President Obama coerced $93.2 billion in cuts to Department of Defense spending over 8 years, has brought great peril upon the world. Radical Islamic terrorists have exploited the power vacuum in the Middle East to terrorize and attack the free world from the shadows. These cowardly terrorist attacks are increasingly being carried out by ‘foreign fighters’…jihadist terrorists who have left the caliphate or their homeland, traveling abroad to radicalize others and to coordinate specific acts of terror and ‘lone-wolf’ jihadist attacks. My bill identifies terrorist fighters and the tactics they utilize to gain entry to the United States. We must identify and destroy this evil, while also bolstering our own security mechanisms to protect our homeland. The threats facing our nation are rapidly evolving and so must our efforts to defeat them.”
This legislation has the support of five cosponsors in the House, all of whom are Republicans.
Of Note: On December 9 the Iraqi government declared victory over ISIS after the terror group had controlled substantial amounts of territory including major cities like Mosul for the last three years.
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