Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of two counterterrorism bills from the Chairmen’s Task Force on Counterterrorism and Homeland Security and the Foreign Fighters Task Force:
“After the Paris attacks last year, I formed the Chairmen’s Task Force on Counterterrorism and Homeland Security. Along with Chairman McCaul’s (TX-10) Foreign Fighters Task Force, we are committed to combating the growing terrorist threat and blocking the ability of foreign fighters to travel into the United States. Today, the House passed two bills from these task forces by Representatives John Katko (NY-24) and Will Hurd (TX-23) that require the President to create a national strategy to impede terrorist travel and review every known instance in which a person attempted to travel from America to Iraq and Syria to join or support a terrorist organization. These bills are a first step to stop terrorists and terrorist sympathizers from joining together and infiltrating our homeland. To win this fight against radical Islamists, the Obama Administration must take these important steps to help stop terrorists from being able to get where the want to go.”
NOTE: Today, the House passed the National Strategy to Combat Terrorist Travel Act (H.R. 4408) by a vote of 392-0 and the Foreign Fighter Review Act (H.R. 4402) by a vote of 397-0.