Crist Votes to Pass Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act

Calls for all Americans to fight hate

Following the mass shooting in Buffalo this past weekend that targeted the Black community, U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) voted today to pass H.R.350, the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act, legislation to improve how America combats and prevents acts of domestic terrorism and violent extremism. The bill passed the House by a vote of 222-203 and now heads to the Senate for consideration.

“My heart is with the Black community in Buffalo and across America as we mourn more neighbors, friends, and loved ones killed by a violent white supremacist,” said Rep. Crist. “Too many American lives have been lost in attacks driven by hate – Mother Emanuel, Tree of Life, Pulse, Tops Supermarket, the list goes on and on. Enough is enough!

"We cannot tolerate hate in our society. Today's vote is only part of the solution because law enforcement cannot solve this alone. It's on all of us to fight violent hate and racism.”

The Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act would:

          • Create three offices, one each within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), to monitor, investigate, and prosecute cases of domestic terrorism.

          • Require reporting to Congress on domestic terrorism threats, with a specific focus on white supremacists.

        • Establish the Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee to provide an effective, responsive, and coordinated effort to combat domestic terrorism.

        • Expand training and resources to assist state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies in understanding, detecting, deterring, and investigating violent extremism and domestic terrorism.

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