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Pingree, House Approve Bipartisan Bill to Help Law Enforcement Combat Domestic Terrorism

Maine’s 1st District Congresswoman is a cosponsor of the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act, which passed in the House tonight in the wake of the devastating shootings in Buffalo, N.Y. and Laguna Woods, Calif. by a 222-203 vote

WASHINGTON, DC—Tonight, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and the U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation to strengthen law enforcement efforts to prevent, report on, respond to, and investigate acts of domestic terrorism. The Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act (DTPA), introduced by Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) and cosponsored by Pingree, is designed to combat the growing threat of domestic violent extremists, including white supremacists who have carried out two shootings this week.

“On January 6, 2021, domestic terrorists violently stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to overturn the democratic process. January 6 remains one of the darkest days in our nation’s history. Tragically, domestic terrorism, violent extremism, and white supremacy have been on the rise in this country for years. In less than a week, the nation has suffered two premeditated acts of racist, rightwing domestic terrorism, in Buffalo and Southern California. Clearly, despite the persistent and growing threat, the federal government’s response has not kept pace,” Congresswoman Pingree said. “I cosponsored and helped pass this legislation with my colleagues to give our law enforcement the tools to better prevent and respond to domestic terrorist attacks. We must be vigilant to the threat.”

The bill authorizes domestic terrorism offices within the Department of Justice Department (DOJ), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and requires biannual reporting on the state of domestic terrorism threats. It also requires the offices to focus their limited resources on the most significant threats, as determined by the number of domestic terrorism-related incidents outlined in the joint report. The intent of the legislation is to better equip these agencies and enable them to work together to effectively identify risks and successfully thwart domestic terror threats. 

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