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GOP Leaders Stall Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Act

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Eighty members of Congress, including two Democrats, now support the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act, with one more congressman and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee signing up since the last update. There’s only one problem: The Republican leadership is stalling it, even though the House version passed the Judiciary Committee.

The two new cosponsors are Senator David Perdue (R-GA) and Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA). The former is especially significant because he is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee where it is held up. A list of cosponsors and opponents is available at the bottom of this article.

Terrorism expert Patrick Poole writes that the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Corker (R-TN), has not even held hearings on the bill, much less arranged for it to be voted on. Corker is reportedly being vetted as a potential running mate for Donald Trump.

The story is even more discouraging in the House, where support for the bill was proven when it passed the Judiciary Committee. Yet, Speaker Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy have not given any public indication that he’ll have the House vote on it.

“There really is no good reason why GOP leadership should continue blocking these bills from coming to the floor. Our closest allies, namely Egypt, Israel and Jordan, are taking action against the Muslim Brotherhood. As the Brotherhood rank-and-file in Egypt escalate terror attacks, and Brotherhood militias openly ally with Ansar al-Sharia in Libya and other affiliates across the Middle East become more militant, we should not be giving them aid and refuge while our allies actively fight them,” Poole told Clarion Project.

Four organizations representing persecuted Christians are also pushing for the bill. A prominent Kurdish Muslim activist is also supporting the bill.

You can make a difference in less than one minute. Ask your representative to take a stand by using our easy online form.

Numerous congressional staff members have told us about how much of an impact our readers are having on Capitol Hill—many are hearing you, but the voices must be persistent and louder.

Even if the act does not pass, this is a unique opportunity to find out which members of Congress pay attention to this issue, and where they stand on the Muslim Brotherhood and its U.S.-based affiliates. The legislation outlines the evidence linking the Brotherhood and Hamas to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT).

See where your representatives stand—or if they have even taken a stand—by looking at the chart below:

 

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Members Without a Stated Position on S2230

Barbara Boxer (D-CA)

John Barrasso (R-WY)

Ben Cardin (D-MD); Ranking Member

Christopher Coons (D-DE)

Bob Corker (R-TN); Chairman

Jeff Flake (R-AZ)

Cory Gardner (R-CO)

Johnny Isakson (R-GA)

Tim Kaine (D-VA)

Edward Markey (D-WA)

Bob Menendez (D-NJ)

Chris Murphy (D-CT)

Rand Paul (R-KY)

James Risch (R-ID)

Marco Rubio (R-FL)

Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)

Tom Udall (D-NM)

 

Senators in Support of the Act

Ted Cruz (R-TX)

Original introducer of legislation

Orrin Hatch (R-UT)

 

Ron Johnson (R-WI)

Foreign Relations Committee member

Pat Roberts (R-KS)

 

Jerry Moran (R-KS)

 

James Inhofe (R-OK)

 

David Perdue (R-GA)

Foreign Relations Committee member

 

Representatives in Support of HR3892 (Cosponsors and/or Voted Yay)

Mike Bishop (R-MI)

Diane Black (R-TN)

Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

Jim Bridenstine (R-OK)

Ken Buck (R-CO)

Ken Calvert (R-CA)

Steve Chabot (R-OH)

Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)

Curt Clawson (R-FL)

Doug Collins (R-GA)

Charlie W. Dent (R-PA)

Ron DeSantis (R-FL)

Scott DesJerlais (R-TN)

Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)

Blake Farenthold (R-TX)

J. Randy Forbes (R-VA)

Trent Franks (R-AZ)

Louie Gohmert (R-TX)

Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)

Trey Gowdy (R-SC)

Kay Granger (R-TX)

Vicky Hartzler (R-MO)

Darrell Issa (R-CA)

Bill Johnson (R-OH)

Jim Jordan (R-OH)

David P. Joyce (R-OH)

Steve King (R-IA)

Barry Loudermilk (R-GA)

Tom Marino (R-PA)

John L. Mica (R-FL)

Steven Palazzo (R-MS)

Colin C. Peterson (D-MN)

Ted Poe (R-TX)

Mike Pompeo (R-KS)

Bill Posey (R-FL)

John Ratcliffe (R-TX)

Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)

David Rouzer (R-NC)

Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI)

Lamar Smith (R-TX)

Steve Stivers (R-OH)

David A. Trott (R-MI)

Mimi Walters (R-CA)

Randy Weber (R-TX)

Mike Kelly (R-PA)

Duncan Hunter (R-CA)

Candice S. Miller (R-MI)

James B. Renacci (R-OH)

Daniel Webster (R-FL)

Peter J. Roskam (R-IL)

Tim Huelskamp (R-KS

Charlie J. Fleischmann (R-TN)

Jeff Duncan (R-SC)

Dave Brat (R-VA)

Todd Rokita (R-IN)

Kenny Marchant (R-TX)

Robert Pittenger (R-NC)

Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)

Richard Hudson (R-NC)

Gene Green (D-TX)

Bruce Westerman (R-AR)

Charles W. Boustany, Jr. (R-LA)

Doug Lamborn (R-C)

Mick Mulvaney (R-SC)

Austin Scott (R-GA)

Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)

Kevin Cramer (R-ND)

Dennis A. Ross (R-FL)

Jeff Miller (R-FL)

Robert J. Dold (R-IL)

Carlos Curbelo (R-FL)

Tom Marino (R-PA)

 

 

Representatives Opposed to the Act

Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA)

Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA)

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN)

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI)

Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA)

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL)

Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX)

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)

Rep. Pedro Pierluisi (D-Puerto Rico)

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Ryan Mauro is ClarionProject.org’s national security analyst, a fellow with Clarion Project and an adjunct professor of homeland security. Mauro is frequently interviewed on top-tier television and radio. Read more, contact or arrange a speaking engagement.

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Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org