House Homeland Security Chair Backs Brotherhood Ban

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) and two other congressmen have endorsed the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act. A total of 90 members of Congress have cosponsored or voted for the bill’s advancement, including two Democrats.

The other two new cosponsors are Reps. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) and Glenn Grothman (R-WI).

The act passed the House Judiciary Committee earlier this year but was stalled when Republican leadership in the House did not schedule a vote. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chaired by Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), did not even schedule hearings. It was originally introduced by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX).

Click here to ask your representatives to support the legislation. 

The legislation states that Congress' assessment is that the Muslim Brotherhood qualifies for designation as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the State Department. It gives the secretary of state 60 days to provide a detailed response as to whether the Brotherhood fits the criteria or not.

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).

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) reiterated his comment to passing the legislation on November 15 and linked to a blog post based on the Clarion Project’s article.

Renewed momentum for the legislation would likely result in the Trump Administration’s State Department designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.

Trump has chosen several supporters of designating the Brotherhood for his Cabinet, including Rep. Mike Pompeo as CIA director; Senator Jeff Sessions as attorney general; General Michael Flynn as national security adviser and Steve Bannon as chief political strategist. Incoming Defense Secretary General James Mattis is also likely to be supportive.

Trump also chose Monica Crowley as the national security council’s director of strategic communications and Katharine Gorka as part of the “landing team” overseeing the transitions at the Department of Homeland Security. Both support designating the Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.

We recently reported how a Muslim activist, Dr. Qanta Ahmed, wrote an op-ed asking President-elect Trump to designate the Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization. Four organizations representing persecuted Christians are also pushing for the bill. A prominent Kurdish Muslim activist is also supporting the bill.

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act must be careful not to squander an important opportunity.

While it is true that the new secretary of state may very well designate the Brotherhood, thus rendering the legislation irrelevant, that is not the best first step, as welcomed as it would be.

By having a vote on the legislation first, the American public gets a rare “red line” moment to find out where their representatives stand and compel them to become educated on the issue. All members of Congress sound tough when it comes to ISIS and Al-Qaeda, but only a minority speak with proficiency about the broader Islamist networks and ideology.

A quick move by the secretary of state would end this period of education for elected officials and for the American public. It would embolden wobbly politicians to say they privately disagreed with the designation when the Islamists raise the temperature. The American people deserve to know their representatives stood at this moment in time when their hands were forced.

Below is a list of those who have cosponsored the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act (HR3892 and S2230) or voted in favor of its advancement. Please review the list and click here to ask your representatives to take a stand if they are not on the list.

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

Jeff Sessions (R-AL)




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)

Tim Walberg (R-MI)

John Moolenaar (R-MI)

Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ)

Mo Brooks (R-AL)

Sam Johnson (R-TX)

Lee Zeldin (R-NY)

John Fleming (R-LA)

Lou Barletta (R-PA)

Michael McCaul (R-TX)

Brad R. Wenstrup (R-OH)

Glenn Grothman (R-WI)


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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