Momentum for the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act continues to grow in Congress, thanks in part due to Clarion Project readers contacting their representatives. Five more members of the House of Representatives signed on in what could be a seminal moment in the fight against Islamism.
The additional five cosponsors are Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO); Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK); Rep. Curt Clawson (R-FL); Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC) and Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA). There are now a total of 20 supporters in the House of Representatives and two in the Senate, including the introducers. Two presidential candidates, Senator Ted Cruz and Dr. Ben Carson, endorsed designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO).
The legislation explicitly identifies the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) as U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entities and includes evidence tying them to a Hamas support network.
If passed, the bill would state that Congress believes the Muslim Brotherhood fits the State Department's criteria of a FTO. The secretary of state would be required to designate the Brotherhood within 60 days or to provide a detailed report explaining why it does not.
The cosponsorshail from different elements of the Republican Party, reflecting a growing consensus among congressmen of different views about the need to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a FTO. The list includes endorsers of Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Marco Rubio, Governor Jeb Bush, Governor John Kasich and Senator Rand Paul, who just dropped out of the presidential race.
The House version (HR3892) was introduced by Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL). It was referred to the Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security on December 4, 2015. It is supported by three members of that subcommittee: Rep. Buck (R-CO); Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and Rep. Dave Trott (R-MI).
The Senate version (S2230) was introduced by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and later cosponsored by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT). It was referred to the Foreign Relations Committee on November 3, 2015. Presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is on the Committee and has yet to take a position.
There have been no public positions taken by the following members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security:
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration & Border Security
Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Chairman
Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Luis Gutirrez (D-IL)
John Barrasso (R-WY)
Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)
Ben Cardin (D-MD); Ranking Member
Raul Labrador (R-ID), Vice Chairman
Christopher Coons (D-DE)
Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
Bob Corker (R-TN); Chairman
Pedro Pierluisi (D-PR)
Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
John Ratcliffe (R-TX)
Cory Gardner (R-CO)
Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
Ron Johnson (R-WI)
Tim Kaine (D-VA)
Edward Markey (D-WA)
Bob Menendez (D-NJ)
Chris Murphy (D-CT)
Rand Paul (R-KY)
David Perdue (R-GA)
James Risch (R-ID)
Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Tom Udall (D-NM)
Below is the complete list of endorsers of the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act in alphabetical order:
We encourage readers to contact their representatives and Senators and ask them for a position statement. Please forward any official statement to the Clarion Project ([email protected]) so we can update readers on where they stand on the Muslim Brotherhood. A statement of opposition is just as important as a statement of support.