Five congressmen have endorsed the bill to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group that was introduced into the House by Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and the Senate by presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). The bill explicitly identifies three U.S.-based groups as being linked to the Brotherhood's terrorism-financing operation.
The House version of the "Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2015" (H.R.3892) was referred to the Judiciary Committee by Rep. Diaz-Balart on November 3. The four co-sponsors are Rep. Steve King (R-IA); Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX); Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX); Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) and Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS). Congressmen King and Gohmert are members of the Judiciary Committee.
The Senate version (S.2230) has been referred to the Foreign Relations Committee by Senator Cruz. It has no cosponsors. That includes Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), who are on the Committee by competing with Cruz for the Republican presidential nomination.
As the Clarion Project explained in its original article about the legislation, the bill could be a watershed moment in the fight against Islamist extremism and serves as a litmus test to determine which policy-makers truly understand the threat and which do not.
Below is a table that shows the members of the House Judiciary Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee organized by state. If you are a constituent of one of these members, please ask them for their position on the bill and let us know where they stand. We also encourage readers to ask other members of Congress for their positions and to forward responses to us.
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.