Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, is now a cosponsor of the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act. The Clarion Project has been giving briefings on the Brotherhood to policy-makers and their staffs and readers have played a major role by contacting their representatives.
In addition to being the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Johnson is the first member of the Foreign Relations Committee where the Senate version of the bill (S2230) was referred to.
If passed, the bill would state that Congress believes the Muslim Brotherhood fits the State Department's criteria of an FTO (foreign terrorist organization). 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 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.
The Senate version of the bill was introduced by presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). One of his opponents, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), is a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, has yet to sign onto the bill. If he did, it would give the bill significant momentum because of his high profile and large number of congressional endorsements.
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 chairman of the subcommittee, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), has yet to cosponsor it and is critical in determining its fate.
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.
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: