Vern Buchanan

From the office of:

Vern Buchanan

From: The Honorable Vern Buchanan
Sent By:
Bill: H.R. 4301
Date: 12/21/2015

Dear Colleague,

In the wake of the deadly terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, we learned that the federal government does not screen the social media profiles of foreigners seeking to enter our country.

It is clear that the war on terror is evolving as radical Islamic jihadists use the Internet and social media sites to communicate, fundraise and recruit. ISIS and its supporters reportedly control over 40,000 Twitter accounts alone.

We need to do everything in our power to provide for a safe and secure homeland and unleash 21st century resources to penetrate and destroy the online activity of ISIS.

That is why I introduced the “Social Media Screening For Terrorists Act.” This bill, introduced by John McCain in the Senate, directs the Department of Homeland Security to vet all public records, including Facebook and other forms of social media, before admitting foreign travelers and visa applicants into the United States.

Today, employers won’t even consider a prospective employee without checking their online presence.  Why should the federal government be any different, especially when it concerns our national security?

Political correctness is no longer an option. It’s time to put the safety of Americans ahead of the privacy of foreigners.

If you would like to cosponsor or have any questions, please contact Sean Brady in my office at or 55015.


Vern Buchanan
Member of Congress