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Letter

Sending Office: Honorable Bradley Scott Schneider
Sent By:
Jessica.Bernton@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Cosponsor the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2020

H.R. 5602

Current cosponsors: Nadler, Bass, Brindisi, Case, Casten, Cisneros, Cooper, Correa, Craig, Deutch, Escobar, Frankel, Gonzalez (TX), Holmes Norton, Horn,  Huffman, Jackson Lee, Kelly (IL), Kilmer, Kuster, Lynch, Malinowski,
Meng, Panetta, Quigley, Rice (NY), Rouda, Scanlon, Shalala, Sherman, Smith (WA), Stevens, Swalwell, Wild

Endorsed By: Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Arab American Institute, Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism, Human Rights Campaign, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, The Leadership
Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Muslim Advocates, NAACP, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., Sikh Coalition, and Southern Poverty Law Center Action Fund

Dear Colleague:

We invite you to join us in cosponsoring H.R. 5602, the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2020, which would enhance the federal government’s efforts to prevent domestic terrorism by requiring federal law enforcement agencies
to regularly assess the threat posed by White supremacists and other violent domestic extremists and take concrete steps to address this threat.  

In 2012, six people were killed at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek; in 2015, nine people were killed at the Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC; in 2017, one person was killed and nineteen were injured at a protest of a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville,
VA; in 2018, 11 members of the Tree of Life Synagogue were killed in Pittsburgh, PA; and just last year, an individual was killed and three others wounded in a shooting at the Chabad of Poway Synagogue in Poway, CA; 22 people were killed and more than 20 others
injured at a Walmart in El Paso, TX; and most recently, five people were stabbed at a Hanukkah celebration in Monsey, New York. These unfortunate events are just a handful of domestic terrorist attacks that have occurred across the country.

The Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act authorizes DHS, DOJ, and FBI offices that are responsible for monitoring, analyzing, investigating, and prosecuting domestic terrorism. The legislation requires these offices to issue joint biannual reports that assess
the domestic terrorism threat posed by White supremacists and neo-Nazis; analyze domestic terrorism incidents that occurred in the previous six months; and provide transparency through a public quantitative analysis of domestic terrorism-related assessments,
investigations, incidents, arrests, indictments, prosecutions, convictions, and weapons recoveries. The DHS, DOJ, and FBI offices would be required to focus their limited resources on the most significant domestic terrorism threats, as determined by the number
of domestic terrorism-related incidents outlined in the joint report.

The legislation would also codify the Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee (DTEC), an interagency task force which was originally created by DOJ in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing. Additionally, the bill would require DHS, DOJ, and FBI to ensure
anti-terrorism training and resource programs for Federal, State, local, and Tribal law enforcement include training and resources on understanding, detecting, deterring, and investigating acts of domestic terrorism. Finally, the legislation would establish
an interagency task force to combat White supremacist and neo-Nazi infiltration of the uniformed services and federal law enforcement.

We hope you will join us in support of H.R. 5602, the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2020. Please contact Jessica Bernton (Jessica.Bernton@mail.house.gov) with Rep.
Brad Schneider if you have any questions or would like to cosponsor.

Sincerely,

BRADLEY S. SCHNEIDER

ROBIN KELLY           

VICENTE GONZALEZ         

J. LUIS CORREA

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Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: 5602
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