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Congressman Bennie Thompson

Representing the District of Mississippi

Congressman Thompson’s Statement On U.S. Committee on Homeland Security’s Passage of His Bill Protecting Places of Worship Against Terrorism

December 13, 2017
Press Release

For Immediate Release                                                                                                       Contact : Guy King

December 13, 2017                                                                                                                       (202) 225-5876

 

Congressman Thompson’s Statement On U.S. Committee on Homeland Security’s Passage of His Bill Protecting Places of Worship Against Terrorism  

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Bennie G. Thompson (MS-02), Ranking Member of the U.S. Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the Committee passage of the Securing American Non-Profit Organizations Against Terrorism Act of 2017:

“Regrettably, the volume of homegrown violent extremist threats to houses of worship and other non-profits has grown significantly over the past year. This threat is not new and it is not limited to big cities. We cannot forget that in 2015, a man trying to start a “race war” murdered nine parishioners in a mass shooting at the AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.”

“My legislation, which passed today with bipartisan support, seeks to ensure that DHS continues to be a valuable partner to non-profits that are at risk of a terrorist attack. As places of public gathering without extensive security protection, churches and other houses of worship are considered soft targets, much like shopping malls, restaurants, and theaters.  My bill directs FEMA to set aside $15 million to help protect at-risk institutions and it sends a message of support to non-profit organizations across the country that homegrown extremists and others with violent ideologies seek to attack.”

Copy of the bill is attached.

 

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