Homegrown terror bill heads to House floor

Aug. 1, 2007 at 8:29 PM
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- A bipartisan bill setting up a National Commission on the Prevention of Radicalization and Ideologically Based Violence is headed to the U.S. House floor.

The Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 was unanimously approved Wednesday by the House Homeland Security Committee, and its sponsors say companion legislation is expected soon in the Senate.

The legislation was introduced in April by Reps. Dave Reichert, R-Wash., and Jane Harman, D-Calif., "to uncover and better understand the root causes of homegrown terrorism," according to a statement.

In the statement, Harman says the name of the commission was chosen "very carefully after talking to numerous outside experts." It is charged with conducting "an expedited but thorough study of what is happening in our country so we can find an American response to our indigenous threat."

The bill would also set up a Center of Excellence for the Study of Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism in the United States, "which will address the problem over the long term," and mandates the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies "to work with our allies to learn about their experiences with homegrown terror."

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