Several House Democrats introduced legislation on Tuesday to prevent acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists and other extremist groups.
The Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act would require the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, and Federal Bureau of Investigations to issue a yearly report outlining the threat from domestic terrorist groups and focus their efforts on the threats in the report.
According to an FBI-DHS joint intelligence report from May, white supremacist organizations were reponsible for "49 homicides in 26 attacks from 2000 to 2016, more than any other domestic extremist movement.”
Reps. Bennie Johnson (D-Miss.), the top Democrat on the House Committee on Homeland Security, Brad Schneider (D-Ill.), Robin Kelly (D-Ill.), Lou Correa (D-Calif.) and Vincent Gonzalez (D-Texas) co-sponsored the resolution.
“In recent years we have seen domestic terrorism and white supremacist extremism on the rise in our country,” Thompson said in a statement. “However, the federal government simply does not have the resources or authorities to track these heinous incidents properly or effectively. Countering all forms of violent extremism should be our top priority and we must focus our efforts on stopping all terrorist threats – not just those from foreign terrorist organizations."
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has sponsored similar legislation in the Senate.