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Support Increases in Congress To Designate MB as Terrorist Org
Five more members of Congress have signed onto the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act, including a prominent Senator.
The United Arab Emirates banned the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as its U.S. entity CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) as terrorist groups in 2014.
Five more members of Congress have signed onto the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act, including a prominent Senator and a Democratic congressman. A dozen members have come onboard since the Clarion Project letter campaign was launched, raising the number of supporters to 67.
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The five new supporters are Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS); Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC); Rep. Gene Green (D-TX); Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR) and Rep. Charles W. Boustary, Jr. (R-LA).
Sen. Roberts' name has yet to be officially posted but his office confirmed to the Clarion Project that he has signed on as a cosponsor. He brings with him significant national security gravitas, having once been the chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
Another Senate cosponsor, Sen. Ron Johnson, is the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee and a member of the Foreign Relations Committee.
Over 60 members of Congress are cosponsoring the bill or have voted in its favor. It now has bipartisan support and has passed the House Judiciary Committee. Four organizations representing persecuted Christians are also pushing for the bill.
The next steps are for it to come to a vote in the House of Representatives and to be approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where it is currently stalled.
See below for a list of members of Congress who have endorsed the legislation, those who have declared opposition to it and those on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who have yet to take a position.
If passed, the bill would state that Congress believes that the Muslim Brotherhood meets the criteria of a Foreign Terrorist Organization under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1189).
It gives the secretary of state a period of 60 days to provide a detailed report explaining whether the Brotherhood meets the standard to benamed as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and why. The legislation contains a mountain of evidence in support of designation