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Ratcliffe Named to Task Force on Combating Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel

Washington, DC, February 25, 2015

Today, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., ranking member of the Committee on Homeland Security, announced the creation of a bipartisan “Task Force on Combating Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel” in response to the threat from extremists fighting overseas and the danger they pose to the U.S. homeland.

Comprised of five Republicans and three Democrats, the Task Force will assess the U.S. government's efforts to obstruct terrorist travel and to keep violent extremists from entering the United States. The Task Force will meet with government agencies, top officials, outside experts, and others to generate policy solutions and develop legislative recommendations to mitigate the threat. This task force includes U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX).

“As a former terrorism prosecutor, I can attest that America cannot be a nation of ideals while sitting idly on our hands and pretending the threats of violent Islamist extremists do not exist. America must lead against this aggression, and I am grateful to be a part of this task force dedicated to fighting terrorism,” said Ratcliffe.

Ratcliffe has firsthand experience combating terrorism.  When serving by special appointment in U.S. v. Holy Land  Foundation, he convicted individuals who were funneling money to Hamas behind the front of a charitable organization. Other members on the Task Force will include: Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., Republican Lead; Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., Democratic Lead; Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas; Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., Rep. Martha McSally, R-Arizona.; Rep. Donald Payne, Jr., D-N.J.; R-Texas; Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Texas.