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H.R. 5471 (114th): Countering Terrorist Radicalization Act

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H.R. 5471, the Terrorism Radicalization Act, was introduced on Monday and passed the House 402–15 on Thursday, a speedy turnaround virtually unprecedented in Congress. The bill would have the Department of Homeland Security train local and state officials on how to more quickly identify and handle terrorism threats, create a new Counterterrorism Advisory Board in the federal government, and increase governmental communications techniques intended to counter the message of groups like ISIS and combat the spread of violent extremists.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX10), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS2), the top Democrat on the committee, said that “Although there is little to object to” in the bill, it may not do enough and that Republicans were largely blocking measures …

Sponsor and status

Michael McCaul

Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 10th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jun 20, 2016
Length: 10 pages
Jun 14, 2016
114th Congress (2015–2017)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on June 16, 2016 but was never passed by the Senate.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


13 Cosponsors (11 Republicans, 2 Democrats)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Rep. Ratcliffe votes to strengthen support for military in combating terrorist threats
    — Rep. John Ratcliffe [R-TX4, 2015-2020] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 17, 2016

STATEMENT: Fleischmann on Istanbul Attack
    — Rep. Charles “Chuck” Fleischmann [R-TN3] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 28, 2016

repassing some mostly noncontroversial homeland security bills is equivalent to just another moment of silence
    — Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX18] on Jun 16, 2016

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Jun 14, 2016

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Jun 16, 2016
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

H.R. 5471 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 5471. This is the one from the 114th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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