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H.R. 5344 (116th): PREVENT Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of Dec 6, 2019 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.



1st Session

H. R. 5344


December 6, 2019

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security


To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide support to State and local governments in their efforts to counter violent extremist threats, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Preventing Radical Extremist’s Violent Endeavors Now and Tomorrow Act of 2019 or the PREVENT Act of 2019.


Support to State and Local Governments in their efforts to counter violent extremist threats

Subsection (b) of section 801 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 361) is amended—


in paragraph (3), by striking and after the semicolon at the end;


in paragraph (4), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; and; and


by adding at the end the following new paragraph:


for the purposes of countering violent extremist threats—


provide training from specially trained clinical social workers, psychologists, religious leaders, community leaders, and law enforcement personnel, to assist local efforts at securing the homeland; and


in coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, provide to State and local governments specialists, analysts, and agents trained to counter terrorism and White nationalism to assist, in the manner and degree necessary, local efforts at responding to such threats.