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H.R. 5333 (117th): Preventing the Recognition of Terrorist States Act of 2021

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They’re foreign, they’re terrorists, they’re an organization — but should they be officially labeled a “foreign terrorist organization”?


The Taliban is the brutal fundamentalist Islamic governing body that ruled Afghanistan from 1996 until late 2001. They were swept out by U.S. and international forces which invaded following the September 11 attacks, since they had provided harbor and shelter for al-Qaeda, the terrorist group behind the attacks.

In August 2021, coinciding with U.S. forces withdrawal from the country after two decades, the Taliban completed their two-decade efforts to retake control of the country. So many Afghans tried to escape in response that the nation’s main airport in Kabul was overrun, with some even plummeting to their deaths after attempting to hold onto airplanes’ wings or tires after being initially denied …

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Scott Franklin

Sponsor. Representative for Florida's 15th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Sep 22, 2021
Length: 15 pages
Sep 22, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on September 22, 2021, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

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).


8 Cosponsors (8 Republicans)



Sep 22, 2021

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H.R. 5333 (117th) 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. 5333. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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