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H.Res. 272 (117th): Calling for the designation of Antifa as a domestic terrorist organization.

About the resolution

This would change U.S. policy, which generally only officially designates foreign — rather than domestic — terrorist groups.


A shortening of “anti-fascist,” Antifa is a label for a decentralized and loosely connected coalition of left-wing activist and protest groups. Although they’re not a formally registered organization, don’t have any official members, and their cause is not explicitly violent or militant, some people associated with Antifa have indeed been linked to violent actions and crimes.

This has caused many Republicans to talk about Antifa as if it’s a formal organization that must be stopped. Former President Donald Trump vowed to label Antifa as a domestic terrorist organization, a move that then-Attorney General Bill Barr appeared to endorse. However, this didn’t actually occur during Trump’s presidency.

Why? The …

Sponsor and status

Lauren Boebert

Sponsor. Representative for Colorado's 3rd congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Mar 26, 2021
Length: 4 pages
Mar 26, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Died in a previous Congress

This resolution was introduced on March 26, 2021, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.


11 Cosponsors (11 Republicans)



Mar 26, 2021

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H.Res. 272 (117th) was a simple resolution in the United States Congress.

A simple resolution is used for matters that affect just one chamber of Congress, often to change the rules of the chamber to set the manner of debate for a related bill. It must be agreed to in the chamber in which it was introduced. It is not voted on in the other chamber and does not have the force of law.

Resolutions numbers restart every two years. That means there are other resolutions with the number H.Res. 272. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

This simple resolution 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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