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H.R. 4564: Post-Caliphate Threat Assessment Act of 2017

This was a vote to pass H.R. 4564 in the House. This vote was taken under a House procedure called “suspension of the rules” which is typically used to pass non-controversial bills. Votes under suspension require a 2/3rds majority. A failed vote under suspension can be taken again.

H.R. 4564 directs the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, in coordination with the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence, to conduct a threat assessment of current foreign terrorist fighter activity, including new travel and trends, as well as activity in Iraq and Syria.

This year the Islamic State lost most of its self-declared caliphate in Iraq and Syria. The liberation of Mosul and Raqqa are major victories for anti-ISIS forces, but the terrorist group is far from defeated, even in the region. Many jihadis not killed on the battlefield have chosen to hide, rearm, and recuperate—going underground for a period before reemerging to fight the next phase of the insurgency. Reports about the current location of remaining ISIS fighters vary. While there is evidence that some fighters are returning to their home countries, other reports indicate that fighters are holed up in Syria’s Idlib province or Turkey, contemplating their next move. Still others may have escaped to ISIS provinces, including Libya, Afghanistan, Northern Africa, and Southeast Asia, in order to regroup and continue their recruitment and fight against the West.

Of particular concern are those who seek to return to Europe or the United States. Of the 5,000 Europeans who left to fight with ISIS, approximately one third have returned home. Many ISIS fighters are currently residing in Turkey, with the possibility of fleeing to Europe via old refugee routes. Those fighters who have fled or returned to Europe may seek to exploit direct flights to the United States, as well as the Visa Waiver Program.

Source: Republican Policy Committee

Totals

All Votes R D
Yea 96%
 
 
413
235
 
178
 
Nay 0%
 
 
0
0
 
0
 
Not Voting 4%
 
 
18
3
 
15
 

Date: Jan 9, 2018

Question: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass in the House

Required: 2/3

Result: Passed

Source: house.gov

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