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As ISIS continues to terrorize and brutally kill innocent people throughout the Middle East, the president has shown a stubborn unwillingness to confront this threat with a realistic and cohesive strategy. In typical fashion, the White House held a symposium this past week named the “Summit on Countering Violent Extremism” – during which the president made it clear that he believes the best way to counter extremism is to win the hearts and minds through social media and education. Targeting the impoverished or uneducated conditions that make it easier for terrorist groups like ISIS to recruit is fine so long as it is coupled with a plan to destroy the army that has amassed, invaded and now controls large swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria. ISIS and Islamic terrorists are not going to be impressed or intimidated by symposiums and summits. Those who lead this army of murderers are not going to be convinced that their ideology is misguided or that they should abandon their intolerance for other religions or other ways of life. The President needs to understand this and put forth a clear plan to actually defeat the enemy, not just manage this threat.
For several weeks now, Democrats have been blocking the Senate from considering a House-passed bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security. They are refusing to even have a debate on the bill because it prohibits President Obama from using funds to carry out his executive actions on immigration – actions which, coincidentally, a federal judge in Texas this past week issued an injunction to block. If our friends on the other side of the aisle would allow debate on the bill to proceed, they could offer an amendment to change the legislation and they would have the opportunity to try and convince a majority of their colleagues that the president’s actions are appropriate. And yet, they refuse to even allow the Senate to take up the bill and have that debate.
The House of Representatives has done its job to fund every major aspect of the Department of Homeland Security with the exception of Obama's executive amnesty. Current funding ends this Friday, February 27th. It is senseless and reckless for Senate Democrats to refuse to allow debate on this bill to proceed. They are putting our nation’s security in jeopardy.
This past week I had the opportunity take part in a terrific panel discussion with Senator Isakson hosted by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). Small businesses are the engines that drive our economy, and we ought to do everything we can to ensure we encourage and promote America’s innovative entrepreneurs.
Additionally, I had the chance to meet with folks in our district office and to hear their thoughts and concerns about the policy debates going on in Congress today. Groups like the Georgia Alzheimer’s Association are doing invaluable, compassionate work on behalf of so many. It is an honor to serve all the families of Georgia’s Sixth District, and I encourage you to always reach out to our office if we can be of service. You can find us online at Tom.House.Gov.