August 21, 2017

Senator Hassan, Homeland Security Committee Colleagues Call for Hearing on Domestic Violent Extremism

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and a number of her colleagues on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee are asking for a hearing on violent white supremacism following the domestic terrorist attack in Charlottesville that killed one woman and injured many others.  

In a letter to Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI), Senator Hassan and Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Tom Carper (D-DE), Jon Tester (D-MT), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) said, “We are writing to request that the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hold a hearing on violent white supremacism and other domestic violent extremism.” Their letter emphasized the importance of “examin[ing] the root causes that fuel terrorism in order to understand the threats that we face…[which includes] investigating the root causes behind violent white supremacy in the United States.”

Recently, Republican Congressman Darrell Issa of California called for a House Judiciary Committee hearing on white supremacy in the United States, and the House Homeland Security Committee Democrats have also called for a hearing on the topic.

Read the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Democrats’ letter to Chairman Johnson HERE.

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