Senate Republicans are lining up against a House-passed bill that would authorize special offices within the government to investigate and monitor domestic terrorism, which is being pushed in the wake of a racist shooting in Buffalo that left 10 people dead.
of the House-passed bill, predicting it won’t get 10 Republicans in the Senate.
The bill passed the House 222-203 on a mostly party-line vote, with Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) casting the only GOP vote in favor.
Some Senate Republicans see the domestic terrorism bill as another attempt to target the right and point to calls that Democrats made in the wake of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol to begin monitoring groups on the right as potential domestic terrorism threats.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), a senior member of the Homeland Security Committee, said law enforcement is already supposed to be tracking domestic terrorism threats.
He noted that in March of last year, FBI Director Christopher Wray testified that the threat of domestic terrorism is “metastasizing” across the country.
I don’t necessarily believe we need a new law to convict people who have committed other crimes,” he said of the domestic terrorism bill. »