The House is expected to move on a terrorist package including measures aimed at disrupting radicalization, recruitment and stopping suspected terrorists from buying guns next week.
According to a source on the GOP member conference call Thursday, one of the focal points House Speaker Paul Ryan brought up in the conversation was how to best use the terrorist watch list without infringing on Second Amendment rights.
The speaker told members of his party they need to take the necessary strides to prevent future incidents like the recent terrorist attack in Orlando, while still protecting due process.
“The speaker reiterated his call that it’s important to make sure suspected terrorists can’t get guns. That’s just common sense,” the source said, stressing Ryan is focused on getting the legislation right. “He reminded members that the FBI has told people that if we get it wrong, we will undermine terrorism investigations.”
According to Matt Sparks, the press secretary for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the conference is still ironing out the details on what specific measures will be taken up. Ryan said Pennsylvania Rep. Tim Murphy’s mental health bill is expected to be amongst the legislation included in the package.
Following Democrats sit-in protest on the House floor over Republicans opting against calling a vote on a gun-control measure that failed in committee, Ryan said the other side of the aisle is “desperate to change the narrative from terrorism to guns.”
“He said whether it was Paris, Brussels, Orlando, or Istanbul this week, we continue to see an evolution in terrorist tactics. And an administration that just refuses to step up its game,” the source continued.
Ryan is reportedly weighing the best course of action on how to handle situations like the sit-in and has consulted the Sergeant-at-Arms for suggestions on how to proceed. The speaker is reportedly weighing the best course of action on how to handle situations like the sit-in and has consulted the Sergeant-at-Arms for suggestions on how to proceed.
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