August 21, 2017

Harris, Senate Homeland Security Democrats Call for Hearing on Domestic Violent Extremism

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris and her Democratic 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 of Wisconsin, Senators Kamala D. Harris, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Tom Carper of Delaware, Jon Tester of Montana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Gary Peters of Michigan, and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire 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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