Legislative Round-Up: December 23, 2021

1. Bills, Resolutions, Letters
2. On the Record

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  • NOTE: This is the final Round-Up of 2021. Wishing readers of the Round-Up a safe, healthy New Year — see you in 2022!

1. Bills, Resolutions & Letters

None.

LETTERS

(SANCTION HAMAS & HIZBALLAH) Gallagher-Suozzi letter to Yellen & Blinken: On 12/21, Reps. Gallagher (R-WI) and Suozzi (D-NY) led a letter, cosigned by 20 colleagues (bipartisan) calling on the Biden Administration to “to impose sanctions on, individuals involved with the use of human shields by Hamas and Hizballah, as well as foreign persons, agencies, or instrumentalities that knowingly and materially support or direct the use of human shields by these groups,  as required by the “Sanctioning the Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act aka, the “Shields Act” (HR 3342, covered in the 12/14/18 edition of the Round-Up, as well as prior editions), which was signed into law by then-President Trump on 12/21/18 (and which actually required action by the Executive on this matter by 12/21/19 – action that was not taken by the Trump Administration). Also see:

(IAEA MUST HOLD IRAN ACCOUNTABLE) Cuellar-Arrington letter to Blinken: On 12/15, Reps. Cuellar (D-TX) and Arrington (R-TX) led a letter, cosigned by 19 House colleagues (bipartisan) to SecState Blinken, “to express our growing concern with Iran’s advancing nuclear program and continued failure to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors.” The letter asks that “the U.S. lead an effort at the IAEA Board of Governors next time the agency meets and addresses its concerns with Tehran’s actions” and argues that it is “vital that the United States lead the way in holding Iran accountable for its violations of international agreements and clearly demonstrate to the Iranians that there is a high price for intransigence”. The letter closes with: “The Administration must demonstrate clearly to the Iranians that there will be a high cost for continued refusal to cooperate with the IAEA. Such a move is vital to buttress diplomatic efforts and help prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.” Press releases – Cuellar, Arrington; Tweets – Arrington, AIPAC

(WE <HEART> AN ISRAEL EXCEPTION TO VISA WAIVER PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS) Rosen-Scott et al letter to Blinken & Mayorkas: On 12/15, Sens. Rosen (D-NV) and Scott (R-FL), along with 16 bipartisan Senate cosigners, sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas and SecState Blinken “in support of certifying Israel as an eligible country for participation in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)…” The letter offers a number of arguments for why this certification would be good for the US, none of which have anything to do with the actual legal requirements to qualify for the program [In tweets about the letter, Rosen emphasized that “Israel is one of our closest allies and an important trading partner. Adding Israel to our Visa Waiver Program will benefit our economy and enhance our national security” and Scott argued that “We must make clear that the U.S. stands & supports our great ally & the Jewish people.” Again, these arguments have nothing to do with the actual requirements for qualification for the VWP. In particular, the letter (and tweets) ignore the fact that Israel does not meet the requirement for reciprocal treatment of U.S. citizens (with respect to entry, Israel systematically profiles/discriminates against Muslim Americans and Arab Americans). Which means, in effect, that these members of Congress are asking for an Israel exception to the VWP requirements – one that would, in effect, hold Israel to a lower standard than other nations by allowing its citizens to travel freely to the US without visas, while giving a green light to Israel systematically discriminate against some American travelers based on their ethnicity/religion. Also see:

 

2. On the Record

Elections

Jewish Insider 12/23:     Virginia’s Victoria Virasingh navigates the progressive lane [“Virasingh describes Israel as a key ‘partner’ in the Middle East. ‘Our relationship and our allyship with Israel is extremely vital,’ she said. ‘I believe in strengthening that relationship and continuing to build trust with Israel in the region. I believe in continuing to provide aid to Israel, as we’ve always done, in order to reach that solution.’”]

Jewish Insider 12/23:     J Street endorses Jessica Cisneros in TX-28 House primary

New York Times 12/22: Menendez’s Son Prepares to Run for His Father’s Old House Seat

Politico 12/22: Democrats prevail in New Jersey redistricting with map that could sacrifice Malinowski

Jewish Insider 12/22:     Democratic Socialist claims early lead in Texas’ 35th Congressional District

Jewish Insider 12/22:     Meeks denies DSA collaboration in NYC speaker race

Jewish Insider 12/20:     The Indiana senator with a bipartisan streak on the Middle East

 

Trump Comments Re Israel/Congress/Jews

Gottheimer (D-NJ-5) 12/19/2021: Tweet – “I join the @ADL in condemning these completely unacceptable comments. Trump condemned by Anti-Defamation League chief for using antisemitic tropes… | theguardian.com

Jeffries (D-NY-8) 12/18/2021: Tweet – “This from the guy who said there were very fine people on both sides of a deadly Neo-Nazi rally. Trump: Israel Controlled Congress, Jews Run New York Times… | nymag.com

Pallone (D-NJ-6) 12/18/2021: Tweet – “Trump’s antisemitism is appalling, but unfortunately not surprising. In his latest unhinged rant, he hits every antisemitic stereotype in the book. Not a single Republican will come out to condemn his vile comments. Link to quoted tweet

Malinowski (D-NJ-7) 12/17/2021: Tweet – “This is not some backbencher in the House, but the leader of the Republican Party, the man most GOP elected officials say should be president again. Link to quoted tweet

Pascrell (D-NJ-9) 12/17/2021: Tweet – “The head of the republican is party is spewing vile antisemitism. These may be the most antisemitic words ever uttered by a former President. Will a single prominent republican condemn this anti-Jewish bigotry by their leader? Link to image

Pingree (D-ME-1) 12/17/2021: Tweet – “I am horrified by this vile antisemitism coming from the leader of the Republican Party. Members of his own party should speak loudly to condemn these dangerous anti-Jewish comments. Link to image

Schatz (D-HI) 12/17/2021: Retweet of @BillPascrell – “The head of the republican is party is spewing vile antisemitism. These may be the most antisemitic words ever uttered by a former President. Will a single prominent republican condemn this anti-Jewish bigotry by their leader? Link to image

Meng (D-NY-6) 12/17/2021: Tweet – “Americans showed up at the polls to vote antisemitism out of office. We made it clear then and we’ll make it clear now: hate has no place here. Trump invokes antisemitic tropes while discussing his support for Israel – POLITICO

Omar (D-MN-5) 12/17/2021: Retweet of @marclamonthill – “In his attempt to pander to Israel, Trump reinforced ugly antisemitic tropes of “dual loyalty” and “secret cabals of power.” Sadly, he represents a large number of right-wing Evangelicals who are strategically pro-Israel and deeply antisemitic. Trump says American Jews ‘no longer love Israel’ and Jewish people ‘run the New York Times’… | businessinsider.com

Rosen (D-NV) 12/17/2021: Tweet – “This latest antisemitic rant from the former president is vile, it’s wrong, & it once again doubles down on a wide array of offensive tropes & stereotypes. Trump’s rhetoric has no place in our public discourse. It needs to stop. Trump invokes antisemitic tropes while discussing his support for Israel… | politico.com

 

Israel – Palestine

Bacon (R-NE-2) 12/22/2021: Retweet of @JGreenblattADL – “The BDS movement explicitly does not support a two-state solution. @benandjerrys ill-conceived decision does nothing to support a just resolution of the conflict but instead emboldens and reinforces anti-Israel delegitimization campaigns and #antisemitism. Link to quoted tweet

Long (R-MO-7) 12/22/2021: Retweet of @mikepompeo – “Israel has a right to exist as the homeland of the Jewish people, and it has the undeniable right to defend itself.

Durbin (D-IL) 12/22/2021: Tweet – “This heinous case of domestic terrorism must be zealously investigated and, finally, resolved. In order to preserve the rule of law and deter future would-be attackers, the terrorists who murdered Alex Odeh must not escape accountability. Link to quoted tweet

Bacon (R-NE-2) 12/22/2021: Retweet of @mikepompeo – “Israel has a right to exist as the homeland of the Jewish people, and it has the undeniable right to defend itself.”

Bacon (R-NE-2) 12/21/2021: Retweet of @AIPAC – “Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad are Iran-backed terrorist organizations dedicated to killing Israelis and destroying the Jewish state. Defeating terrorism is necessary for peace. Link to quoted tweet

Comer (R-KY-1) 12/18/2021: Tweet – “Thanks so much to the Counsel General for Israel to the Southern US for her visit and generosity to the good people in Earlington. #KY1 stands with Israel. Link to quoted tweet

Gottheimer (D-NJ-5) 12/18/2021: Tweet – “Another devastating terror attack — the second in a month. Terrorism must end in order to have peace in the region. May Yehudah’s memory be a blessing. Link to quoted tweet

Lamborn (R-CO-5) 12/18/2021: Tweet – “The NDAA includes crucial funding for U.S.-Israel cooperation on missile defense, including directed energy. I am grateful this year’s legislation will continue the collaboration between our countries, despite the efforts of radical House Democrats. Congress Approves $200 Million for Israel’s Missile Defense Needs… | freebeacon.com

Long (R-MO-7) 12/19/2021: Retweet of @HananyaNaftali – “Beautiful! Tel Aviv’s City Hall lit up with the flag of Bahrain to celebrate its 50th National Day. We love the people of Bahrain here in Israel. We are building a better future for all of us in the Middle East.  Link to image

Mast (R-FL-18) 12/19/2021: Tweet – “Ilhan Omar wants to create a new government agency to investigate Islamaphobia, which according to her includes anybody who criticizes the terrorist organization Hamas. She is the last person who should be considered an authority on bigotry. Lead Sponsor of ‘Anti-Bigotry’ Bill Is Herself a Bigot… | pjmedia.com

Hagerty (R-TN) 12/18/2021: Tweet – “My Senate colleagues & I are working to strengthen efforts to thwart the Palestinian Authority’s “martyr payments” that encourage terror attacks against innocent Israelis & Americans. I joined @JordanSekulow & @JaySekulow this week to discuss our new bill.Senators Go After Biden’s Funding Of Terrorists… | youtube.com

Bergman (R-MI-1) 12/18/2021: Tweet – “What is one to make of the Biden Pentagon’s proposal to sell $500 million worth of armed drones to the Qatari regime – known for its cyberattacks against American orgs, and ties to terrorist orgs such as Hamas and the Taliban? My latest in the @dcexaminer Why does Biden want to sell military drones to Qatar?… | washingtonexaminer.com

Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) 12/17/2021: Twitter thread – “Leadership forces votes all the time. Bc they know ppl talk <poop emoji> abt what they’ll support until it’s vote time The pressure of voting no+ folks@home seeing IS overwhelming. They even force unnecessary standalone votes like the extra Iron Dome $,which actually belongs in Defense $ Link to quoted tweet Fact is when Dem leadership is really, truly set on something, they use a huge amount of procedural, political, media, & resource tools to force votes in very powerful ways. They do it all the time. They did it with BIF, they do it with defense, now they need to do it with BBB.

Omar (D-MN-5) 12/17/2021: Tweet – “Another destructive week for the party of bigotry and hate-filled conspiracy theories. Link to quoted tweet

Braun (R-IN) 12/17/2021: Tweet – “We must do everything we can to stop “martyr payments” going to terrorists who kill Americans. Sens. Cruz, Cotton, Braun Sponsor New Taylor Force Act to Target Palestinian ‘Pay for Slay’ Terror Payouts… | www1.cbn.com

Rosen (D-NV) 12/17/2021: Tweet – “Partnering with America’s allies is key to strengthening our cyber defenses. Learn more about my work to enable greater collaboration between the US & Israel – a major hub for new & emerging cybersecurity technologies – to protect both nations from malicious cyber actors.  Link to quoted tweet

Young (R-IN) 12/17/2021: Retweet of @CBNNews – “GOP Senators Aim to Strengthen Taylor Force Act to Stop Palestinian Payments that Reward Terrorists | CBN News GOP Senators Aim to Strengthen Taylor Force Act to Stop Palestinian Payments that Reward Terrorists… | www1.cbn.com via @CBNNews”

 

Normalization

McClain (R-MI-10) 12/22/2021: Tweet – “Congratulations to our allies, Israel & Morocco. One year ago, President Trump negotiated a significant step toward peace in the Middle East via the historic normalization agreement. It’s been a great year of peaceful cooperation between our allies, but the work is far from done.”

Owens (R-UT-4) 12/22/2021: Tweet – “One year ago today, Morocco joined the Abraham Accords with Israel, marking a landmark achievement for regional peace. Utahns benefit tremendously from our close ties to both Morocco and Israel, and we look forward to continuing this tradition of peace.

Stewart (R-UT-2) 12/22/2021: Retweet of @RepJohnCurtis – “Today marks the one-year anniversary of the signing of the Accords between Morocco and Israel. Morocco has strong ties to Utah through its formal partnership with the @UTNationalGuard. Strong ties that benefit the region and our state!”

Green (R-TN-7) 12/22/2021: Twitter thread – “Today marks the first anniversary of the Tripartite Cooperation Deal signed by the US, Israel, and Morocco. /1 This historic joint partnership and Morocco’s decision to normalize ties with Israel have been critical in the continued efforts to establish peace and constructive diplomatic relations. #AbrahamAccords /2”

Curtis (R-UT-3) 12/22/2021: Tweet – “Today marks the one-year anniversary of the signing of the Accords between Morocco and Israel. Morocco has strong ties to Utah through its formal partnership with the @UTNationalGuard. Strong ties that benefit the region and our state!”

Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25) 12/22/2021: Retweet of @AIPAC – “Thank you @MarioDB! It’s #ANewEra for peace and progress in the Middle East.  Link to quoted tweet

Bacon (R-NE-2) 12/22/2021: Tweet – “Today, Morocco, the US, and Israel will mark the First anniversary of the Tripartite Cooperation Deal. Congratulations on this important milestone for peace in our world.”

Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25) 12/22/2021: Tweet – “Today, we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the historic trilateral agreement with the U.S. & our key strategic allies, Morocco & Israel. We must continue to expand normalized relations between Israel & its neighbors & work together toward a peaceful & secure Middle East.”

 

Egypt Sentences Human Rights Activists

Doggett (D-TX-35) 12/23/2021: Twitter thread – “A free press is essential to preserve human rights, here and abroad. Journalists and activists should be able to freely express their views without fear of imprisonment. In Egypt three activists: Alaa Abdel Fattah, (1/2) Egyptian emergency court sentences three prominent prisoners to years behind bars… | washingtonpost.com Mohamed el-Baqer, and Mohamed Ibrahim “Oxygen” were sentenced to prison in charges described by human rights groups as politically motivated and can only be reversed by President Abdel Farah al-Sissi. Egypt’s persecution should not be rewarded with US assistance. (2/2)

Beyer (D-VA) 12/1: Egypt Human Rights Caucus Co-Chairs’ Statement On the Sentencing of Egyptian Human Rights Defenders [“Today’s sentencing of Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah to five years in prison and human rights lawyer Mohamed el-Baqer and blogger Mohamed Ibrahim ‘Oxygen’ to four years in prison is a gross injustice and they should be immediately and unconditionally released. During their two-year long pretrial detentions, they reportedly endured torture and other ill-treatment. As three of the most prominent human rights defenders in Egypt, this verdict demonstrates that the Egyptian government—despite attempts to distract the international community with its recently launched National Strategy for Human Rights—is not interested in improving its human rights record. In September, the Biden administration withheld $130 Million in military aid out of concern for such abuses. These verdicts suggest that the Egyptian government is not focused on the conditions for restoration of that aid, which we believe should be reprogrammed to support other U.S. interests in the region. If Egyptian President Sisi is more interested in persecuting bloggers and Twitter posters than in meeting the conditions for U.S. assistance repeatedly outlined by Congress and the administration, that should tell us something about the nature of his regime and the value he places on his relationship with the United States.”] Also see Tweet — Beyer (D-VA-8), Malinowski (D-NJ-7)

Levin (D-MI-9) 12/20/2021: Tweet – “I’m very disturbed by this news. This unjust trial is further evidence that the U.S. Congress must make meaningful cuts to U.S. military assistance and reexamine the U.S.-Egypt relationship. We must stop arming human rights abusers. Link to quoted tweet Retweeted by Omar (D-MN-5)

Meeks (D-NY-5) 12/20/2021: Tweet – “CM @RepGregoryMeeks: I condemn the unjustified sentencing of activist @Alaa, human rights lawyer Mohamed al-Baqer and blogger Mohamed Ibrahim. I call on Egypt to cease prosecutions of peaceful civil society activists and those exercising basic rights. Egyptian emergency court sentences three prominent prisoners to years behind bars… | washingtonpost.com

Cardin (D-MD) 12/21/2021: Tweet – “The sentencing of Egyptians Alaa Abdelfattah, Mohamed Baqer and Mohamed Ibrahim constitutes an egregious miscarriage of justice. These human rights defenders have spent too long in prison and should be released immediately and unconditionally. Egyptian emergency court sentences three prominent prisoners to years behind bars… | washingtonpost.com

 

Iran

Trone (D-MD-6) 12/23/2021: Tweet – “We must continue to work toward tactful diplomacy to achieve peace in the Middle East. Great read by the @WashInstitute on how we can accomplish a long-term resolution to the #Iran nuclear challenge, protect global security, and save innocent lives. Statement on Improving the Potential for a Diplomatic Resolution to the Iran Nuclear Challenge… | washingtoninstitute.org

Doggett (D-TX-35) 12/21/2021: Tweet – “Thanks to Netanyahu and Trump in opposing—and, ultimately, withdrawing from—the Iran nuclear agreement, the world is less safe. Israel opposed the Iran nuclear deal, but former Israeli officials increasingly say U.S. pullout was a mistake… | washingtonpost.com

Gonzalez (D-TX-15) 12/21/2021: Tweet – “We’re on a dangerous path w/ Iran. To protect our natl. security we must be clear in our actions & work w/ our allies to offer good policy recommendations, incl. the need to step up economic sanctions & use all diplomatic tools available to pressure Iran. Statement on Improving the Potential for a Diplomatic Resolution to the Iran Nuclear Challenge… | washingtoninstitute.org

Manning (D-NC-6) 12/21/2021: Tweet – “This is an important statement by several of our nation’s top national security experts about an effective approach to negotiate with Iran to prevent them from acquiring nuclear weapons. Statement on Improving the Potential for a Diplomatic Resolution to the Iran Nuclear Challenge… | washingtoninstitute.org

Womack (R-AR-3) 12/21/2021: Tweet – “White House Foreign Policy Review: Revoked sanctions, greenlighted Putin’s pipeline Russia aggression on Ukraine’s border Appeased Iran Growing China hostility against Taiwan Botched Afghanistan withdrawal Ignoring southern border crisis Made US more reliant on foreign energy Link to quoted tweet

Franklin (R-FL-15) 12/21/2021: Tweet – “Iran threatened to light Israel on fire. The Biden administration should not engage in negotiations with Iranian leaders. Instead, we must reapply sanctions to stop Iran’s nuclear advancements. Iran Threatens to Light Israel on Fire… | freebeacon.com

Gottheimer (D-NJ-5) 12/21/2021: Tweet – “Iran must never get a nuclear weapon.   As former national security advisors have made clear, we need diplomacy along w/ military deterrence. The Vienna negotiations are at risk of becoming a cover for Iran to move toward achieving a threshold nuclear weapons capability. Link to quoted tweet

Sherman (D-CA-30) 12/21/2021: Twitter thread – “An important statement from some of our most distinguished foreign and defense policy officials, as well as former Democratic House members with a wealth of foreign policy experience on the Democratic side of the aisle. (1/4) Statement on Improving the Potential for a Diplomatic Resolution to the Iran Nuclear Challenge… | washingtoninstitute.org Included on this list is my friend and one-time opponent, Howard Berman. Howard, it should be noted, was one of the most powerful voices in 2015 in support of the JCPOA. (2/4) The authors, while arguing for the development of a credible threat to Iran’s nuclear infrastructure, built at such great cost & a source of pride for Iran’s government, note that “only by diplomatic agreement” can we resolve the problem that is Iran’s nuclear program. (3/4) The authors do not “advocate for a ‘regime change’ strategy under cover of non-proliferation.”(4/4)”

Suozzi (D-NY-3) 12/20/2021: Tweet – “‘The Vienna negotiations are in danger of becoming a cover for Iran to move toward achieving a threshold nuclear weapons capability.’ Please read this statement from foreign policy experts: Statement on Improving the Potential for a Diplomatic Resolution to the Iran Nuclear Challenge… | bit.ly

Fallon (R-TX-4) 12/20/2021: Tweet – “Looking forward to a great event. Be sure to tune in! Link to quoted tweet

Frankel (D-FL-21) 12/17/2021: Tweet – “We must ensure the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism never gets the world’s most dangerous weapon. Our top national security leaders argue that successful diplomacy relies on establishing a credible military deterrent to address Iran’s current nuclear path. Read more: Link to quoted tweet

Luria (D-VA-2) 12/17/2021: Tweet – “‘Therefore, for the sake of our diplomatic effort to resolve this crisis, we believe it is vital to restore Iran’s fear that its current nuclear path will trigger the use of force against it by the United States.’ An important, timely statement on Iran. Statement on Improving the Potential for a Diplomatic Resolution to the Iran Nuclear Challenge… | washingtoninstitute.org

Waltz (R-FL-6) 12/17/2021: Tweet – “Russia’s on Ukraine’s border, the Afghan Taliban have total control of Afghanistan, ISIS-K & al-Qaeda are growing, & Iran’s racing to build a nuclear weapon. The world’s lighting on fire w Biden in the White House bc his Admin’s making the same mistakes as they did under Obama. Link to video

 

Syria

Boyle (D-PA-2) 12/22/2021: Retweet of @RepFrenchHill – “.@RepBrendanBoyle & I have introduced #HR6265, the #CAPTAGONAct which would require the federal gov to develop an interagency strategy to disrupt & dismantle narcotics production and trafficking &affiliated networks linked to the Assad regime in Syria. RELEASE: Hill & Boyle Introduce Bill to Disrupt and Dismantle Assad’s Narcotics Production and Trafficking… | hill.house.gov

Hill (R-AR-2) 12/22/2021: Twitter thread – “The U.S. government must do all it can to disrupt the industrial level of drug production currently taking place in Syria. If we fail to do so, then the Assad regime will continue to drive the ongoing conflict and provide a lifeline to extremist groups. The coming Middle East narco wars | Opinion .@RepBrendanBoyle & I have introduced #HR6265, the #CAPTAGONAct which would require the federal gov to develop an interagency strategy to disrupt & dismantle narcotics production and trafficking &affiliated networks linked to the Assad regime in Syria. RELEASE: Hill & Boyle Introduce Bill to Disrupt and Dismantle Assad’s Narcotics Production and Trafficking… | hill.house.gov

Bacon (R-NE-2) 12/20/2021: Twitter thread – “I agree with my Co-Chair of the Baltic Security Caucus. Approving the Russian Nord Stream 2 Pipeline communicated weakness as Russia conducts military aggression against Georgia and Ukraine. Did President Biden forget about the invasion of Crimea? Link to quoted tweet   Link to reply @Rebecca28049528 @eric_stutzman5 You have your facts wrong. After Trump announced he was withdrawing from Kurd areas of Syria he received criticism from folks like me. He changed his mind and ended up pulling back only 10 miles from Turkish border. We are still in Syria and with the Kurds today.”

 

Yemen

Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) 12/22/2021: Tweet – “Millions of Yemenis are facing famine due to civil war. Aid can’t get through the country’s main airport because it’s blocked by a Saudi-led coalition. With @RepNancyMace, @SenWarren & @RandPaul, we’re asking @POTUS to put diplomatic pressure on the Saudis to end the blockade. Link to image

 

Saudi Arabia (Mainly grandstanding around news of 1 Saudi national apprehended at US-Mexico border)

Gaetz (R-FL-1) 12/23/2021: Tweet – “More important than Ukraine Link to quoted tweet

Long (R-MO-7) 12/23/2021: Retweet of @NatSecCNN – “CNN Exclusive: US intelligence and satellite images show Saudi Arabia is now building its own ballistic missiles with the help of China. @ZcohenCNN reports CNN Exclusive: US intel and satellite images show Saudi Arabia is now building its own ballistic missiles with help of China – CNNPolitics

Cotton (R-AR) 12/22/2021: Retweet of @joniernst – “The #BidenBorderCrisis is threatening our national security. Saudi Arabian ‘potential terrorist’ nabbed at US-Mexico border; Ties to ‘Yemeni subjects of interest, feds say… | foxnews.com

Biggs (R-AZ-5) 12/21/2021: Retweet of @RepRosendale – “How many just like him have entered our country undetected? FINISH THE WALL! Saudi Arabian ‘potential terrorist’ nabbed at US-Mexico border; Ties to ‘Yemeni subjects of interest, feds say… | foxnews.com

Fleischmann (R-TN-3) 12/22/2021: Tweet – “For months, my @HouseGOP colleagues and I have warned that open border policies endanger our national security. We must fully fund border security, restart construction of the border wall, and end open border policies like catch-and-release. Saudi Arabian ‘potential terrorist’ nabbed at US-Mexico border; Ties to ‘Yemeni subjects of interest, feds say… | foxnews.com

Hagedorn (R-MN-1) 12/21/2021: Tweet – “Last week, Border Patrol agents apprehended a suspected terrorist from Saudi Arabia. Border security IS national security, and we MUST secure our border to keep our country and communities safe. Border Patrol stops suspected terrorist from Saudi Arabia in Arizona… | washingtonexaminer.com

Ernst (R-IA) 12/22/2021: Tweet – “The #BidenBorderCrisis is threatening our national security. Saudi Arabian ‘potential terrorist’ nabbed at US-Mexico border; Ties to ‘Yemeni subjects of interest, feds say… | foxnews.com

Wicker (R-MS) 12/21/2021: Tweet – “Open borders threaten our national security. A suspected terrorist crossed the U.S.-Mexico border, but the Biden Administration continues to ignore the crisis. Saudi Arabian ‘potential terrorist’ nabbed at US-Mexico border; ties to Yemeni subjects of interest, feds say | Fox News

Bacon (R-NE-2) 12/20/2021: Tweet – “A potential terrorist has been caught at the US-Mexico border proving border security IS national security. Under Pres. Biden, nearly 1.8M people have been caught trying to illegally cross the border–a 21-year high– and over 273k have escaped. Saudi Arabian ‘potential terrorist’ nabbed at US-Mexico border; Ties to ‘Yemeni subjects of interest, feds say… | foxnews.com

Biggs (R-AZ-5) 12/20/2021: Retweet of @BillFOXLA – “BREAKING: Border Patrol caught a potential terrorist who crossed illegally in Yuma, AZ. The Saudi man has ties to Yemeni subjects of interests. He was wearing a jacket for an ambulance corps in New York, but their Chief tells us they have no idea who he is Saudi Arabian ‘potential terrorist’ nabbed at US-Mexico border; Ties to ‘Yemeni subjects of interest, feds say… | foxnews.com

Biggs (R-AZ-5) 12/20/2021: Retweet of @BillFOXLA – “BREAKING: Border Patrol caught a potential terrorist who crossed illegally in Yuma, AZ. The Saudi man has ties to Yemeni subjects of interests. He was wearing a jacket for an ambulance corps in New York, but their Chief tells us they have no idea who he is Saudi Arabian ‘potential terrorist’ nabbed at US-Mexico border; Ties to ‘Yemeni subjects of interest, feds say… | foxnews.com

Bishop (R-NC-9) 12/20/2021: Tweet – “This was entirely predictable. @SecMayorkas needs to appear before the House Judiciary Committee immediately. #BuildTheWall #BidenBorderCrisis Link to quoted tweet

Bishop (R-NC-9) 12/20/2021: Retweet of @HouseGOP – “Border security is national security. Border Patrol stops suspected terrorist from Saudi Arabia in Arizona… | washingtonexaminer.com

Clyde (R-GA-9) 12/20/2021: Tweet – “Border security is national security—yet President Biden continues to prioritize his open border policies over securing the southern border and keeping our communities safe. Americans deserve better! Saudi Arabian ‘potential terrorist’ nabbed at US-Mexico border; Ties to ‘Yemeni subjects of interest, feds say… | foxnews.com

Fallon (R-TX-4) 12/20/2021: Tweet – “The catastrophe at our southern border is the number one threat to America’s national security. Period. Link to quoted tweet

Gooden (R-TX-5) 12/20/2021: Tweet – “A suspected Saudi Arabian terrorist was arrested illegally crossing the southern border last week. How many terrorists are we not catching thanks to Joe Biden’s open border?”

Green (R-TN-7) 12/21/2021: Tweet – “Where is President Biden? This isn’t the first time and it won’t be the last. A lawless southern border has ramifications for our national security! Saudi Arabian ‘potential terrorist’ nabbed at US-Mexico border; Ties to ‘Yemeni subjects of interest, feds say… | foxnews.com

Issa (R-CA-50) 12/20/2021: Tweet – “We must finish the wall Saudi Arabian ‘potential terrorist’ nabbed at US-Mexico border; Ties to ‘Yemeni subjects of interest, feds say… | foxnews.com

LaTurner (R-KS-2) 12/20/2021: Tweet – “Potential terrorists are taking advantage of Biden’s open border policies and attempting to cross into our country.   The crisis at our southern border is threatening our national security & putting American lives at risk.   Congress must pass the Border Security for America Act. Link to quoted tweet

Latta (R-OH-5) 12/21/2021: Tweet – “In the first two months of FY’22, @CBP arrested 1,682 individuals with criminal convictions & dozens of known gang members – 42 of them being from MS-13. Border security is national security, that is why we must work to secure our southern border! Saudi Arabian ‘potential terrorist’ nabbed at US-Mexico border; Ties to ‘Yemeni subjects of interest, feds say… | foxnews.com

Malliotakis (R-NY-11) 12/20/2021: Retweet of @USBPChiefYUM – “#USBP #YumaSector agents apprehended a potential terrorist who illegally entered the U.S. from Mexico Thursday night. The 21-year-old migrant from Saudi Arabia is linked to several Yemeni subjects of interest. #BorderSecurity is #NationalSecurity Link to image

McCarthy (R-CA-23) 12/20/2021: Retweet of @RepDonBacon – “A potential terrorist has been caught at the US-Mexico border proving border security IS national security. Under Pres. Biden, nearly 1.8M people have been caught trying to illegally cross the border–a 21-year high– and over 273k have escaped. Saudi Arabian ‘potential terrorist’ nabbed at US-Mexico border; Ties to ‘Yemeni subjects of interest, feds say… | foxnews.com

McClain (R-MI-10) 12/20/2021: Tweet – “President Biden has laid out the welcome mat for dangerous terrorists to enter our country. The #BidenBorderCrisis is a national security disaster. Link to quoted tweet

Moore (R-AL-2) 12/20/2021: Tweet – “Biden’s dangerous open borders agenda is a serious national security threat to our nation. It is clear that President Biden – and his Border Czar Kamala Harris – has no plan to address this crisis while he rolls out the red carpet for illegal immigrants & potential terrorists. Link to quoted tweet

Murphy (R-NC-3) 12/20/2021: Tweet – “Just the latest example of the threat posed by President Biden’s reckless open border policies. God bless our @CBP for working so diligently to protect our border despite tremendous obstacles and no support from this Administration. Link to quoted tweet

Pfluger (R-TX-11) 12/20/2021: Tweet – “Every single American should be alarmed by this arrest. This further proves EXACTLY what Republicans have been saying all along: border security is national security. Saudi Arabian ‘potential terrorist’ nabbed at US-Mexico border; Ties to ‘Yemeni subjects of interest, feds say… | foxnews.com

Reschenthaler (R-PA-14) 12/20/2021: Tweet – “Biden’s constant refusal to secure our border continues to put American lives at risk.   Saudi Arabian ‘potential terrorist’ nabbed at US-Mexico border; Ties to ‘Yemeni subjects of interest, feds say… | foxnews.com

Rosendale (R-MT-0) 12/21/2021: Tweet – “How many just like him have entered our country undetected? FINISH THE WALL! Saudi Arabian ‘potential terrorist’ nabbed at US-Mexico border; Ties to ‘Yemeni subjects of interest, feds say… | foxnews.com

Stefanik (R-NY-21) 12/20/2021: Tweet – “Border security is national security. Saudi Arabian ‘potential terrorist’ nabbed at US-Mexico border; Ties to ‘Yemeni subjects of interest, feds say… | foxnews.com

Cotton (R-AR) 12/21/2021: Tweet – “The Biden Border Crisis is a national security threat. Saudi Arabian ‘potential terrorist’ nabbed at US-Mexico border; ties to Yemeni subjects of interest, feds say… | foxnews.com

Cruz (R-TX) 12/20/2021: Retweet of @newsmax – “Sen. Ted Cruz again called on President Joe Biden to “secure our border” after authorities apprehended a Saudi Arabian migrant linked to terrorists. Ted Cruz Renews Call to Secure Border After ‘Potential Terrorist’ Apprehended | Newsmax.com

Tuberville (R-AL) 12/20/2021: Twitter thread – “Border apprehension numbers continue to break records. It’s clear: the effects of the Biden administration’s policies can’t be explained away by “seasonal trends.” Southwest Land Border Encounters… | cbp.gov Due to @POTUS’ “come one, come all” immigration policies, our weakened border poses a severe national security risk. Thank you to our law enforcement officers who continue to help keep our nation safe, even if our President isn’t. Link to quoted tweet

Hartzler (R-MO-4) 12/20/2021: Tweet – “President Biden: It is past time for your administration to take real, meaningful action to secure our southern border. #BidenBorderCrisis Link to quoted tweet

Miller (R-IL-15) 12/20/2021: Tweet – “Border Patrol caught a suspected Saudi terrorist crossing the border disguised in an EMT jacket. When I visited the border with President Trump, the security crisis created by Biden was clear. Our enemies are taking advantage of Biden’s weakness. Link to quoted tweet

Pfluger (R-TX-11) 12/20/2021: Tweet – “Republicans have been urging @POTUS and @WhiteHouse to take the border crisis seriously and have been ignored. We absolutely MUST know who and what is coming across our border. Link to quoted tweet

Roy (R-TX-21) 12/20/2021: Tweet – “#BidenBorderCrisis #ImpeachMayorkas Link to quoted tweet

Cruz (R-TX) 12/20/2021: Tweet – “Terrorists are taking advantage of Biden’s open borders.  It’s time Biden secure our border and end the #BidenBorderCrisis. Link to quoted tweet

 

United Arab Emirates

Krishnamoorthi (D-IL-8) 12/19/2021: Tweet – “Our security requirements for the UAE are necessary. If they want to work with the U.S., they need to protect our technology. That’s why I introduced the Monitoring China-UAE Cooperation Act. WSJ News Exclusive | United Arab Emirates Threatens to Pull Out of $23 Billion F-35, Drone Deal With U.S.

Krishnamoorthi (D-IL-8) 12/17/2021: Tweet – “I am proud to have authored the bipartisan Monitoring China-UAE Cooperation Act with @RepChrisStewart in order to protect our national security and American technology from the Chinese Communist Party. Rep. Krishnamoorthi and Rep. Stewart Introduce Bipartisan Monitoring China-UAE Cooperation Act… | krishnamoorthi.house.gov

Stewart (R-UT-2) 12/17/2021: Retweet of @CongressmanRaja – “I am proud to have authored the bipartisan Monitoring China-UAE Cooperation Act with @RepChrisStewart in order to protect our national security and American technology from the Chinese Communist Party. Rep. Krishnamoorthi and Rep. Stewart Introduce Bipartisan Monitoring China-UAE Cooperation Act… | krishnamoorthi.house.gov