Walker to Introduce Legislation to Assist State & Local Authorities in Countering Violent Extremism
WASHINGTON, DC â€“ U.S. Representative Mark Walker, a member of the Committee on Homeland Security, will introduce the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Grants Act tomorrow. The CVE Grants Act aims to better empower state and local authorities in combating violent extremism without requiring additional federal spending.
â€œAs we continue to witness more and more barbaric acts â€“ whether it's Boko Haram in Africa or ISIS in the Middle East â€“ we must never become desensitized to violent extremists and their actions. The Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Grants Act works to combat these groups on our home front,â€ said Rep. Walker. â€œCVE grants are centered on state and local law enforcement partnerships and will provide local authorities with the resources they need to neutralize both organized and lone-wolf terrorism efforts here in America.â€
H.R. 1022, the CVE Grants Act will assist state and local authorities on the frontlines of combating domestic radicalization by authorizing the use of Urban Area Security Initiative and State Homeland Security grants to deter, detect, and disrupt radical Islamist extremistsâ€™ efforts to influence and recruit Americans. The CVE Grants Act is a budget neutral solution that does not increase federal spending. The bill will also require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to monitor the use of these grants to better measure the success of these programs and ensures the most effective use of tax payer dollars.
U.S. Representative Michael McCaul, chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, will join in co-sponsoring the bill and stated, â€œWhile ISIS and other jihadists groups continue to tailor their hateful and repressive ideology in order to appeal to and radicalize a younger generation within the United States and around the world, the president still refuses to call the threat what it is.â€ Chairman McCaul added, â€œWe must wage a more robust effort here at home to combat violent Islamist extremism by working with local communities to intervene when we see signs of it. As such, the CVE Grants Act will help state and local authorities by giving them the tools they need to root out the would be terrorist in our hometowns.â€