Deutch Bills on American Hostages, White Supremacist Terrorism Adopted into Defense Authorization Act
U.S. Representative Ted Deutch (FL-22) offered two of his bills as amendments to the the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which is under consideration by the U.S. House of Representatives. The two bills are the ‘‘Robert Levinson Hostage Recovery and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act" and the "Countering Global White Supremacist Terrorism Act." On Monday evening, the House adopted both of his amendments into the NDAA. Final passage of the NDAA is expected this evening.
The ‘‘Robert Levinson Hostage Recovery and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act" is a bipartisan bill he introduced with Reps. Joe Wilson (SC-02), Ted Lieu (CA-33), and Michael Waltz (FL-06). The bill would strengthen United States government recovery efforts of American hostages abroad. This legislation was named in honor of Robert Levinson, a constituent and the longest held American hostage.
Rep. Deutch said, "Last year we named this bill in Bob's honor as a symbol to him and his family that Congress had not forgotten about him. We adopted this amendment in Bob's memory so that other families who have loved ones held hostage abroad won’t have to work as hard as the Levinsons did to get their loved one returned to them alive. This amendment will strengthen our hand to return American hostages home to their families."
The "Countering Global White Supremacist Terrorism Act" is a bicameral bill he introduced with Rep. Max Rose (NY-11) and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) to strengthen the U.S. government’s counter-terrorism efforts against transnational white supremacy and identity groups.
Rep. Deutch said, "The House of Representatives agreed that targeting transnational white supremacist groups is a national security priority. We're calling on the Administration to develop a whole-of-government strategy to confront these terror groups just as it does with other extremist groups."