VIDEO: Goodlatte Testifies Before House Budget Cmte.
On Wednesday, I testified before the House Budget Committee as a part of
the Members' Day Hearing, an opportunity for Members of the House of Representatives to testify before the Committee on their suggested policies and
priorities for the Fiscal Year 2016 budget. I testified that a balanced budget and common sense tax reform are greatly needed for America to have a
Weekly Column: ISIS in America
With increasing regularity, Americans are bearing witness to the depravity of terrorists
claiming the mantle of "The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" or ISIS, but also sometimes referred to as ISIL. Relatively unknown to many
in America just a few years ago, ISIS relishes in their own barbarity with videos depicting the murders of prisoners. As we have seen recently in
Denmark, France, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany, these terrorists are intent on destroying our way of life.
Americans are not mere observers of ISIS's
atrocities. Our people and our homeland are intimate parts of their
plans. The organization's leadership has called for attacks on America
and the rest of the West. They have solicited young people
to renounce their lives and join them. Unfortunately, even here
in America these calls have found receptive ears. FBI Director
James Comey has disclosed that the Bureau is investigating
suspected supporters of ISIS in every U.S. state.
As these threats evolve domestically, so do the
challenges our intelligence and law enforcement officials face in
thwarting violent terrorists and those who pledge allegiance to them
here in the United States. Just a few days ago, the House
Judiciary Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and
Investigations Subcommittee held"a hearing on ISIS in America. At the hearing,
members had the opportunity to further examine domestic terrorism, in particular the increasing threat posed by the Islamic State through the assassination of American captives, recruitment of American citizens, self-radicalization, and domestic terror plots.
Regardless of whether these individuals make their way to Syria or are radicalized in front of a computer in the U.S., the threats they present are very real. Whether it be military force or counter-terrorism efforts in the U.S., it is important Congress know how to best ensure that our country is prepared to stop these threats. As Congress considers the way forward in combating ISIS, we must remain vigilant against this real threat so that we protect Americans and our national security. The barbaric actions of ISIS reinforce how imperative it is that the United States continues our mission, in close cooperation with our allies, to dismantle and destroy ISIS. Click"here to read my"full weekly column.
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