New York, DC look to combat domestic terrorism after Buffalo shooting
Shannon Longworth: A bill aimed at preventing racially motivated attacks–like the one in Buffalo–is heading to the senate.
If passed, it would provide more resources to prevent domestic terrorism, but some argue it’s overreaching.
The idea behind the bill–sharing information among intelligence agencies–would help better track and prevent attacks.
New York’s Governor has *already* signed an executive order in direct response to the shooting.
President Joe Biden: “We have a problem with domestic terror. It’s real. I know you don’t want to hear me. Not you, people don’t want to hear me saying it. They say, well, he’s the president, he’s a Democrat. But that’s what the Intelligence Committee’s been saying. That’s what the military was saying for a long time. There’s nothing new about this.”
Shannon Longworth: Governor Kathy Hochul’s package of state-level executive orders will establish a unit focusing exclusively on *domestic* terrorism
The order also calls for a unit to monitor social media content.
Gov. Kathy Hochul | (D) New York: “These social media platforms have to take responsibility. They must be more vigilant in monitoring the content, and they must be held accountable for favoring engagement over public safety.”
Shannon Longworth: The House legislation passed mostly along party lines and faces an uphill battle when it gets to the tightly contested Senate.
This legislation was introduced by House Democrats as early as 2017, but Republicans have been critical of the bill, saying it’s politically motivated.