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ADDRESSING THE FAITH-BASED COMMUNITY CENTER PROTECTION ACT
(Mr. MAST asked and was given permission to address the House for 1
Mr. MAST. Mr. Speaker, a few weeks ago, I spoke in this Chamber about
the threats made against Jewish community centers across this country.
I rise today because, this week, we have taken bipartisan action to
address these threats.
As Members of Congress, we have a responsibility not only to speak
out against hate, but to take real action to put an end to bigotry and
violence. This week, I joined with a bipartisan group of my colleagues
introducing the Faith-Based Community Center Protection Act.
I also want to thank Senator Heinrich for his leadership on this
issue in the Senate.
Our bill provides over $20 million in additional funding to the
Department of Homeland Security specifically dedicated to safeguarding
faith-based community centers, and it would double the Federal penalty
against making bomb threats from 5 years to 10 years. Think about that,
bomb threats from just 5 years to 10 years. These are commonsense
changes, and this is a simple, affordable solution to a very serious
Mr. Speaker, today I am calling on my colleagues to join us as
defenders of human dignity because it is the decent, humane thing to