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In response to the supposed growing threat of white supremacist and neo-Nazi activity, Congress has passed a bill that will require the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Defense to report on any instances of this activity within the military and law enforcement.
The amendment was opposed by Republicans but ultimately passed 218-208.
A sponsor of the bill, Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill), said, “Such behavior, such extremism is a threat to us in all segments of society. There is no reason to believe that our military is any different.”
The bill would require the FBI, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Department of Defense (DOD) to publish a report analyzing “white supremacist and neo-Nazi activity” within military and law enforcement. If the amendment is passed by the Senate, the agencies would have 180 days to send Congress a report on the number of people discharged from either military service or law enforcement for “white supremacist” or “neo-Nazi” ideology.
In opposition to the amendment, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz), said, “This amendment attempts to create a problem where none exists by requesting investigations into law enforcement and the armed services for alleged rampant white supremacist or white national sympathies.”
Senator Rand Paul also spoke out against the bill saying that it creates new departments that will essentially be the “thought police” of the military.