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Bost Calls for Passage of Bill to Help Keep Veterans Safe Online Following Committee Hearing on Violent Extremism

Today, Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement after the Committee held a hearing to discuss violent extremist groups' recruitment of veterans:

“The Chairman’s hearing today revealed exactly what we already knew – that violent extremism is a serious problem and that, anecdotally, very few veterans take part in it. Luckily, there are law enforcement institutions, Congressional committees, and others whose mission includes investigating and stopping violent extremism. The House VA Committee is not among them,” said Ranking Member Bost. “Moving forward, our Committee must pass Congresswoman Mace’s and my bill, H.R. 2326, to help veterans keep themselves safer online, where a lot of violent extremism takes root. Then we should get back to fulfilling our unique mission. By helping veterans successfully transition out of the military, recover from the pandemic, go to school, get a job, achieve their goals, and participate in our democracy, we can do more to stop the spread of violent extremism than politically-motivated Committee hearings like this one ever will.”

To watch Ranking Member Bost’s opening remarks during today’s hearing, click here.

To learn more about Ranking Member Bost and Rep. Mace’s bill, H.R. 2326, click here.
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