06.22.16

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin’s Proposal to Increase Investment in Preventing and Prosecuting Hate Crimes Included in Amendment Package That Will Also Fully Fund the FBI and Help Keep Guns Out of the Hands of Terrorists

Senator Baldwin joins Senators Mikulski, Leahy and Nelson in offering amendment, calls for Senate action

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In light of the tragic attack in Orlando, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is joining U.S. Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) in introducing a proposal to prevent and prosecute targeted attacks driven by hate, fully fund the FBI, and help law enforcement investigate and prosecute gun traffickers who transfer guns to terrorists and criminals. 

“It is my hope that the Senate will stand united in support of this amendment. We must do more to prevent hate crimes and provide law enforcement with the resources it needs to help keep guns out of the hands of terrorists,” said Senator Baldwin. “We need to make stronger investments in the FBI and the Justice Department so they have the resources they need to combat acts of terrorism and hate.”

The Mikulski-Baldwin-Leahy-Nelson amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Act fully incorporates Senator Baldwin’s proposal to increase our investments in preventing and prosecuting hate crimes.

The proposal would also fully fund the FBI and ensure that the Department of Justice has the resources it needs to track and stop terrorists plotting to kill Americans. In addition, the amendment would make it easier for the government to prosecute those who traffic firearms to terrorists and other criminals, like the neighbor who provided two assault rifles to the San Bernardino attackers.

For more on the Mikulski-Leahy-Baldwin-Nelson proposal to prevent targeted attacks driven by hate, fully fund the FBI, and keep guns out of the hands of terrorists, click here