Ted Poe

Ted Poe

TEXAS' 2nd DISTRICT

Congressman Poe: Freedom Must Not be Intimidated

2017/08/17

Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02), Chairman of the Terrorism Subcommittee, issued the following statement in the aftermath of the Barcelona terrorist attack. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, killing over 13 people and injuring 80 more. Details are still developing. "Today's act of cowardly terror and murder is heartbreaking and has become far too commonplace," said Congressman Poe. "Radical Islamic terrorists are attempting to force their ideology on others, by using any means possible. Acts of terror, by definition, strik Read More

Terrorism Update: August 14th- 18th

2017/08/14

Monday (8.14.17)

  • Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has released the 17th edition of its Inspire magazine, in which the group calls on supporters to strike trains in the US and Europe. The editors direct to target the train from “either inside or from outside,” or target “the rail itself so as to derail the train,” or assault train stations, which “are always crowded and cause major interruption towards the transportation system.”
  • Fighting between government-backed separatist rebels and pro-ISIS terrorists have killed at least 25 people in the southern Philippines, the army said on Monday, as the military battles to restore order on the troubled island of Mindanao.
  • A suspected ISIS terrorist stabbed a Turkish police officer to death while being taken to the Istanbul police headquarters, the state-run Anadolu news agency said. The man, suspected of preparing a bomb attack, had been detained in an operation by anti-terrorism police.
  • A former Somali terrorist leader, Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansur, has defected to the government, a military official said on Sunday, severing ties with Islamist group al Shabaab. Al Shabaab fell out with its former spokesman and deputy leader Robow in 2013 and he has been laying low in the jungles with his forces since then. The Islamists have launched multiple attacks to try to kill or capture him.
  • Suspected Islamist terrorists killed at least 18 people and wounded several during a raid on a restaurant in Burkina Faso's capital Sunday night, but security forces shot dead both attackers and freed people trapped inside the building.
  • The Afghan Taliban and ISIS attacked a village in the northern province of Sar-e Pul in Afghanistan last week, killing between 50-60 people, a leading Afghan human rights group said on Friday.
  • US Africa Command (AFRICOM) launched two “kinetic strikes” against Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia and East Africa, on Friday. The US military has now targeted Shabaab in three separate operations over the past two weeks. AFRICOM did not provide the targets of the two strikes or announce if any Shabaab leaders or fighters, or civilians, were killed or wounded in the operation.
  • The US military killed the leader of ISIS’s Khorasan province for Kunar in an air strike on Aug. 10. The commander, known as Abdul Rahman, was a “primary candidate” to take control of Khorasan province after the US took out previous emir Abu Sayed last month, according to US Forces Afghanistan.

Tuesday (8.15.17)

  • The Afghan Taliban has again retaken control of the district of Ghormach in Faryab province. The remote district has changed hands twice in less than two years.
  • Indonesian police on Tuesday arrested five suspected Islamist terrorists and seized chemicals near the capital, Jakarta, that they said were being used to make bombs for attacks on the presidential palace at the end of August.
  • Iraqi forces are carrying out air strikes on Tal Afar, a town held by ISIS west of Mosul, in preparation for a ground assault, an Iraqi military spokesman said on Tuesday.
  • A roadside bomb killed eight soldiers in a remote district in Pakistan's southwestern province of Baluchistan, a government official said on Tuesday, the second attack within days in the troubled region. The separatist Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) group claimed responsibility for the bombing in phone calls made to media in Quetta.
  • Three Afghan aid workers employed by Catholic Relief Services were gunned down and killed in central Afghanistan, officials said on Tuesday. The attack happened on Monday near the capital city of Ghor province, an area once relatively peaceful but now home to active Taliban and ISIS terrorists.
  • A car plowed into the outdoor terrace of a pizzeria in the small town of Sept-Sorts east of Paris on Monday, killing a 12-year-old girl and seriously injuring several other people.
  • An Oklahoma man angry with the government has been arrested by the FBI on charges that he tried to blow up an Oklahoma City bank building with a van he thought was packed with explosives, U.S. prosecutors said on Monday.

Wednesday (8.16.17) 

  • The Taliban has published an “open letter” to President Donald Trump, urging him to “adopt the strategy of a complete withdrawal from Afghanistan instead of a troops increase.” But readers should keep in mind that the new letter is propaganda and should be read as such. The letter is laced with erroneous and self-serving statements.
  • Seven Iraqi soldiers were killed on Wednesday when a suicide attacker tried to infiltrate a security headquarters near the northern city of Baiji where ISIS is entrenched in nearby mountain areas, security sources said.
  • A woman suicide bomber blew herself up and killed 27 others at a market in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, two local officials said, in an attack bearing the hallmark of Boko Haram terrorists. Two more suicide bombers detonated their devices at the gates to a nearby refugee camp, wounding many people, an emergency services official said.
  • Suspected Somali Islamist terrorists killed five police officers in an ambush in northeastern Kenya on Tuesday, according to police sources, the latest in a string of deadly attacks. Somalia's al Shabaab terrorists have claimed a series of cross-border attacks in recent months in what they say are retaliation for Kenyan security forces operating in Somalia.
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Statement on Domestic Terrorism Attack in Charlottesville

2017/08/12

"I’m deeply saddened by the bigotry and violence in Charlottesville. This was domestic terrorism, and I applaud the FBI for immediately opening a civil rights investigation into white supremacist James Fields. We must come together to stand up against racism and hatred. The KKK and white supremacist groups are abhorrent and what they stand for is against our nation’s values. We must be clear on that." Read More

Congressman Poe: Tighten the Screws on North Korea

2017/08/09

"The rogue nation of North Korea is the greatest threat to U.S. national security and to the peace and stability of the entire world," said Congressman Poe. "Kim Jong-Un’s recent ICBM tests and revelations that the regime has miniaturized a nuclear warhead requires a stern and united response. I applaud recent sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council and President Trump’s adoption of Congress’s new sanctions package. These m Read More

Terrorism Update: August 7th- 11th

2017/08/07

Monday (8.7.17) 

  • US Africa Command confirmed that the July 30 “kinetic strike” killed an al Shabaab commander Ali Muhammad Hussein who led forces and conducted attacks in Mogadishu and the Banadir regions in southern Somalia for al Qaeda’s branch in East Africa.
  • An Australian man who was detained during raids to disrupt what authorities described as an ISIS-inspired plot to bomb an Etihad Airways flight has been charged with weapons offences and released on bail, police said on Sunday. The man was one of four detained during raids by counter-terrorism police in suburbs in Sydney, Australia's largest city, a week ago.
  • Minnesota's governor called the bombing of a mosque outside Minneapolis the previous day "an act of terrorism" during a visit to the site on Sunday. Police in Bloomington, Minnesota, were called on Saturday at 5:05 a.m. local time about an explosion at the Dar Al Farooq mosque, after a bomb was thrown through the window of the imam's office while worshipers were gathered for morning prayers. No one was injured.
  • Terrorists attacked a village in the northern Afghan province of Sar-e Pul, killing as many as 50 people, including women and children, officials said on Sunday. Many details of the attack, including the identity of the terrorists, were not immediately clear.
  • Gunmen killed 11 people and wounded 18 others in a church in southeastern Nigeria on Sunday in an attack arising from a feud between members of the local community, officials said.
  • A suicide bomber has killed at least seven people in a small town in northern Cameroon near the Nigeria border, a local official and a military source said on Sunday. Another suicide bomb exploded in the town of Waza in north Cameroon on Saturday, but no casualties were reported other than the bomber, the sources said.
  • French prosecutors launched a terrorism investigation after a man wielding a knife and shouting the Arabic phrase "Allahu Akbar" (God is great), tried to force his way in to the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Saturday night, a judicial source said.
  • An explosives-laden car blew up in the center of Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Friday, killing at least one person and injuring another, police said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, though the Islamist terrorist group Al Shabaab has launched frequent attacks in the city.

Tuesday (8.8.17) 

  • Pakistani security forces killed four Taliban terrorists in the eastern city of Lahore hours after a truck bomb killed one person and wounded 22, authorities said on Tuesday.
  • Two soldiers and six suspected al Qaeda attackers were killed and 10 soldiers wounded on Tuesday when a suicide bomber and gunmen tried to storm an army camp in southern Yemen, a local security official said.
  • Iranian security forces have broken up a group affiliated with ISIS which was planning attacks in religious centers in the country and trying to hide weapons in home appliances, state news agency IRNA reported on Monday. The agency said the operation was conducted jointly with another country's agents and a total of 27 suspects were arrested. The agency did not name the other country.
  • ISIS may have fired seven Grad rockets into Lebanon on Monday from its enclave on the border with Syria, without causing any injuries, a Lebanese security source said. It would mark the first use of those weapons by ISIS fighters there for several years, and comes as the Lebanese army prepares for an expected assault on their enclave.

Wednesday (8.9.17)

  • A car rammed into a group of soldiers in a Parisian suburb on Wednesday, injuring six before speeding off in what officials identified as a suspected terrorist attack. Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly said the driver was on the run and being sought, and an investigation was under way to determine "the motives and circumstances" for what she called a "cowardly act".
  • The Taliban released 235 villagers held after the terrorists captured a village in the northern Afghan province of Sar-e Pul, but the government faced growing pressure over why it had taken so long for security forces to arrive in the area.
  • A suicide bomber killed four Pakistani soldiers in an attack in the troubled northwest near the border with Afghanistan, the army said on Wednesday, at least the second major attack since Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi came to power a week ago.
  • Tunisian armed forces killed two Islamist terrorists including a senior commander in a mountain raid near the western border with Algeria late on Tuesday, security sources said. Tunisian radio station Mosaique FM identified the commander as Mourad Chaieb, the Algerian leader of Okba Bin Nafaa, which is affiliated with al Qaeda's North African branch, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
  • Boko Haram terrorists killed at least 30 fishermen in raids on communities around Lake Chad in northeastern Nigeria, the governor of Borno state, residents and military sources said on Tuesday.
  • A federal grand jury has indicted a Maryland man on charges of attempting to murder an FBI agent and trying to provide support to ISIS, U.S. prosecutors said on Tuesday. Nelash Das, 25, of Landover Hills, was arrested by federal agents in September 2016 as he was preparing to attack a U.S. military service member.
  • A Belgian bomb squad found no explosives after a man who claimed to be carrying a bomb in his car was stopped by police, Brussels prosecutors said on Tuesday, adding there was no evidence he was plotting an attack.
  • An Egyptian policeman was killed on Tuesday in a clash with suspected Islamist gunmen in the southern province of Qena, security sources said. Police had raided mountainous areas after receiving information that terrorists loyal to ISIS were hiding there, the sources said. Two gunmen were killed before the exchange of fire that killed the policeman.

Thursday (8.10.17)

  • A Taliban commander who was targeted by the US military in an airstrike nearly a decade ago and who has links to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp – Qods Force remains a key player in the insurgency in central Afghanistan. The Taliban commander, known as Mullah Mustafa, was instrumental in the Taliban’s takeover of Taiwara district in Ghor province several weeks ago. 
  • French police shot and arrested a man on Wednesday suspected of deliberately ramming his car into a group of soldiers in a Parisian suburb hours earlier, injuring six of them in what the government called a deliberate attack. The Algerian national is believed to be unknown to French intelligence services and had no criminal record, a police source said on Thursday.
  • Turkish authorities have detained a suspected ISIS terrorist of Russian origin after he allegedly planned to use a drone to bring down a U.S. plane at the Incirlik air base, Dogan News Agency said on Thursday.
  • ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack on a patrol car on Wednesday that killed four Egyptian policemen in North Sinai, the terrorist group's AMAQ news agency said on Thursday.
  • Two Afghan women working for a security firm searching people entering Bagram air base near the Afghan capital Kabul were killed on Wednesday and two others wounded by unknown gunmen, officials said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said he was checking the report.
  • ISIS issued a video on Wednesday threatening new attacks in the Iranian capital Tehran and calling on young Iranians to rise up and launch jihad in their country. Another portion of the video showed terrorists in black ski masks speaking out against Shi'ites in Arabic and threatening attacks against them in Iraq.
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Terrorism Update: July 31st - August 4th

2017/07/31

Monday (7.31.17) 

  • Turkish authorities detained 1,098 people over the last week for suspected links to terrorist groups or last year's failed coup attempt, the interior ministry said on Monday. Following the July 15 coup, Turkey has arrested some 50,000 people and sacked or suspended more than 150,000 in the military, civil service and private sector as part of a sweeping crackdown that has worried rights groups and some Western nations.
  • Philippine security forces found seven headless bodies on Monday believed to be the victims of kidnappings in two towns on the southern island of Basilan, a stronghold of the pro-ISIS Abu Sayyaf group, police said.
  • ISIS on Monday claimed responsibility for an attack on the Iraqi embassy in Kabul that began with a suicide bomber blowing himself up at the main gate, allowing gunmen to enter the building and battle security forces. There was no immediate official word on casualties but an Italian-operated hospital nearby said two injured people had been brought in for treatment.
  • Stricter screening of passengers and luggage at Australian airports will stay in place indefinitely after police foiled an alleged "Islamic-inspired" plot to bring down a plane, which local media said may have involved a bomb or poisonous gas.
  • An Egyptian man who stabbed three foreign tourists to death and wounded three more earlier this month at a Red Sea resort had tried to join ISIS, according to a police investigation, two security sources said on Sunday. Authorities have so far not commented officially on motives for the attack, and no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Fighting between al Shabaab fighters and Somali government troops and African Union peacekeepers killed 24 people on Sunday, a regional official said, with the Islamist terrorists putting the death toll higher. Al Shabaab wants to force out the peacekeepers, oust the Western-backed government and impose its strict interpretation of Islam in Somalia.
  • A suicide bomber killed 14 people in northeast Nigeria, the state emergency agency said on Saturday, in an attack that bore the hallmarks of Boko Haram, days after a resurgence in the jihadist group's activities prompted a shift in military tactics.
  • Suspected members of Boko Haram have released a photograph that appears to show three kidnapped members of an oil exploration team in northeastern Nigeria, according to the university whose staff were part of the team and which distributed the image on Friday. A rescue attempt on Wednesday ended in the deaths of at least 37 members of the original prospecting team and the rescuers, including Nigerian military and armed vigilantes.

 Tuesday (8.1.17) 

  • The Taliban released a propaganda video of its fighters battling to take control of the district of Jani Khel in Paktia province. The district fell to the Taliban last week, along with two others in different regions of Afghanistan. The bodies of Afghan soldiers are presented in the video, while the leader of the Taliban in Jani Khel interviews the captured Afghan security personnel at the end.
  • A Turkish military vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in southeast Diyarbakir province, killing two soldiers, security sources said on Tuesday. The device was detonated by terrorists of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) as the vehicle was passing the road, the sources said. Separately, security sources said three PKK terrorists were killed in the southeastern province of Tunceli after being identified by a drone.
  • Indonesia and encrypted messaging service Telegram have agreed to establish better procedures to stamp out distribution of terrorist propaganda on the platform, the app's founder and the communications minister said on Tuesday. Telegram is a messaging platform believed to be popular with ISIS, who uses the chatrooms with hundreds of members, besides holding private conversations.
  • The U.S-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are on the verge of seizing full control of the southern neighborhoods of ISIS-held Raqqa, a Kurdish official said on Tuesday. The U.S.-led coalition said SDF fighters advancing from the east were within 300 meters (330 yards) of meeting up with those advancing from the west.
  • US Africa Command (AFRICOM) killed one al Shabaab terrorist in a “kinetic strike” against an al Qaeda branch in southern Somalia on July 29. The offensive is the second of its kind reported by AFRICOM over the past month.

Wednesday (8.2.17)

  • A suicide bomber attacked a convoy of international troops near the airport in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Wednesday, a security official said, and the NATO-led military coalition confirmed there were casualties.
  • ISIS attacked Syrian government forces and their allies in countryside east of Homs and Hama on Wednesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. ISIS has been losing ground to government forces further east, close to its stronghold of Deir al-Zor province and al-Sukhna, the last town it holds in Homs province.
  • A car bomb explosion in the southern Somali town of Kismayo wounded at least 10 people on Tuesday, police and residents said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. However, Al Shabaab has been frequently carrying out attacks in the country.
  • A suicide attack on a Shi'ite mosque in the western Afghan city of Herat killed more than 29 people and wounded more than 64 on Tuesday, officials said. Abdulhai Walizada, a local police spokesman, said there appeared to be more than one attacker, with witnesses describing a suicide bomber who detonated explosives and at least one other, a gunman who threw grenades at worshippers.
  • A migrant, who was a Palestinian asylum seeker, killed one person and injured six others in a knife attack in a Hamburg supermarket over the weekend. Officials now say he was a radicalized Islamist known to German security agencies, but also believed to have psychological problems

Thursday (8.3.17) 

  • Australian police on Thursday charged two men with planning a terrorist act, over their role in a foiled "Islamic-inspired" plot to bring down an airplane. The men were among four arrested last weekend in counter-terror raids across Australia's biggest city of Sydney.
  • South African Stephen McGowan, who was kidnapped by al Qaeda from the Mali tourist town of Timbuktu in 2011, has been released and is back home, foreign minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said on Thursday. McGowan, who had been touring Mali on motorbikes with a German, a Swede and a Dutch national, was undergoing medical tests but had no major injuries, Nkoana-Mashabane told a news conference. No ransom was paid, she added.
  • Al Shabaab terrorists attacked a remote police outpost in northern Kenya on Thursday and killed an officer days before national elections, police said. The attackers hit two vehicles when they fired rocket propelled grenades at the camp in Lafey village near the border with Somalia before police repulsed the attack, said Joseph Boinnet, inspector general of police.
  • Two attackers detonated a car bomb in southern Yemen on Wednesday, killing themselves and five soldiers and injuring several others, residents and a local security official said. The local official added, without elaborating, that he suspected the attackers were affiliated with al Qaeda.
  • An Ohio man who professed support for ISIS was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Wednesday for soliciting the murder of U.S. military personnel, federal prosecutors said. Terrence McNeil, 24, of Akron, Ohio, had pleaded guilty in April to five counts of solicitation to commit a crime of violence and five counts of making threatening interstate communications.
  • ISIS has claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a Shi'ite mosque in Afghanistan that killed and wounded dozens of people on Tuesday, the group's official agency AMAQ said on Wednesday.
  • A suicide bomb attack killed two American troops in Afghanistan on Wednesday as they were traveling in a convoy near the airport in the southern city of Kandahar, the U.S. military said, in a strike claimed by the Taliban insurgency.

Friday (8.4.17)

  • More details have come out about the foiled terror plot in Australia. Police said on Friday that an Australian man sent his unsuspecting brother to Sydney airport to catch an Etihad Airways flight carrying a home-made bomb disguised as a meat-mincer built at the direction of a senior ISIS commander. Police said two men, who have been charged with terror-related offences, also planned to build a device to release poisonous gas in a public area.
  • Somalia's terrorist Islamist group al Shabaab seized a town in the south of the country early on Friday after it was abandoned by the military and African Union-mandated (AMISOM) peacekeepers, residents said. It was not immediately clear why the military and AMISOM had withdrawn from the town.
  • The United States said on Friday it took part in a July 30 raid that Somalia's government has already said killed a senior member of an al Shabaab network, which Mogadishu blames for several Islamist bombings. It is the second such raid in the last two months that has killed senior members of al Shabaab.
  • ISIS is still committing genocide against the Yazidi minority in Iraq after three years but the world is failing in its duty to punish the crime, the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria said on Thursday. Nearly 3,000 Yazidi women and children remain in ISIS captivity.
  • A Georgian soldier from the NATO-led Resolute Support mission was killed and six personnel were wounded in Afghanistan on Thursday after a suicide bomber attacked their convoy in Kabul province, a coalition statement said. In addition, two Afghan civilians were killed and seven wounded in the attack.
  • Yemeni troops, backed by the United States and the United Arab Emirates, conducted raids against the local affiliate of al Qaeda in Shabwa province on Thursday, the Emirati state news agency WAM said. WAM did not say what kind of support the UAE and U.S. militaries had provided or give details on the outcome of the raids.
  • The Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM), al Qaeda’s branch in West Africa, has claimed several attacks on French forces in northern Mali in recent weeks. In addition to the claims on French troops, JNIM has also claimed several other attacks in recent weeks across Mali.
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MEGAN RONDINI

2017/07/28

Mr. Speaker, I want to talk today about a person, a person that I never got to meet, but this is her story, and this is her story from her point of view and the information that I have received from people who knew her, including her parents, her aunt, and some of her friends. And, like I said, I don't know the real facts of this case. I am just giving you my opinion, and I am here today to tell Megan Rondini's story, because she can't tell her case, Mr. Speaker. I am co-chair of the Victims' Rights Caucus, along with the gentleman from California (Mr. Costa), my friend. I was a former prosecutor in Houston, Texas, for 8 years. I tried felony cases. And then I was a criminal court judge for 22 years, seeing all kinds of violations of the law. I mention that because that is the background from which I speak. Over that time, I knew a lot of victims of crime. Too many victims of crime worked their way through the courthouse. I am going to talk about another one today: Megan Rondini. Read More

Poe Condemns North Korea Missile Test

2017/07/28

WASHINGTON- Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) issued the following statement following news of North Korea’s most recent missile test. "The world can no longer stand by idly while the Kim regime in North Korea continues to destabilize the world with its dangerous saber-rattling,” said Congressman Poe. “Today we learned of yet another North Korean missile test highlighting the growing threat to global security from Pyongyang. I urge the a Read More

MEGAN RONDINI

2017/07/28

Mr. Speaker, I want to talk today about a person, a person that I never got to meet, but this is her story, and this is her story from her point of view and the information that I have received from people who knew her, including her parents, her aunt, and some of her friends. And, like I said, I don't know the real facts of this case. I am just giving you my opinion, and I am here today to tell Megan Rondini's story, because she can't tell her case, Mr. Speaker. I am co-chair of the Victims' Rights Caucus, along with the gentleman from California (Mr. Costa), my friend. I was a former prosecutor in Houston, Texas, for 8 years. I tried felony cases. And then I was a criminal court judge for 22 years, seeing all kinds of violations of the law. I mention that because that is the background from which I speak. Over that time, I knew a lot of victims of crime. Too many victims of crime worked their way through the courthouse. I am going to talk about another one today: Megan Rondini. Read More

CONGRESSMAN POE INTRODUCES THE MEGAN RONDINI ACT

2017/07/27

Washington, D.C.- Today, U.S. Representative Ted Poe (R-TX) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) filed H.R. 3415, the bi-partisan Megan Rondini Act, requiring hospitals to have a SAFE – Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner –available 24 hours a day/7 days a week, OR to have a plan in place to get that victim to another nearby hospital with a SAFE. The law honors young Texan Megan Rondini who committed suicide after being raped, failed by law enforcement, the University of Alabama, and the hospital. Megan Rondini was enrolled at the University of Alabama when she was raped by a man from the richest family in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. After escaping her attacker, Megan went directly to the hospital for a rape kit, and contacted the police. The Hospital did not have a SAFE, a nurse or doctor trained in forensic procedure, on staff. The DNA from her rape kit was never properly examined, and its current whereabouts are publically unknown. She was dismissed, ignored, blamed, and forgotten. Feeling like she had nowhere to turn, Megan later took her own life. “Rape is a crime that destroys the very soul of a victim,” said Congressman Ted Poe. Often times, it is a fate worse than death. A victim must relive their attack over and over again. I filed the Megan Rondini Act to ensure victims of crime have access to assistance and the ability to pursue justice. Hospitals across the country must have a SAFE on staff 24/7 or have a plan in place to get the victim to a nearby hospital that can provide forensic services. The failures that drove Megan to commit suicide must not be allowed to continue in our society. Victims must be given a voice and the ability to have evidence collected and tested to bring them justice. This legislation helps give them both.” Read More

PEACE CORPS ANGEL ABROAD--JENNIFER MAMOLA

2017/07/27

Mr. Speaker, Jennifer Mamola represents the very best of America. She volunteered for the Peace Corps at 26 and served in Uganda. While there, tragically, she was hit from behind by a drunk driver, breaking both of her legs. Her life changed forever. When she returned home to America, she faced an uphill battle to get treatment and endless bureaucracy. After 3 months, the Peace Corps stopped covering her medical costs and sent her to face the bureaucracy of the Department of Labor. Instead of serving as a resource, the Peace Corps' post service unit was no help at all. When she reached out asking for mental health services, they ignored her. She has undergone four surgeries and endless hours of agony. America's angels abroad deserve better. My legislation will ensure that Peace Corps volunteers have medical care in foreign countries and in America when they return home. I want to welcome Jennifer to the House Chamber today. Congress appreciates her service as a Peace Corps volunteer, and we must provide help for wonderful people like her. And that is just the way it is. Read More

PROVIDING FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3219, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2018

2017/07/27

Mr. Speaker, having lived in Texas all my life, I, like many other Texans, have been to the Texas border numerous times. I have been to the border from San Diego to Brownsville while I have been in Congress, the entire length of the border. Some things are working on the border, and one of those things that is working is a wall in the big cities. One of my friends from El Paso likes to talk about how El Paso is the safest city in America. Well, one reason is El Paso has multiple fencing, a canal, and a river between the U.S., Texas, and Mexico. The sheriff of El Paso told me after that fencing wa Read More

After A College Student Committed Suicide Following Her Alleged Rape, A Congressman Wants To Change The Law

2017/07/27

A Texas congressman has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would require hospitals nationwide to provide rape victims with around-the-clock access to specially trained medical workers known as sexual assault forensic examiners. Republican Rep. Ted Poe’s bill, proposed Wednesday, is called “the Megan Rondini Act of 2017” in honor of a University of Alabama student who was the subject of a recent BuzzFeed News investigation. The bipartisan bill was co-sponsored by Democratic Rep. Carol Maloney of New York. After alleging she was raped in 2015, Rondini sought help from a Tuscaloosa hospital and law enforcement, as well as from her university. The following year, feeling betrayed by those institutions, she killed herself. Her parents have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against law enforcement, university officials, and the man Rondini accused of raping her. All have denied the claims in the lawsuit. Read More

CALLING FOR UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE OF U.S. CITIZENS AND PERMANENT RESIDENTS HELD FOR POLITICAL PURPOSES BY THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAN

2017/07/26

Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding me time. I want to thank him and the ranking member for moving this legislation forward. Mr. Speaker, Iran is the number one state sponsor of terrorism in the whole world. Out of 195 countries, they are the worst country in the world when it comes to exporting terrorism. The mullahs in Tehran not only support worldwide terrorist groups, terrorist groups that have American blood on their hands, they resort to terrorist tactics to extort and blackmail the American people. For decades, Iran has held American citizens in prisons unlawfully. They detain these Americans under the charge of espionage. We all know that this is just a ploy to extract concessions from the United States. Earlier this month, we learned that Iran threw another American citizen in jail last year. This time it was a Princeton Ph.D. student conducting research in Iran for his dissertation. This student is now being held in Iran's most notorious prison, Evin Prison. If anyone thought that Iran was going to moderate as a result of the nuclear deal, these ongoing unlawful detentions are evidence to the contrary. Iran has been emboldened, and there is no indication they will stop this tactic of terror. We need to get the attention of the barbaric mullahs that seem to take delight in imprisoning Americans and even Iranian citizens for political reasons. We know at least eight Americans currently languish in Iranian jails. Iran is not content with just holding these Americans. They are actively working to extract payments and concessions from the United States, like sanctions relief, as a condition for their release. This is old-fashioned textbook extortion. This resolution will send a clear message to the mullahs: Release the Americans and return them to their homes. Let the American hostages go. I was glad to see the new sanctions imposed by the Treasury in April on the Tehran Prisons Organization. More pressure is needed by our country. I urge the administration to spare no effort to secure the release of American hostages. These hostages have been held by Iran too long, and Iran has proven that they do not respond very well to carrots. Since we gave away the courthouse and the mineral rights in the Iranian deal, maybe it is time we pull out the stick. As Teddy Roosevelt said: “Speak softly, and carry a big stick.” And that is just the way it is. Read More

THE SECRET SERBIAN RESCUE MISSION OF WORLD WAR II

2017/07/26

Mr. Speaker, during the long, dark, lamentable days of World War II, Serbians and Americans forged a bond in a secret mission that remained classified for almost 60 years. What was known as Operation Halyard became the largest rescue operation of American airmen in history. It would not have been possible without the courage of the Serbian people. In 1944, as the Allies advanced into fortress Europe, American bombers based in southern Italy began to strike Germany's vital oil supplies in Romania. The 15th Air Force launched nearly 20,000 sorties into Eastern Europe to degrade Hitler's war machine. To do this, they had to fly over Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia. As many as 1,500 p Read More

REP. POE APPLAUDS HOUSE PASSAGE OF SANCTIONS ON NORTH KOREA, IRAN, AND RUSSIA

2017/07/26

Washington, D.C.- Yesterday, U.S. Representative Ted Poe (TX-02) issued the following statement following the passage of H.R. 3364, the bipartisan Countering Adversarial Nations through Sanctions Act. “Military leaders consistently name North Korea, Iran and Russia as the greatest threats to American security,” said Rep. Poe. “These rogue nations continually destabilize the world with dangerous and aggressive behavior that must be directly countered with clear and consistent U.S. leadership. This week, Congress took action by targeting these bad actors with one of the most comprehensive sanctions packages in history. With the near unanimous passage of the Countering Adversarial Nations Through Sanctions Act, Congress has sent the message to these saber-rattling nations that we will not slip away into the darkness of silence.” Read More

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2018

2017/07/26

Mr. Chairman, I thank the gentleman for yielding and for filing this amendment. Mr. Chairman, the VA has been using taxpayer dollars to have experiments on dogs. It is hard to believe that would occur in our culture today. I have had three Dalmatians over the years, and I know there are a lot of other people who have dogs. They have service dogs that are used by our vets and our agencies. And the thought that our Veterans Administration would go ahead and torture dogs in the name of science and experiments is not acceptable; it is just not. If citizens committed these acts that the VA is committing on dogs, under most laws, that would be animal cruelty. They could be prosecuted and go to jail. But because it is the VA, because it is a government agency, that doesn't apply. But we do want the agency to stop torturing dogs in the name of science. There are better ways that they can spend the money, better ways they can figure out how to help our veterans besides taking careless actions against, as my friend from Virginia said, man's best friend. And if it's going to be man's best friend, maybe we shouldn't be, or we should not be torturing those dogs for any reason. So I support the amendment. Read More

OUR CHILDREN ARE NOT FOR SALE

2017/07/26

Mr. Speaker, sitting a mere 20 feet away from the man that raped and trafficked her daughter, Jennifer waited anxiously in the courtroom as the judge prepared to announce the sentence. The amount of pain and turmoil this criminal inflicted on her family could never be undone. A few years ago, this man pulled up alongside Jennifer's daughter as she walked down the street. He lured the 15-year-old into his car, and he sexually assaulted her. He then took her to a motel and began forcing her to have sex with numerous men for money. He posted an ad about her online offering buyers a chance to “play with innocence.” He literally stole her youth, her happiness, and he sold her to the highest bidder. When Jennifer finally heard the judge's sentence, she wept with tears of joy--180 years in prison for the trafficker, from the right-thinking judge. Let the word get out to deviants and traffickers and buyers: Our children are not for sale. There is a price to pay for the trafficker who sells our kids. And that is just the way it is. Read More

Sanctioning North Korea, Russia, and Iran

2017/07/25

Mr. Speaker, I thank the chairman, and I also thank the ranking member for their work on this legislation. Mr. Speaker, I have spoken to our military leaders, and they said that the biggest threat to the United States is North Korea. Strategic patience is over. It is time for strategic sanctions. This bill will go a long way to tighten the screws on little Kim and bring the dictator to his knees. We can no longer stand by meekly while North Korea terrorizes the world. This bill includes my bill that has already passed the House that calls on the State Department to reassess if North Korea should be on the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. Let us not forget that North Korea helped supply Syria with chemical weapons. It has given Iran ballistic missiles and advice on how to develop its own nukes. North Korea and Iran’s evil cooperation is even going on as we speak today. They are now working together to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach American shores. This bill also puts China in the crosshairs. Chinese banks have enabled the Korean regime to avoid sanctions and build its illegal weapons programs. China even provided the vehicle used to launch North Korea’s new ICBM. China also uses slave labor from North Korea to help North Korea avoid sanctions already in place. China needs to understand how its support for Kim will not only endanger the United States and South Korea, but it also endangers its own security. Mr. Speaker, by targeting these rogue nations, we show we will not go away quietly in the darkness of silence. And that is just the way it is. Read More

STOP FUNDING PALESTINIAN TERRORISTS

2017/07/25

Mr. Speaker, last Friday night, an Israeli family sat down for Shabbat dinner to celebrate the birth of a new grandchild, but a 19- year-old Palestinian terrorist put an end to this joyous occasion. The terrorist brutally attacked the Salomon family with a large knife. Pictures of the family’s home show a white floor stained red with the blood of the innocents. A father and two of his children were murdered that night. Upon learning of the tragic event, Palestinians in Gaza took to the streets to sing, dance, and celebrate. No Palestinian leader has even condemned this grizzly attack. Mr. Speaker, unfortunately, this is our U.S. tax dollars at work. The millions the United States sends to the Palestinians are funneled to terrorists and their families through the socalled martyrs fund. The leaders we prop up glorify terrorists and incite violence. The American people refuse to continue this insanity. We refuse to continue enabling terror against the Israeli people. Read More

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Texas Congressman Ted Poe is a leading advocate in Washington for limited government, free markets, low taxes and individual liberty.

Prior to serving in Congress, Ted Poe served for 22 years as a criminal court judge in Houston where he garnered national media attention for his innovative sentences – dubbed “Poetic Justice.” Prior to that, he served for 8 years in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, where he became the chief felony prosecutor and never lost a jury trial.

Congressman Ted Poe serves on the House Judiciary Committee, and the Foreign Affairs Committee as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade. An outspoken advocate on border security, he travels regularly to the southern border to meet directly with local law enforcement and residents. He also often visits our troops in Afghanistan and around the world. Congressman Ted Poe established the bipartisan Victims’ Rights Caucus (VRC) to advocate on behalf of victims in our nation’s capital. A strong constitutionalist, Congressman Poe stands firmly in the belief of “we the people” not “we the subjects.”


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