H.Res. 37, Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives condemning the recent terrorist attacks in Paris that resulted in the deaths of seventeen innocent persons and offering condolences to those personally affected by this cowardly act

H.Res. 37

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives condemning the recent terrorist attacks in Paris that resulted in the deaths of seventeen innocent persons and offering condolences to those personally affected by this cowardly act

Sponsor
Rep. Ted Poe

Date
January 20, 2015 (114th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, the House will consider H.Res. 37, a resolution Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives condemning the recent terrorist attacks in Paris that resulted in the deaths of seventeen innocent persons and offering condolences to those personally affected by this cowardly act, under a suspension of the rules.  H.Res.37 was introduced on January 16, 2015 by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) and referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs

Bill Summary

H.Res. 37 establishes that the House of Representatives: 1) condemns the recent terrorist attacks in Paris that resulted in seventeen deaths; 2) extends sympathies to those affected by the attacks; 3) supports the efforts of the French Government to ensure that all individuals who committed or supported these attacks are brought to justice; 4) remains concerned regarding the flow of foreign fighters to and from the Middle East and West and North Africa, and the threat these individuals pose upon return to their local communities; 5) supports France’s continuing efforts to combat terrorism and promote stability throughout the Middle East and West and North Africa; 6) appreciates France’s contribution to the effort to destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL); 7) recognizes the growing threat posed by radical Islamist terrorist groups worldwide, and reaffirms the commitment of the U.S. to the fight against violent extremism; 8) calls upon all nations to join a global effort to combat violent extremism and terrorism; and 9) remains committed to the defense of free expression, religious freedom, and other universal values that terrorists seek to destroy through violence.

Background

On January 7, 2015, armed radical Islamist terrorists attacked the Paris offices of satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, killing twelve people.[1]  The next day, a police officer was gunned down by Amedy Coulibaly, one of the individuals involved in the Charlie Hebdo attack.[2]  On January 9th, Coulibaly intentionally targeted a kosher supermarket, killing four Jewish men and taking multiple hostages.[3]  Coulibaly was killed by police later that day and the remaining hostages were rescued.[4]  The same day, brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, who carried out the Charliee Hebdo attack, were located and killed by police.[5]  Hayat Boumeddiene, a fourth suspect connected with the attack and the common-law wife of Coulibaly, remains at large.[6]  Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), claimed responsibility for the attack.[7]

The Kouachi brothers are believed to have traveled to Yemen in 2011, where they received weapons and training, and met with Anwar al-Awlaki, a senior member of AQAP who was killed in a drone strike on September 30, 2011.[8]  Coulibaly claimed to be a member of ISIL.[9]  All of the assailants were French-born.

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[1] http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-01-07/charlie-hebdo-satirical-newspaper-shooting-paris-12-killed/6005524
[2] http://www.wsj.com/articles/paris-attackers-path-to-terror-1421204761
[3] See Id.
[4] http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/13/world/kouachi-brothers-radicalization/
[5] See Id.
[6] http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/01/10/france_s_most_wanted_who_is_hayat_boumeddiene.html
[7] See H.Res.___, at 2.
[8] See Id.
[9] See Id.

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable, but no cost is expected.

Additional Information

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