S. 1959: Haqqani Network Terrorist Designation Act of 2011

S. 1959

Haqqani Network Terrorist Designation Act of 2011

Sponsor
Sen. Richard Burr

Date
July 17, 2012 (112th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Sarah Makin

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, July 17, 2012, the House is scheduled to consider S. 1959, the Haqqani Network Terrorist Designation Act of 2011, under a suspension of the rules requiring a two-thirds majority vote for approval.  The bill was introduced on December 7, 2011, by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.  S. 1959 was approved by the Senate on December 17, 2011 by unanimous consent.

Bill Summary

S. 1959 would require the Secretary of State to report to Congress (specifically the House and Senate Judiciary Committees) on the following: (1) whether the Haqqani Network (an Afghan insurgent group based in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of northwest Pakistan) meets the criteria for designation as a foreign terrorist organization; and (2) which criteria have not been met, if the Secretary determines that the Haqqani Network does not meet such designation.

Background

According to the bill’s sponsor, “The Haqqanis are a violent extremist group who have perpetrated deadly attacks on U.S. forces and innocent Afghan civilians, used murder as an intimidation tactic against the Afghan people, and employed suicide attacks with deadly effectiveness.  They are an extremely dangerous group, and they deserve to be classified as a terrorist organization.  Designating them as terrorists would allow us to more aggressively pursue them as well as limit the ability of foreign governments to provide them with aid and assistance.”  

Cost

There was no CBO score at press time.