We Have a Global Terrorism Epidemic

Republican Leadership Press Conference:
July 6, 2016

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA)
Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
Conference Vice Chair Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY)

Cathy McMorris Rodgers Remarks as Delivered:

“Major terrorist attacks on innocent lives are becoming way too common.

“People shouldn’t live in fear as they go about their daily lives. My heart breaks every time I see these continued attacks around the world on people that are doing, just going about their daily lives.

“Sadly Paris, Brussels, San Bernardino, Orlando, Syria, Iraq, Turkey. They’re just some of the places directly impacted by the rise of Islamic Terrorism. We have a global terrorism epidemic.

“But when the world looked to us for leadership, President Obama chose to walk away.

“When he should have stepped up, he choose instead to step aside and focus on narrow political wins over global security.

“A power vacuum was created and destructive forces have filled it. ISIS remains a serious terrorist force.

“I want to join in expressing gratitude to Congressmen Lee Zeldin whose here with us today. He’s been working on this issue and helping to insure that our legislation strikes an important balance.

“Amid the chaos and the heartache of these attacks American and its allies must be resolved to combat Islamic Terrorism here, in Turkey, in Iraq and wherever it exists.”