On September 20, 2016, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02), the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, along with Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48), introduced H.R.6069, the Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act.

Chairman Poe: “Not only is Pakistan an untrustworthy ally, Islamabad has also aided and abetted enemies of the United States for years.  From harboring Osama bin Laden to its cozy relationship with the Haqqani network, there is more than enough evidence to determine whose side Pakistan is on in the War on Terror. And it’s not America’s. This bill will require the Administration to formally answer this question.  The President must issue a report within 90 days of passage detailing whether or not Pakistan has provided support for international terrorism.  Thirty days after that, the Secretary of State must issue a follow-up report containing either a determination that Pakistan is State Sponsor of Terrorism or a detailed justification as to why Pakistan does not meet the legal criteria for designation. It is time we stop paying Pakistan for its betrayal and designate it for what it is: a State Sponsor of Terrorism.”

Source: http://poe.house.gov/2016/9/chairman-poe-introduces-the-pakistan-state-sponsor-of-terrorism-designation-act

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The next step in moving this proposal forward involves the consideration of this bill by The House Committee on Foreign Affairs

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The Committee makes an initial determination if the proposal should go forward in the legislature. Public comment is extremely important in this step of the Committee’s determination to move the proposal forward. 

That being the case, here is how you can help to make your voice heard at this stage of the process:
  1. Most Congressional Representatives respond only to emails from residents of their specific Congressional Districts.  Therefore, first please check to see if you are in the Congressional District of any of the members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.  Please check the members of the Committee here:  https://www.govtrack.us/congress/committees/HSFA  ** You may check to see who represents you in Congress at:  http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ **

    1. If you are a constituent in a District of any of the members of this Committee, you need to email your Congressional Representative to voice your support for the proposal and present information that tells him/her how you feel about the proposal.

      1. Go to https://www.govtrack.us/congress/committees/HSFA; click on your Represenative’s name; click on “Contact Him” or “Contact Her”; select “I am a constituent” and “I have an opinion I want to share” and follow through to Sign Up to email your Representative (after verification process — be sure to check your Spam Folder if you did not receive the verification in your Inbox).

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      2. In your address to your Congressional Representative, you will want to present information that tells him/her how you feel about the proposal.  Here are some tips to guide your address:

        State the bill name and number in the beginning, e.g., “I am writing to voice my support for H.R.6069, the Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act which will be under consideration in the House Foreign Affairs Committee.”

        Stay brief, respectful and on-point:  State your reasons for supporting the proposal, i.e., in your own words that you agree with Congressman Ted Poe that “Pakistan [is] an untrustworthy ally [of the United States and] there is more than enough evidence to determine whose side Pakistan is on in the War on Terror. And it’s not America’s.”  And that you support the bill’s objective to require ‘the Administration to formally answer this question [as to whether or not] Pakistan has provided support for international terrorism.”

        State briefly why this issue is personally important to you as a constituent.

 

  1. If you are not a constituent of any of the members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, you can still be involved in having your voice heard and following the progress of this proposal.  Here are some ways:

    1. React to the bill with a positive emoji at:  https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hr6069

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    2. https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hr6069/widget.js

      Sign up to “Track this bill” at:  https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hr6069

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    3. Visit the Facebook page of Congressman Ted Poe, the sponsor of the bill (https://www.facebook.com/JudgeTedPoe/)

      “like” the post on Designating Pakistan as a State Sponsor of Terrorism:  https://www.facebook.com/JudgeTedPoe/videos/vb.106631626049851/1168856236494046/?type=2&theater

       

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    4. and leave a brief and respectful comment on the page to indicate your support for this proposal.
    5. The international community can support this effort by making sure their contacts in the U.S. — family, friends, colleagues — are aware of this proposal and will contact their Representatives in Congress.