Press Releases

Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) released the following statement in the wake of the Brussels attacks and after voting last night to pass the Counterterrorism Screening and Assistance Act:

“I am so sad for Brussels today, and am thinking about the victims of these shocking and brutal attacks, as well as their families, first responders and law enforcement officers who are still responding.

“There is a clear threat posed to Europe and the United States by fighters traveling to ISIS-controlled territory and then returning home. While it does not appear at this time that these suspects were American or had crossed our borders, the top priority of Congress must be to prevent similar attacks from occurring in the United States.

“I have introduced legislation that would require the State Department to revoke passports from any individuals that are affiliated with terrorist groups. Late last year, I helped pass a measure that requires any European who has traveled to countries that sponsor terrorism to undergo an extensive visa screening process. And last night, I helped advance a bill to enhance efforts at the State Department to block the travel of foreign fighters and terrorists. This bill will also share our methods with allies to ensure that they have the tools to identify potential terrorists who are entering their borders and keep them from moving freely.

“I urge the Senate to take up this measure immediately and advance it to the President for his signature.

“We should never forget our values or vilify those fleeing violence and oppression, and must continue to thoroughly vet those who seek refuge in America. With a smart, targeted approach, we can keep Americans safe at home and defeat our enemies without compromising the principles that make America great and free."