Bipartisan legislation, introduced by Congressman Brian Higgins and Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03), which provides for the investigation of Hezbollah’s activities in North America has been approved by both Houses of Congress and now moves to the President’s desk for his signature.
“We’ve learned since 9/11 that we must remain vigilant about not only threats to our nation from outside but threats present and assimilated within the fabric of our communities seeking to do harm to America and Americans," said Higgins, a member of the House Committees on Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs.
The bill, HR3783, the Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act, requires the U.S. Department of State to assess Iran’s presence in the Western Hemisphere and develop a long-term strategic plan to confront the threat.
Congressman Higgins has repeatedly expressed his concerns about the presence of Hezbollah in the Western Hemisphere, and particularly in the Western New York region. In July, Higgins along with Subcommittee Chairman Pat Meehan (PA-07) convened a field hearing of the House Committee on Homeland Security in Buffalo to discuss northern border security issues. Experts have identified an active Hezbollah membership in 14 North American cities, including Toronto – just 90 miles from Western New York.
Higgins’ bill was approved by the House in September, amended and passed in the Senate last week and returned to the House for final approval today. The bill which was introduced in January has 87 bipartisan cosponsors.