As we prepare for another election season in just over a year, US Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) is now adding to her bipartisan record by working on the No Clearance for Domestic Terrorists Act alongside US Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY).
"Americans who participate in domestic terrorism shouldn't receive a security clearance. Proud to co-lead the No Clearance for Domestic Terrorists Act with Rep. Jason Crow and Rep Liz Cheney. A clearance is a privilege — one that supporters of domestic terrorism don’t deserve," tweeted Rep.Murphy.
The lawmakers’ No Clearance For Domestic Terrorists Act will:
- Direct Security Executive Agent to ensure the National Security Adjudicative Guidelines include whether an individual has been involved in, supported, trained to commit, or advocated domestic or international terrorism.
- Ensure that investigations, polygraphs, and adjudications include screening an individual for possible involvement with domestic terrorism.
- Require the Questionnaire for Public Trust Positions (Standard Form 85P) and the Questionnaire for National Security Positions (Standard Form 86) to elicit information regarding whether the individual submitting the form has been involved in domestic terrorism.
Rep. Cheney also commented on the bill, “I’m proud to advance this legislation with Congresswoman Murphy and Congresswoman Cheney; this is an important matter of national security that will help make the American people safer and more secure.”
For many Republicans, however, this is not bipartisan legislation at all, but a measure aimed at Americans these lawmakers believe could be sympathetic to former President Donald Trump. With Cheney's push back against former President Trump (R), the party has largely condemned her. Nevertheless, the bill looks good for Murphy who is a self-proclaimed, "Blue Dog Democrat" and appears poised to face a highly contested re-election bid.
A group of Republicans, including State Rep. Anthony Sabatini (R-32). combat veteran, Cory Mills (R-FL), Erika Benfield, Joseph Cavagna, former Navy Seal Brady Duke, and Jeremy Liggett, have already announced their congressional candidacies.