Cook Votes to Revoke Terrorist Passports
On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on HR 237, the Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) Passport Revocation Act. This bill would authorize the State Department to revoke or deny passports and passport cards to individuals affiliated with foreign terrorist organizations. Congressman Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) was a cosponsor of the bill and voted for its passage.
Cook said in a statement, “ISIS has gained unprecedented ground in Iraq and Syria. Unfortunately, over 100 US citizens are fighting with ISIS in the Middle East. They’ve voluntarily signed up with a terrorist army dedicated to destroying the United States. American citizens fighting for ISIS in Syria and Iraq are a huge threat to the United States and they must not be permitted to return to the US undetected.”
A member of the House Natural Resources, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Heart.