Speaker Nancy Pelosi

U.S. House of Representatives

Pelosi Remarks at Bill Enrollment Ceremony for the Securing American Nonprofit Organizations Against Terrorism Act

January 9, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined Members of Congress for a bill enrollment ceremony for H.R. 2476, the Securing American Nonprofit Organizations Against Terrorism Act of 2019, which secures urgently needed funds for non-profit security grants to protect vulnerable houses of worship and community centers.  Below are the Speaker’s remarks:

Speaker Pelosi.  Good afternoon, everyone.  I am very honored to be here with the Chair of the – the distinguished Chair of the Homeland Security Committee, Bennie Thompson of Mississippi.  Here with two of his members, Mr. Payne of New Jersey and – oh, New Jersey also, Mr. Pascrell.  Thank you for joining us.

This is an issue of concern to so many Members of the House and I thank you for representing them here today. 

It’s called the Securing American Nonprofit Organizations Against Terrorism Act and this legislation allocates $90 million to protect our places of worship, which have been under attack recently, as you know.  There is no place in our country for that kind of activity. 

I just want to say, that our Chairman, Mr. Thompson, he has been on this case for a long time.  And in the Minority, he kept calling for hearings and calling for action on, what could be described in some cases, as domestic terrorism, and that’s what it feels like when you are the victim of this, of these actions.  So, I thank you for your leadership again and again, over time.  And I congratulate you on the passage of this legislation, which we will now send over to the Senate to be signed and then to the White House to be signed.

So, this is a cause for celebration.  It will make a difference.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  Thank you, Mr. Payne.  Thank you, Mr. Pascrell. 

So, with that, I will take the chair here and sign the legislation with the idea that whether it is anti-Semitism, hate or challenges to any people of faith in the conscience of our country, this legislation will be a – afforded some protection. 

So, with this of course, I have to sign with a few different pens.

[Laughter]

I know that Congressman Engel and Congresswoman Lowey send their regards because their district was just recently affected, just like on the border between their two districts.

So, may I?

Mr. Chairman.

Chairman Thompson.  Thank you.

Speaker Pelosi.  Mr. Payne.

Congressman Payne.  Thank you so much.

Speaker Pelosi.  Mr. Pascrell.

Congressman Pascrell.  Thank you, Madam Speaker.

Speaker Pelosi.  Thank you.  Take this for me, please.

Thank you all very much.  Thank you.

Staff.  Thank you.

Speaker Pelosi.  Mr. Thompson, did you want to say something?

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Speaker Pelosi.  Well, thank you and again, Mr. Chairman, thank you for your long-term leadership on this subject and this coming to fruition in one way with this legislation today being signed, enrolled to be signed into law.  Thank you, Mr. Pascrell, for your ongoing leadership with domestic safety, and to Mr. Payne, I thank you and also as you were speaking was reminded of your wonderful father who fought against anti-Semitism, in favor of just inclusion, belonging and diversity in our society.

Thank you all very much.  He’s gonna take my pen here.