WASHINGTON – Senator Scott Brown this afternoon renewed his call for Congress to pass a bill that would allow the United States to strip Americans of citizenship if the government determines that an individual supported or joined a terrorist group.
The bill, which Brown co-sponsored last month, quickly attracted considerable national controversy, with some deeming the bill unconstitutional.
Brown co-sponsored the bill with Senator Joseph Lieberman in the wake of the arrest of US citizen Faisal Shahzad in his role in the failed Times Square bombing. Brown renewed his call a day after Shahzad pleaded guilty in that plot.
“These recent events are a reminder that terrorists, both at home and abroad, are turning American streets and airports into battlefields as they plot their terror attacks,” Brown said this afternoon in a statement. “As elected officials, our single-most important job is taking every step possible to stop these attacks from happening and giving our law enforcement officials all the tools necessary to ensure our homeland security.”
Since the bill was filed on May 6, Brown and Lieberman have attracted only one other senate supporter, Senator Mike Johanns of Nebraska.
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