Keating Joins Colleagues in Filing Global Violence and Stabilization Bill

William Richard Keating

WASHINGTON – Congressman Bill Keating has joined with a bipartisan group of House members to introduce a bill aimed at addressing violence and security in unstable nations.

The Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act would require additional coordination between the U.S. Departments of State and Defense with the United States Agency for International Development. Supporters of the bill argue that would develop a global effort to try and prevent the root causes of instability and violence around the world.

Proponents say they’re trying to address conditions that allow for safe havens for criminal networks, war lords, and terrorists.

“Instability breeds insecurity, and the more instability there is in the world, the longer we will continue to see extremism take hold in communities,” Keating said. “Based on everything we’ve learned over the decades we’ve been combatting terrorism, assisting countries struggling with instability is our greatest opportunity to eliminate the threat of violence.

“This bill is a critical first step in building a strategy to tackle this challenge more effectively through long-term investments to strengthen and secure communities, helping countries become more resilient to extremism,” Keating added.

The Bourne Congressman serves as the top Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade and is the Co-Chbair of the Congressional Counterterrorism Caucus.

Keating was joined by five colleagues in filing the bill, two Democrats and three Republicans.

The six representatives say violence has resulted in 66 million people worldwide becoming forcibly displaced.

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