Fitzgerald Co-Introduces Bill to End Terrorist Funding from Illicit Mining, Mineral Trafficking
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Scott Fitzgerald (WI-05), along with Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-50) and Congresswoman Maria Salazar (FL-27), introduced legislation to combat terrorist organizations and rogue regimes by disrupting illicit gold mining and trafficking of precious metals that frequently fund these groups.
“To defeat terrorist groups, we have to target them from all directions, and that must include their funding,” said Rep. Issa. “Illicit gold mining and illegal mineral trafficking are increasingly giving organizations and cartels unprecedented financial capability, and this legislation is vital to crippling their revenue streams and ultimately shutting them down.”
“Illegal gold mining has become a scourge throughout Latin America, funding armed criminal groups in Colombia and Peru, propping up dictatorial regimes in Venezuela, and leaving environmental devastation in its wake,” said Rep. Salazar. “It’s time for the United States to combat this problem and treat it with the seriousness it does other international criminal activities.”
The full text of the bill can be found HERE.