Today, Rep. Jim Renacci voted to reaffirm the U.S. military's authority to try foreign terrorists, such as 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, in military tribunals and to deny them access to U.S. civilian courts. In what would have been a crippling blow to our national security and an open invitation to terror groups like Al Qaeda to come to our shores, Betty Sutton voted to require that foreign terrorists be granted access to U.S. civilian courts.
"Since the devastating 9/11 attacks on our soil that left thousands of Americans dead and thousands more without their mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers, the men and women serving in our military and intelligence communities have worked tirelessly to keep our nation safe by keeping terrorists out of our communities and off our shores. I am proud to stand with those brave men and women by ensuring they continue to have the tools they need to keep our country safe and strong. While Betty Sutton has been exporting jobs from our economy with votes for job crushing regulations on small businesses and higher taxes on our workers, her vote today to import terrorists to our communities and courthouses was a slap in the face to our military and an unconscionable step backward in the fight against terrorism," Renacci said.
In addition to voting against the amendment to grant foreign terrorists the same rights as American citizens, Renacci voted for the amendment offered by Rep. Louis Gohmert, who previously served as a District Court Judge in Texas, reaffirmed that unlike foreign terrorists, all U.S. citizens retain their habeas corpus rights and access to our civilian courts, as provided for in the Constitution.