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Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Statement on Arrest of Houston Man Planning Attack Against Jews

Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) released the following statement after Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray revealed in a Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee hearing that the FBI recently arrested a Houston man who had researched methods and expressed support for killing Jews in the Houston community.  

“I am deeply concerned by reports of a possible terrorist plot to attack the Jewish community in Houston.  As antisemitic threats against Jews in the United States have reached historic levels in recent weeks, it is critical that we ensure the safety of Jewish families in Texas’ Seventh Congressional District and across our country.  I am grateful and relieved that the FBI acted swiftly to thwart any planned attack, and I am requesting an immediate briefing from the FBI to discuss efforts to keep our community’s Jewish families safe." 

Congresswoman Fletcher is a member of the House Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism.  

In February, Congresswoman Fletcher led a bipartisan effort to protect counterterrorism funding for Harris County.  In the last Congress, she voted for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program Improvement Act of 2022, H.R. 6825, to increase the amount authorized for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program to $500 million annually through Fiscal Year 2028.  The Nonprofit Security Grant Program provides funding for security enhancements at nonprofit organizations like community centers and places of worship.  The bill also directs the Federal Emergency Management Agency to establish an office to administer the program and to provide greater outreach, education, and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, religious schools, and houses of worship. 

To read Director Wray’s opening remarks, click here.