U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R, says he is taking a leadership role in the fight against ISIS with his proposed Combating Terrorist Recruitment Act of 2016. Fleischmann represents Monroe and 10 other counties in the 3rd Congressional District for the U.S. House of Representatives.

The congressman said his proposed bill, H.R. 4820, would require the Department of Homeland Security Secretary to use former violent extremists or their associates in order to counter terrorist recruitment. Fleischmann believes finding former terror group members who are willing to speak against groups like ISIS can combat terror growth.

“It is my belief that this legislation will help prevent future attacks and protect individuals both at home and abroad,” Fleischmann said.

In a telephone interview from Washington D.C.  with The Advocate & Democrat, Fleischmann said his bill is gathering support. The bill comes just after the terror attack in Belgium late last month.

“I was so saddened by the magnitude of the attack,” the congressman said.

When talks to constituents, Fleischmann said terror attacks are often their main topic.

“They are concerned,” he said.

Though he has been pushing hard for anti-terrorism measures, Fleischmann said he also remains focused on the economy. He said one of his key goals for his district is more workforce development to make sure employers can find people with the skills they need.

“Employers have jobs and they can’t fill them,” he said.

According to the latest unemployment figures from the state, Monroe County’s jobless rate is 5.2 percent, McMinn County is at 5 percent while Loudon County’s unemployment rate is 4.4 percent and Polk County’s rate is 5.3.

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