Washington, D.C. ñI was pleased to learn that the Administration took a significant step forward in fighting terrorists and announced that the U.S. will designate the Haqqani network, one of the most violent terrorist operations, as an official Foreign Terrorist Organization, as my bill, H.R. 3073, would have required it to do.

It has been nearly a year since the Haqqani network attacked a United States military base in Afghanistan, injuring 77 United States troops and killing 5 Afghans. And, after two years of debate over whether this action would offend Pakistan, we have finally called it like it is. This designation sends an important public message to Pakistan that cooperation with terrorists will not be tolerated and that the full force of the U.S. is against the Haqqani network. Itís about time.