WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, issued the following statement on the terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida.

“This weekend, as innocent young men and women were ending their Saturday night celebration, a radical Islamic gunman stormed Pulse night club in Orlando, murdering 49 people and injuring dozens of others. This radical Islamic terrorist pledged allegiance to ISIS during the horrific massacre. ISIS’s hatred knows few bounds: they hate Americans, Christians, Jews, other Muslims who don’t hold its radical beliefs, women, and the gay community. This terrorist attack was an attack on the gay community in Orlando, but it was also an attack on our nation – the worst attack on U.S. soil since September 11th.  A terrorist attack on one community is an attack on us all. This is a reminder to all of us that we are at war with an evil ideology that has already infiltrated our borders, that hates our nation and our people – as individuals and as groups -- and is determined to attack us wherever it can.  As Americans, we should ALL come together to stand united against those radical ideologies that seek to destroy our communities based on their own distorted faith. The Administration must eliminate this 21st Century enemy-without-borders and do everything it can to better protect our citizens. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims as they grieve and mourn.”