In Atlanta, dozens of activists who oppose a new police and fire training facility are being accused of domestic terrorism. That has alarmed civil liberties and human rights groups.
Each county's plan must include input from law enforcement, mental health and school professionals.
The bill creates offices at DOJ, DHS, and the FBI to track domestic terror threats. GOP lawmakers argue it could allow federal officials to ensnare parents, a charge DOJ rejects.
The announcement was made Tuesday by Matthew Olsen, the head of the department's National Security Division, and comes as the nation faces a constellation of extremist threats on the home front.
With all the talk about domestic terrorism, you might assume there's a law against it. There's not. The storming of the Capitol has again raised the question about whether one is needed.
The U.S. Capitol Police says it is aware of and preparing for a threat by an identified militia group to breach the Capitol complex on Thursday.
The bulletin did not cite any specific threat but said that the risk of violence will persist for weeks. It warned that some extremists may be "emboldened" by the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Some say it's the precise word to describe the actions of the pro-Trump extremists who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6. But others warn its use will do more harm than good.
Reading from U.S. regulations, Mayor Muriel Bowser describes terrorism as "the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government."
Domestic terrorism analysts say that the drawn-out vote count and fiery rhetoric from the White House are inflaming tensions.