Two House Democrats have introduced a measure directing the federal government to craft a national strategy to protect girls from female genital mutilation.

The bill offered by Democratic Reps. Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleyThe Democrats' generational battle Ocasio-Cortez apologizes for blocking ex-politician on Twitter, settles lawsuit Ocasio-Cortez on public life: 'Sometimes I just want to be a human being' MORE (N.Y.) and Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeConsequential GOP class of 1994 all but disappears Video of Greta Thunberg crossing paths with Trump at UN goes viral Lewandowski: House testimony shows I'd be 'a fighter' in the Senate MORE (Texas) addresses the issue of female gentile mutilation (FGM) in the United States, not just abroad.


The two lawmakers said their proposal would help start a policy discussion about how to prevent the practice, which is illegal in the U.S.

"FGM isn’t an issue that only affects the far corners of the globe - it is a terrifying practice being faced by girls right here on our own soil," Crowley said in a statement. "This is a serious issue that deserves a serious effort, and a national strategy is the next step in helping to bring an end to FGM once and for all."

The measure would require the federal government to conduct a national study collecting data on the frequency of FGM in the U.S. It would further direct the government to create a strategy spanning across multiple agencies, such as an emergency hotline and a public awareness campaign.

"In order to improve efforts to protect these little girls, we must know the facts about FGM in the United States," Jackson Lee said.