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.

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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.