Bills to Shield the Homeland

The Homeland Security Committee continues its efforts to shield the homeland and protect Americans. Below is a list of bipartisan accomplishments that seek to prevent terrorist attacks on the homeland, secure our borders, protect against cyber attacks, ensure the Department of Homeland Security runs efficiently, and shield the homeland from international and domestic threats.

115th Congress

Passed by the House

H.R. 58, First Responder Identification of Emergency Needs in Disaster Situations (FRIENDS) Act, introduced by Rep. Jackson Lee (D-TX), passed the House on January 31, 2017 by voice vote.

H.R. 239, Support for Rapid Innovation Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX), passed the House on January 10, 2017 by voice vote.

H.R. 240, Leveraging Emerging Technologies Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX), passed the House on January 10, 2017 by voice vote.

H.R. 347, DHS Acquisition Documentation Integrity Act, introduced by Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), passed the House on January 31, 2017 by voice vote.

H.R. 366, DHS Stop Asset and Vehicle Excess (SAVE) Act, introduced by Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA), passed the House on January 31, 2017 by voice vote.

H.R. 437, Medical Preparedness Allowable Use Act, introduced by Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), passed the House on January 31, 2017 by voice vote.

H.R. 505, Border Security Technology Accountability Act, introduced by Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ), passed the House on January 31, 2017 by voice vote.

H.R. 526, Counterterrorism Advisory Board Act, introduced by Rep. John Katko (R-NY), passed the House on January 31, 2017 by voice vote.

H.R. 549, Transit Security Grant Program Flexibility Act, introduced by Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY), passed the House on January 31, 2017 by voice vote.

H.R. 584, Cyber Preparedness Act, introduced by Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY), passed the House on January 31, 2017 by voice vote.

H.R. 612, United States-Israel Cybersecurity Cooperation Enhancement Act, introduced by Rep. James Langevin (D-RI), passed the House on January 31, 2017 by voice vote.

H.R. 642, Fusion Center Enhancement Act, introduced by Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA), passed the House on January 31, 2017 by voice vote.

H.R. 655, Securing the Cities Act, introduced by Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY), passed the House on January 31, 2017 by voice vote.

H.R. 665, Airport Perimeter and Access Control Security Act, introduced by Rep. William Keating (D-MA), passed the House on January 31, 2017 by voice vote.

H.R. 666, Department of Homeland Security Insider Threat and Mitigation Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. Peter King (R-NY), passed the House on January 31, 2017 by voice vote.

H.R. 697, Department of Homeland Security Clearance Management and Administration Act, introduced by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), passed the House on January 31, 2017 by voice vote.

H.R. 1249, DHS Multiyear Acquisition Strategy Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), passed the House on March 20, 2017 by voice vote.

H.R. 1252, DHS Acquisition Authorities Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA), passed the House on March 20, 2017 by voice vote.

H.R. 1294, Reducing DHS Acquisition Cost Growth Act, introduced by Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL), passed the House on March 20, 2017 by voice vote.

H.R. 1297, Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Technical Corrections Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), passed the House on March 21, 2017 by voice vote.

H.R. 1309, TSA Administrator Modernization Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. John Katko (R-NY), passed the House on March 20, 2017 by voice vote.

H.R. 1353, Transparency in Technological Acquisitions Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY), passed the House on March 21, 2017 by voice vote.

114th Congress

The Homeland Security Committee has passed 89 bills through the House; 32 of those bills have become public law (P.L.).

Public Laws

H.R. 158, Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), passed the House on December 8, 2015 and was included in H.R. 2029, Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016; passed the Senate on December 18, 2015; signed into law on December 18, 2015 (P.L. 114-113).

H.R. 455, Northern Border Security Review Act, introduced by Rep. John Katko (R-NY), passed the House on October 28, 2015, by a voice vote, included in S. 1808, passed the Senate on December 14, 2016; signed into law on December 16, 2016 (P.L. 114-267).

H.R. 460, Human Trafficking Detection Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC), included in S.178, Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015, passed the Senate on April 22, 2015; passed the House on May 19, 2015; signed into law on May 29, 2015 (P.L. 114-22).

H.R. 615, DHS Interoperable Communications Act, introduced by Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ), passed the House on February 2, 2015; passed the Senate on June 11, 2015; signed into law on July 6, 2015 (P.L. 114-29).

H.R. 623, Social Media Working Group Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN), passed the House on February 2, 2015; passed the Senate on October 7, 2015; House passed the amended Senate version on October 28, 2015; signed into law on November 5, 2015 (P.L. 114-80).

H.R. 710, Essential Transportation Worker Identification Credential Assessment Act, introduced by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), passed the House on February 10, 2015; passed the Senate on December 10, 2016; signed into law on December 16, 2016 (P.L. 114-278).

H.R. 719, TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. John Katko (R-NY), included in H.R. 2029, Continuing Appropriations Act of 2016passed the House on February 10, 2015; passed the Senate on September 17, 2015; signed into law on October 2, 2015 (P.L. 114-53).

H.R. 720, Gerardo Hernandez Airport Security Act, introduced by Rep. John Katko (R-TX), passed the House on February 10, 2015; passed the Senate on September 16, 2015; signed into law on September 24, 2015 (P.L. 114-50).

H.R. 875, Cross-Border Trade Enhancement Act of 2016, introduced by Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), passed the House on December 6, 2016; passed the Senate on December 10, 2016; signed into law on December 16, 2016 (P.L. 114-279).

H.R. 878, United States Customs and Border Protection Authorization Act, introduced by Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), included in H.R. 644, Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, passed the House on February 12, 2015; passed the Senate on May 14, 2015; House agreed to the amended Senate version on June 12, 2015; signed into law on February 26, 2016 (P.L. 114-125).

H.R. 998, Preclearance Authorization Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA), included in H.R. 644, Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, passed the House on February 12, 2015; passed the Senate on May 14, 2015; House agreed to the amended Senate version on June 12, 2015; signed into law on February 26, 2016 (P.L. 114-125).

H.R. 1073, Critical Infrastructure Protection Act, introduced by Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), passed the House on November 16, 2015; Conference report agreed to in the Senate on 12/08/16; signed into law on 12/23/16 (P.L. 114-328).

H.R. 1300, First Responder Anthrax Preparedness Act, introduced by Rep. Peter King (R-NY), passed the House on July 29, 2015, by a vote of 424-0,  included in S. 1915, passed the Senate on December 14, 2016; signed into law December 16, 2016 (P.L. 114-268).

H.R. 1626, DHS IT Duplication Reduction Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), passed the House on June 23, 2015; passed the Senate on July 23, 2015; signed into law on August 6, 2015 (P.L. 114-113).

H.R. 1640, Department of Homeland Security Headquarters Consolidation Accountability Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC), approved by the House on June 23, 2015; and passed the Senate as part of S.1638; signed into law on April 29, 2016 (P.L. 114-150).

H.R. 1731, National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Michael McCaul, (R-TX), included in H.R. 2029, Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016; passed the Senate on December 18, 2015; signed into law on December 18, 2015 (P.L. 114-113).

H.R. 1738, Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Modernization Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), included in S. 1180, Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Modernization Act of 2015, passed the Senate on July 9, 2015; passed the House on March 21, 2016; signed into law on April 11, 2016 (P.L. 114-143).

H.R. 2835, Border Jobs for Veterans Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ), passed the House on September 28, 2015; passed the Senate on October 1, 2015; signed into law on October 16, 2015 (P.L. 114-68).

H.R. 2843, TSA PreCheck Expansion Act, introduced by Rep. John Katko (R-NY), passed the House on July 27, 2015; passed the Senate on July 14, 2016; signed into law on July 15, 2016 (P.L. 114-190).

H.R. 3305, EINSTEIN Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), included in H.R. 2029, Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016; passed the Senate on December 18, 2015; signed into law on December 18, 2015 (P.L. 114-113).

H.R. 3313, Cyber Defense of Federal Networks Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), included in H.R. 2029, Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016passed the House on December 18, 2015; passed the Senate on December 18, 2015; signed into law on December 18, 2015 (P.L. 114-113).

H.R. 3510, Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity Strategy Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), passed the House on October 6, 2015, by a voice vote; Conference report agreed to in the Senate on 12/08/16; signed into law on 12/23/16 (P.L. 114-328).

H.R. 3842, Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers Reform and Improvement Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Buddy Carter  (R-GA), passed the House on December 8, 2015, by a vote of 420 – 2; passed the Senate on December 10, 2016; signed into law on December 16, 2016 (P.L. 114-285).

H.R. 4402, Foreign Fighter Review Act of 2016, introduced by Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), passed the House on February 23, 2016, by a vote of 397-0; Conference report agreed to in the Senate on 12/08/16; signed into law on 12/23/16 (P.L. 114-328).

H.R. 4408, National Strategy to Combat Terrorist Travel Act of 2016, introduced by Rep. John Katko (R-NY), passed the House on February 23, 2016, by a vote of 392-0; Conference report agreed to in the Senate on 12/08/16; signed into law on 12/23/16 (P.L. 114-328).

H.R. 4509, State and High-Risk Urban Area Working Group Act, introduced by Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ), passed the House on April 13, 2016, by a voice vote; Conference report agreed to in the Senate on 12/08/16; signed into law on 12/23/16 (P.L. 114-328).

H.R. 4698, Securing Aviation from Foreign Entry Points and Guarding Airports Through Enhanced Security Act of 2016, introduced by Rep. John Katko (R-NY), passed the House on April 27, 2016; passed the Senate on July 14, 2016; signed into law on July 15, 2016 (P.L. 114-190).

H.R. 4780, Department of Homeland Security Strategy for International Programs Act, introduced by Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), passed the House on May 16, 2016, by a voice vote; Conference report agreed to in the Senate on 12/08/16; signed into law on 12/23/16 (P.L. 114-328).

H.R. 5064, Improving Small Business Cyber Security Act of 2016, introduced by Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY), passed the House on September 21, 2016, by a voice vote; Conference report agreed to in the Senate on 12/08/16; signed into law on 12/23/16 (P.L. 114-328).

H.R. 5065, Bottles and Breastfeeding Equipment Screening Act, introduced by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), passed the House on September 27, 2016, by a voice vote; passed the Senate on December 10, 2016; signed into law on December 16, 2016 (P.L. 114-293).

H.R. 5338, Checkpoint Optimization and Efficiency Act of 2016, introduced by Rep. John Katko (R-NY), passed the House on June 7, 2016; passed the Senate on July 14, 2016; signed into law on July 15, 2016 (P.L. 114-190).

H.R. 5877, United States-Israel Advanced Research Partnership Act of 2016, introduced by Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX), passed the House on November 29, 2016, by a voice vote; passed the Senate on December 10, 2016; signed into law on December 16, 2016 (P.L. 114-304).

Passed by the House

H.R. 361, Medical Preparedness Allowable Use Act, introduced by Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), passed the House on February 2, 2015, by a vote of 377-2.

H.R. 1615, DHS FOIA Efficiency Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA), passed the House on June 25, 2015, by a vote of 423-0.

H.R. 1633, DHS Paid Administrative Leave Accountability Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., passed the House on June 23, 2015, by a voice vote.

H.R. 1634, Border Security Technology Accountability Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ), passed the House on July 27, 2015, by a voice vote.

H.R. 1637, Federally Funded Research and Development Sunshine Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX), passed the House on June 23, 2015, by a voice vote.

H.R. 1646, Homeland Security Drone Assessment and Analysis Act, introduced by Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (R-NJ), passed the House on June 23, 2015, by a voice vote.

H.R. 1887, amend certain appropriation Acts to repeal the requirement directing the Administrator of General Services to sell Federal property and assets that support the operations of the Plum Island Animal Disease Center in Plum Island, New York, and for other purposes, introduced by Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), passed the House on May 16, 2016, by a voice vote.

H.R. 2127, Securing Expedited Screening Act, introduced by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), passed the House on July 27, 2015, by a voice vote.

H.R. 2200, CBRN Intelligence and Information Sharing Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ), passed the House on June 25, 2015, by a vote of 420-2.

H.R. 2206, SWIC Enhancement Act, introduced by Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ), passed the House on July 27, 2015, by a voice vote.

H.R. 2285, Prevent Trafficking in Cultural Property Act, introduced by Rep. William Keating (D-MA), passed the House on September 22, 2016, by a vote of 415-0.

H.R. 2390, Homeland Security University-Based Centers Review Act, introduced by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), passed the House on June 23, 2015, by a voice vote.

H.R. 2750, Improved Security Vetting for Aviation Workers Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. John Katko (R-NY), passed the House on July 27, 2015, by a voice vote.

H.R. 2770, Keeping our Travelers Safe and Secure Act, introduced by Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY), passed the House on July 27, 2015, by a vote of 380-0.

H.R. 2786, Cross-Border Rail Security Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX), passed the House on September 28, 2015, by a vote of 412-0.

H.R. 2795, FRIENDS Act, introduced by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), passed the House on December 10, 2015, by a vote of 396-12.

H.R. 3102, Airport Access Control Security Improvement Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. John Katko (R-NY), passed the House on October 6, 2015, by a voice vote.

H.R. 3144, Partners for Aviation Security Act, introduced by Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ), passed the House on November 16, 2015.

H.R. 3350, Know the CBRN Terrorism Threats to Transportation Act, introduced by Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY), passed the House on October 20, 2015, by a vote of 416-0.

H.R. 3361, Department of Homeland Security Insider Threat and Mitigation Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Peter King (R-NY), passed the House on November 2, 2015, by a voice vote.

H.R. 3490, Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act, introduced by Rep. Ratcliffe (R-TX), passed the House on November 30, 2015, by voice vote.

H.R. 3493, Securing the Cities Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY), passed the House on October 20, 2015, by a vote of 411-4.

H.R. 3503, Department of Homeland Security Support to Fusion Centers Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ), passed the House on November 2, 2015, by a voice vote.

H.R. 3505, Department of Homeland Security Clearance Management and Administration Act, introduced by Rep. Bennie Thompson(D-MS), passed the House on November 2, 2015, by a voice vote.

H.R. 3586, Border and Maritime Coordination Improvement Act, introduced by Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), passed the House on April 13, 2016, by a voice vote.

H.R. 3572, DHS Headquarters Reform and Improvement Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), passed the House on October 20, 2015, by a voice vote.

H.R. 3578, DHS Science and Technology Reform and Improvement Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX), passed the House on December 10, 2015, by a vote of 416-0.

H.R. 3583, PREPARE Act, introduced by Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ), passed the House on April 27, 2016, by a voice vote.

H.R. 3584, Transportation Security Administration Reform and Improvement Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. John Katko (R-NY), passed the House on February 23, 2016 by voice vote.

H.R. 3598, Fusion Center Enhancement Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA), passed the House on November 2, 2015, by a voice vote.

H.R. 3859, HSA Technical Corrections Act, introduced by Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA), passed the House on December 8, 2015, by a voice vote.

H.R. 3869, State and Local Cyber Protection Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), passed the House on December 10, 2015, by a voice vote.

H.R. 3875, Department of Homeland Security CBRNE Defense Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), passed the House on December 10, 2015, by a voice vote.

H.R. 3878, Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Coordination in our Ports Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA), passed the House on December 16, 2015, by a voice vote.

H.R. 4038, American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), passed the House by a recorded vote of 289-137 on November 19, 2015 and was reported favorably to the Senate.

H.R. 4239, Tracking Foreign Fighters in Terrorist Safe Havens Act,  introduced by Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), passed the House by a vote of 423-0 on December 16, 2015 and was reported favorably to the Senate.

H.R. 4314, Counterterrorism Screening and Assistance Act of 2016, introduced by Rep. Lee Zeldin’s (R-NY) and Rep. John Katko (R-NY), co-authored by the House Homeland Security Committee, passed the Foreign Affairs Committee and passed the House on March 21, 2016, by a vote of 371-2.

H.R. 4398, DHS Acquisition Documentation Integrity Act of 2016, introduced by Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), passed the House on February 23, 2016, by a voice vote.

H.R. 4401, Amplifying Local Efforts to Root Out Terror Act of 2016, introduced by Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), passed the House on February 29, 2016, by a voice vote.

H.R. 4403, Enhancing Overseas Traveler Vetting Act, introduced by Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), passed the House on April 13, 2016, by a voice vote.

H.R. 4404, Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel Exercise Act of 2016, introduced by Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ), passed the House on July 11, 2016, by a voice vote.

H.R. 4407, Counterterrorism Advisory Board Act of 2016, introduced by Rep. John Katko (R-NY), passed the House on May 16, 2016, by a vote of 389-5.

H.R. 4482, Southwest Border Security Threat Assessment Act of 2016, introduced by Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ), approved by the House on April 13, 2016, by a voice vote.

H.R. 4549, Treating Small Airports with Fairness Act of 2016, introduced by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), passed the House on April 13, 2016, by a voice vote.

H.R. 4743, National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium Act of 2016, introduced by Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX), passed the House on May 16, 2016, by a voice vote.

H.R. 4785, DHS Stop Asset and Vehicle Excess Act of 2016, introduced by Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA), passed the House on July 11, 2016, by a voice vote.

H.R. 4820, Combating Terrorist Recruitment Act, introduced by Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), passed the House on April 26, 2016, by a vote of 322 – 79.

H.R. 5056, Airport Perimeter and Access Control Security Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. William Keating (D-MA), passed the House on July 11, 2016, by a voice vote.

H.R. 5346, Securing our Agriculture and Food Act, introduced by Rep. David Young (R-IA), passed the House on September 26, 2016, by a voice vote.

H.R. 5385, Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Technical Correction Act of 2016, introduced by Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), passed the House on July 11, 2016, by a voice vote.

H.R. 5388, Support for Rapid Innovation Act of 2016, introduced by Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX), passed the House on June 21, 2016, by a vote of 351-4.

H.R. 5389, Leveraging Emerging Technologies Act of 2016, introduced by Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX), passed the House on June 21, 2016, by a vote of 347-8.

H.R. 5391, Gains in Global Nuclear Detection Architecture Act, introduced by Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), passed the House on September 27, 2016, by a voice vote.

H.R. 5459,  Cyber Preparedness Act of 2016, introduced by Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY), passed the House on September 26, 2016, by a voice vote.

H.R. 5460, First Responder Access to Innovative Technologies Act, introduced by Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ), passed the House on September 26, 2016, by a voice vote.

H.R. 5471, Countering Terrorist Radicalization Act, introduced by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), passed the House on June 16, 2016, by a vote of 402-15.

H.R. 5843, United States-Israel Cybersecurity Cooperation Enhancement Act of 2016, introduced by Rep. James Langevin (D-RI), passed the House on November 29, 2016, by a voice vote.

H.R. 5859, Community Counterterrorism Preparedness Act, introduced by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), passed the House on September 21, 2016, by a vote of 395-30.

H.R. 5943, Transit Security Grant Program Flexibility Act, introduced by Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY), passed the House on September 26, 2016, by a voice vote.