Press Release


Committee to Markup Ten Bills on Border, Transportation & Infrastructure — TOMORROW

Media Contact: Susan Phalen (202) 226-8477

** The markup will be streamed live here **

Thursday, June 25 at 10:00 a.m. ET


Committee on Homeland Security

Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, Chairman

311 Cannon House Office Building

This markup will address a series of ten national security bills. These bills aim at improving security for air travel, pushing out our borders, strengthening the Visa Waiver Program, and protecting our critical infrastructure.

Border Bills:

·         H.R. 158, the Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., clarifies procedure of banning individuals who are security risks from traveling to the United States, expands the Visa Waiver Program, and strengthens the Electronic System for Travel Authorization in order to improve the United States defense against terrorist and instruments of terror from entering the United States.

·         H.R. 455, the Northern Border Security Review Act, introduced by Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to conduct a northern border threat analysis.

·         H.R. 998, the Preclearance Authorization Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., creates conditions for the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish preclearance facilities, conduct preclearance operations, and provide customs services outside the United States.

·         H.R. 1634, the Border Security Technology Accountability Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., strengthens the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) accountability for the distribution of security technology along the border.

·         H.R. 2786, the Cross-Border Rail Security Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Texas, requires the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to submit a report on cross-border rail security.

Transportation Bills:

·         H.R. 2127, the Securing Expedited Screening Act, introduced by Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., directs the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to limit access to TSA PreCheck screening to individuals who are enrolled in the PreCheck program, as well as those who have been identified as low-risk passengers.

·         H.R. 2750, the Improved Security Vetting for Aviation Workers Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., enhances TSA ability to collect adequate data on aviation workers in order to close gaps the vetting process.

·         H.R. 2770, the Keeping our Travelers Safe and Secure Act, introduced by Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y, requires TSA to develop better maintenance programs and improve contract oversight of screening equipment at airports.

·         H.R. 2843, the TSA PreCheck Expansion Act, introduced by Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., directs TSA to expand and promote enrollment in the PreCheck program by partnering with the private sector.

Other Bill:

·         H.R. 1073, the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act, introduced by Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., secures critical infrastructure against electromagnetic threats.