House Passes Five Homeland Security Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the House unanimously passed five Homeland Security Committee bills to better safeguard our nation by voice vote. This brings the total number of bills the Committee has passed on the House floor this Congress to 63.

Chairman McCaul: “The Committee continues to work on legislation to increase the safety of the American people by passing bipartisan legislation that closes security gaps before they can be exploited to target our people at home. The bills passed today include measures to enhance security in our aviation sector and southern border, as well as a bill from the Foreign Fighter Task Force that closes security gaps overseas.

“Thanks to Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ), Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) and Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ) for their hard work in getting these important bills to the House floor.”

Legislation passed today includes:

  • H.R. 4482, the Southwest Border Security Threat Assessment Act of 2016, introduced by Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ), requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to prepare a southwest border threat analysis, which addresses the terrorist and criminal threats that exist along the southwest border.
  • H.R. 3586, the Border and Maritime Coordination Improvement Act, introduced by Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), improves border and maritime security coordination in the Department of Homeland Security.
  • H.R. 4403, the Enhancing Overseas Traveler Vetting Act, introduced by Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State to develop open-source watchlisting and screening technology that can be provided to foreign governments to help detect and disrupt terrorist travel. The legislation would close a serious overseas security gap by making sure we are able to help our allies get the tools needed to stop jihadists from crossing borders undetected. The bill fulfills a recommendation from the Committee’s bipartisan Task Force on Combating Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel.
  • H.R. 4549, the Treating Small Airports with Fairness Act of 2016, introduced by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), requires the Transportation Security Administration to conduct security screening at certain airports.
  • H.R. 4509, the State and High-Risk Urban Area Working Group Act, introduced by Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ), expands the list of stakeholders for state planning committees or urban area working groups required for any state or high-risk urban area receiving a grant under the State Homeland Security Grant Program or the Urban Area Security Initiative.