Press Release

12.02.14

House Passes Legislation to Improve Homeland Security; Bills Strengthen Nuclear Security, Critical Infrastructure Protection, DHS Grant Programs

Media Contact: Lauren Claffey; April Ward (202) 226-8477

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 5629, H.R. 3410 and H.R. 3438 – legislation to strengthen the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, secure critical infrastructure against the threat of electromagnetic pulses and authorize the use of DHS grants to collaborate with national laboratories.

Specifically, the House passed H.R. 5629, the Strengthening Domestic Nuclear Security Act, to strengthen the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office. The legislation, introduced by Subcommittee Chairman Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., and co-sponsored by Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, passed the House by a vote of 374-11.

Subcommittee Chairman Meehan: "With the rise of terrorist threats across the globe and their increasing sophistication, the mission of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) is vital in protecting the United States from a radiological or nuclear attack. This legislation strengthens the relationship with federal, state and local entities who are on the front lines of defense, providing them with the detection technology and resources needed."

Chairman McCaul: “DNDO carries out a vital mission in the protection of the United States from nuclear and radiological threats. This legislation will increase the office’s ability to work with federal, state and local entities to provide nuclear and radiological detection resources. I thank Chairman Meehan for his leadership on this important issue.”

In addition, the House passed:

H.R. 3410, the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act, introduced by Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., to secure critical infrastructure against electromagnetic pulses. The bill passed the House by voice vote.

H.R. 3438, the National Laboratories Mean National Security Act, introduced by Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., to authorize use of grants under the Urban Area Security Initiative and the State Homeland Security Grant Program to work in conjunction with a Department of Energy national laboratory. The bill passed the House by a vote of 386-0.

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