Press Release


House Passes Six Committee Bills to Protect the Homeland

Bills Improve Information Sharing, Access to Technology, Transit Security Funding and Training, and Department Efficiency

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed six bills to improve various Department of Homeland Security (DHS) efforts to keep us safe. These bipartisan bills seek to provide flexibility in the grant funds, ensure first responder access to new and emerging technologies, improve information sharing between DHS and state and major urban area fusion centers, and better coordinate DHS’ efforts related to the security of agriculture products.

Chairman McCaul: “I commend the work of my Committee on the passage of these important pieces of legislation which seek to provide necessary tools and flexibility to state and local first responders while improving DHS’ coordination and information sharing efforts. It is imperative that we support those working in defense of our nation and these bills do just that.”

Bills passed by the House today include:

  • H.R. 5943, Transit Security Grant Program Flexibility Act, introduced by Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY), clarifies allowable uses of funds for transportation security grants and establishes periods of performance for such grants.
  • H.R. 5459, Cyber Preparedness Act of 2016, introduced by Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY), enhances preparedness and response capabilities for cyber attacks and bolsters the dissemination of homeland security information related to cyber threats.
  • H.R. 5460, First Responder Access to Innovative Technologies Act, introduced by Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ), establishes a process to review applications for certain grants to purchase equipment or systems that do not meet or exceed any applicable national voluntary consensus standards.
  • H.R. 5346, Securing our Agriculture and Food Act, introduced by Rep. David Young (R-IA), makes the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Health Affairs responsible for coordinating the efforts of the Department of Homeland Security related to food, agriculture, and veterinary defense against terrorism.
  • H.R. 5391, Gains in Global Nuclear Detection Architecture Act, introduced by Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to enhance certain duties of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office.
  • H.R. 5065, Bottles and Breastfeeding Equipment Act, introduced by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to notify air carriers and security screening personnel of the Transportation Security Administration of such Administration’s guidelines regarding permitting baby formula, breast milk, and juice on airplanes.

The six bipartisan bills all passed the House by voice vote.