02.23.16

Key Homeland Security Bills Pass House Floor

Katko, Hurd Bills Close Vulnerabilities in U.S. Homeland Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed three key Homeland Security Committee bills. Rep. John Katko (R-NY) introduced two bills, H.R. 3584, the Transportation Security Administration Reform and Improvement Act of 2015, which unanimously passed the House by voice vote, and H.R. 4408, the National Strategy to Combat Terrorist Travel Act of 2016, which passed the House with an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 392-0. Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) introduced H.R. 4402, the Foreign Fighter Review Act of 2016, which passed the House with an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 397-0. Both H.R. 4408 and H.R. 4402 implement important recommendations from the bipartisan Task Force on Combating Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel.

“Our nation is in the highest threat environment since 9/11, and we cannot sit on our hands while terrorists plot against us,” said Chairman Michael McCaul. “Today the House acted to advance several important national security bills, including two aimed at preventing Islamist terrorists from infiltrating our country undetected and from recruiting Americans.

“I commend Representatives Katko and Hurd for their hard work on this legislation and leadership in implementing the recommendations of the bipartisan Task Force on Combating Terrorists and Foreign Fighter Travel,” Chairman McCaul continued. “The bills passed today also include measures to enhance security in our aviation sector, which continues to be targeted by violent extremists. I urge the Senate to vote quickly to send these bills to the President’s desk so that we can close security gaps before they are further exploited by terrorists.”

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