Almost 17 years ago, our homeland, our freedoms, and all the values we hold dear to our hearts came under attack by terrorists fueled by a hatred for everything that we stand for as a nation. Sadly, in the past year, attacks in Florida and around the country have continue to show why we need to support stronger domestic anti-terrorism initiatives and bolster our nation’s national security efforts.
Among my top priorities in Congress are keeping our community safe, healthy and strong. Critical to this goal is supporting programs that provide law enforcement with every possibly tool necessary to protect the American people. This week we passed 11 bills to help thwart potential terrorists and dangerous criminals, as well as strengthen information sharing amongst our intelligence community and combat cyberattacks from our adversaries.
Read a full lists of the bills here:
- H.R. 6400– United States Ports of Entry Threat And Operational Review Act– requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to conduct a threat and operational analysis of ports of the country’s air, land and sea ports of entry.
- H.R. 6430– Securing the Homeland Security Supply Chain Act of 2018– authorizes the Department of Homeland Security to bar information technology contractors that pose a supply chain risk from receiving contracts.
- H.R. 6438– DHS Countering Unmanned Aircraft Systems Coordinator Act– establishes an Unmanned Aircraft Systems Coordinator at the Homeland Security Department to organize the department’s policy for countering drone threats.
- H.R. 6439– Biometric Identification Transnational Migration Alert Program Authorization Act of 2018– establishes the Biometric Identification Transnational Migration Alert Program, which allows partner-country law enforcement officers to collect and share biometric and biographic data on special interest individuals, to identify potential threat actors who utilize illicit pathways to enter the US.
- H.R. 6374– Fitness Information Transparency Act of 2018– requires the Department of Homeland Security to streamline standards used to vet Federal contractor employees.
- H.R. 6265– PreCheck is PreCheck Act of 2018– confines the TSA PreCheck screening lanes to only travelers who are members of a trusted traveler program and have undergone the necessary background and security checks.
- H.R. 6443– Advancing Cybersecurity Diagnostics and Mitigation Act– authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish a continuous diagnostics and mitigation program at the Department of Homeland Security, to collect and analyze cybersecurity risk information.
- H.R. 6447– Department of Homeland Security Chief Data Officer Authorization Act– establishes the position of Chief Data Officer of the Department of Homeland Security to coordinate and integrate the department’s various data systems and ensure DHS is using best practices.
- H.R. 5869– Maritime Border Security Review Act– requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to conduct a maritime border threat analysis to describe terrorist and criminal threats posed by individuals and groups seeking to enter the US through the maritime border.
- H.R. 6459– TSA Opportunities to Pursue Expanded Networks for Business Act– requires the Transportation Security Administration to create a strategy to diversify its acquisition of screening technology
- H.R. 6461– TSA National Deployment Force Act– establishes a National Deployment Office in the Transportation Security Administration to coordinate TSA’s National Deployment Force rapid response team.