House Passage of Four Critical Homeland Security Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House today passed four critical bills to better secure and protect the homeland. The bills passed prevent foreign fighter travel to the U.S., improve airport security measures, and improve internal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) practices and reviews.

Chairman McCaul: “We face an unprecedented pace of terror worldwide. To fully understand and defend against the growing threat, the United States must learn from our past actions, defend against current plots, and actively protect potential future vulnerabilities. The bills passed by the House today do just that. These bills bolster security at airport entry points, preemptively defend against evildoers attempting to travel to our homeland, and improve DHS’s internal operations to constantly find ways to improve safety and efficiency. I commend the work of my Committee for introducing these pieces of legislation which will better secure and protect our homeland against the constantly evolving worldwide threats.”

The bills passed today by voice vote include:

  • H.R. 4404, the Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel Exercise Act of 2016, introduced by Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ), requires DHS to develop and conduct exercises to evaluate national preparedness against foreign fighter and terrorist travel to the United States and to protect against potential vulnerabilities in national defenses.
  • H.R. 4785, the DHS Stop Asset and Vehicle Excess Act of 2016, introduced by Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA), directs the Under Secretary for Management of the Department of Homeland Security to make certain improvements in managing the Department’s vehicle fleet.
  • H.R. 5056, the Airport Perimeter and Access Control Security Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. William Keating (D-MA), requires the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to update risk assessments at airports—specifically along airport perimeters and points of access to secure areas—and report to Congress strategic plans to increase security measures.
  • H.R. 5385, the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Technical Correction Act of 2016, introduced by Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), improves the quality and timeliness of the review that DHS carries out by including more stakeholder engagement, conducting a regular risk assessment, and maintaining all documents regarding the Quadrennial Review.