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CRAMER: House Passes Homeland Security, Counterterrorism Bills

Feb 3, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman Kevin Cramer supported several bills passed by the House of Representatives this week to strengthen the nation’s homeland security and counterterrorism programs.

“The safety and security of the United States, and especially protecting our nation from terrorist threats, must remain a top priority in Congress,“ said Cramer. “We will continue to address these challenges through every channel possible, and these bills strengthen our homeland security and counterterrorism efforts.“ 

The bills passed this week include the following:

H.R. 526, the Counterterrorism Advisory Board Act of 2017, establishes a counterterrorism advisory board within the Department of Homeland Security to coordinate and integrate departmental intelligence activities, and counterterrorism policy.

H.R. 584, the Cyber Preparedness Act of 2017, enhances preparedness and response capabilities for cyber attacks and bolsters the sharing of information related to cyber threats.

H.R. 655, the Securing the Cities Act of 2017, establishes the Securing the Cities program within the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to enhance the ability of federal, state, and local governments to detect and prevent nuclear and radiological attacks in high-risk urban areas.

H.R. 677, the CBRN Intelligence and Information Sharing Act of 2017, authorizes certain chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear intelligence analysis and information-sharing activities of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis at the Department of Homeland Security.

H.R. 642, the Fusion Center Enhancement Act of 2017, amends the Homeland Security Act to enhance the partnership between the Department of Homeland Security and the National Network of Fusion Centers.

H.R. 58, the FRIENDS Act, requires the Government Accountability Office (GAO), within one year of enactment, to submit a report to Congress that describes state and local programs and policies related to the preparedness and protection of first responders.