Rep. Zeldin Announces Committee Passage of His Counterterrorism Bill
Washington, DC — Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C – NY-1) member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced today that legislation he introduced in Congress, the Counterterrorism Screening and Assistance Act of 2016 (H.R. 4314), passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
The Counterterrorism Screening and Assistance Act of 2016 would establish a plan to close security gaps that currently exist that allow terrorists and foreign fighters to travel internationally. The plan would establish international border security standards. A reporting system would also be established to monitor efforts of foreign governments to combat terrorism and foreign fighter travel and to suspend foreign assistance to countries not making significant efforts to comply. Moreover, U.S. surplus equipment and supplies would be sent abroad to boost security. Furthermore, the legislation would put a monitoring system in place that would screen for infectious diseases to contain and prevent any potential outbreaks.
Congressman Zeldin joined with House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA), House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), and House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY), who all spoke in Committee in support of this legislation and encouraged swift passage of this bill on the House floor. You can watch their speeches here.
Congressman Zeldin said, “The latest terror attack in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso shows us just how quickly terrorism is spreading across the world and further proves the need for the global community to work together. One of the many solutions includes passing my Counterterrorism Screening and Assistance Act of 2016 (H.R. 4314) to help stop the movement of foreign fighters. The recent terror attack in Paris that killed over 100 people showed us just how easy it is for terrorists to move undetected across borders. This measure is long overdue and with the bill’s passage out of Committee, it is clear that many of my colleagues in Congress share this view. I will continue to push for the full passage of this bill in the House.”
The Counterterrorism Screening and Assistance Act of 2016 passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee this month with bipartisan support.