Rep. Zeldin to File “Counterterrorism Screening and Assistance Act of 2016”
Washington, DC – Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C – NY-1), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today announced that he will introduce the “Counterterrorism Screening and Assistance Act of 2016” in the House of Representatives.
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 that would be developed in coordination with all relevant U.S. Government departments and agencies in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, Attorney General, Director of National Intelligence, and Director of the FBI. Under the plan, U.S. resources would be utilized in the most efficient way possible with a special focus on high-risk and medium-risk countries. Under this legislation, 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. 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 said, “The vulnerabilities that currently exist with international security abroad pose a concerning threat to our homeland. The development of international border security standards is critical. With the rise of terrorism at home and around the world, it’s essential that we work together as a global community to monitor and stop the movement of terrorists. This measure is long overdue. I strongly encourage my colleagues in Congress to swiftly pass the Counterterrorism Screening and Assistance Act of 2016.”
A copy of the bill can be found here: Counterterrorism Screening and Assistance Act.pdf