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Rep. Zeldin’s Bipartisan Counterterrorism Bill Passes House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee

July 19, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today announced that bipartisan legislation he introduced in the House of Representatives, the Counterterrorism Screening and Assistance Act of 2017 (H.R. 1196), passed the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade. You can view a copy of the bill here: PDF iconH.R.1196.pdf Prior to the committee vote, Congressman Zeldin spoke in support of his bill, which you can view here

The Counterterrorism Screening and Assistance Act would establish international border security standards 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 the relevant U.S. Governmental 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 to boost security. 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 bill would put in place a monitoring system that would screen for infectious diseases to contain and prevent any potential outbreaks, which will help quarantine viruses, by authorizing the Secretary of Homeland Security to provide the necessary equipment and supplies to mitigate the risk or threat of infectious diseases, such as Zika.

Congressman Zeldin said, “In Congress, one of my highest priorities is to protect America’s security at home and abroad, which is why I introduced legislation to address vulnerabilities that currently exist with international security abroad and establish international border security standards, and ensure the United States is always prepared to combat the spread of any infectious diseases. Foreign fighter movement is a very serious challenge that has resulted in the well-recognized need for improved border security around the world and better information sharing between governments. With the rise of terrorism at home and around the world, it is important now more than ever, that we remain ever vigilant to protect our homeland. My bipartisan legislation is a commonsense way to ensure that we can monitor and stop the movement of terrorists. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the House Foreign Affairs Committee to bring this important bipartisan bill to a vote in the full committee and then on the House floor.” 

In the 114th Congress, Congressman Zeldin’s bill, the Counterterrorism Screening and Assistance Act of 2016 (H.R. 4314), passed the House of Representatives on March 21, 2016, by a vote of 371-2. In order for the bill to become law, it must also be passed in the United States Senate. The Counterterrorism Screening and Assistance Act (S. 942) was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Marco Rubio (R, FL) and Chris Coons (D, DE).