Thursday, July 20, 2017

House Passes HR 2825 – DHS Authorization

Today the House passed HR 2825, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Authorization Act of 2017, by a substantially bipartisan vote of 386 to 41. The bill was considered under the suspension of the rules process that limited debate and did not allow any amendments to be offered. The bill easily met the 2/3 vote standard for passage under these rules.

A DHS authorization bill has yet to be introduced in the Senate during this Congress. It would be very unusual for the Senate to take up this bill without first considering an in-house version first.

The bill does include provisions addressing:

• Cybersecurity,
• Maritime security, and
• Surface transportation security

There has not been a DHS authorization bill sent to the President since the Department was originally created in 2002.

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