Tuesday, December 10, 2019

House Passes Two Threat Analysis Bills – HR 3318 and HR 4402

Yesterday the House took up two homeland security bills related to threat analysis; HR 3318, the Emerging Transportation Security Threats Act of 2019; and HR 4402, the Inland Waters Security Review Act. Both bills were considered under the suspension of the rules process and were passed by a voice vote. There was very limited debate with nary a voice raised in opposition to either bill.

Both bills will probably be taken up in the Senate in the coming year. If considered in that body they would be handled under the Senate’s unanimous consent process with no debate and no actual vote. If even a single Senator objected to the bill, the bill would die a quite death. Neither bill is important enough to justify the time necessary to process the bill under regular order.

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