Tuesday, February 11, 2020

HR 5780 Introduced – Safe Communities Act

Last week Rep Underwood (D,IL) introduced HR 5780, the Safe Communities Act of 2020. The bill is very nearly identical to HR 5667 that was introduced by Underwood last month.


There is only one difference that I can find between the two bills. In the earlier bill §3(a) reads:

“(a) STRATEGY.—Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency of the Department of Homeland Security shall issue a strategy to improve stakeholder outreach and operational engagement that includes the Agency’s strategic and operational goals and priorities for carrying out the stakeholder engagement activities described in paragraphs (6) and (11) of section 2202(c) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 652(c)), as added and redesignated, respectively, by section 2 of this Act.”

In HR 5780 §3(a) reads the same except everything from the words ‘described in paragraphs’ to the end of the sentence has been removed.

Moving Forward

As I noted yesterday, the House Homeland Security Committee will markup this bill tomorrow. The bill is likely to receive widespread bipartisan support.

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