LEGISLATIVE UPDATE - Rep. Rutherford’s DHS Interagency Counterterrorism Task Force Act Passes House
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States House of Representatives unanimously voted today to pass H.R. 4555, the DHS Interagency Counterterrorism Task Force Act of 2017. This bill, which was introduced by Congressman John Rutherford in December, authorizes the Secretary of DHS to assign personnel to overseas interagency counterterrorism task forces to facilitate counterterrorism information sharing and combat threats stemming from overseas sources of conflict or terrorism.
Congressman Rutherford said, “As terrorists and foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria seek to return home or travel to other regions in the wake of the defeat of ISIS on the battlefield, cooperation among U.S. military, national security, and law enforcement agencies is vital. When these fighters move from the Middle East to the West, information collection and tracking becomes extremely difficult ensuring federal agencies have access to the same critical information. This bill will ensure DHS personnel overseas are better able to combat threats in the fight against terrorism. I thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for joining me in taking an important step toward making our citizens safer.”
For example, assigning DHS personnel to Department of Defense locations would facilitate better collection and sharing of information, recovered from conflict zones, which significantly improves our ability to interdict terrorists before they seek to enter the country.
H.R. 4555 now advances to the Senate for further consideration. For more information click here.