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house Bill H.R. 2786

Requiring Customs and Border Patrol to Report on Security at Rail Crossings

Argument in favor

There needs to be additional security at rail crossings to ensure that dangerous materials are tracked when they enter the country, and assessing current safeguards helps that process.

Aidan-WC's Opinion
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08/01/2016
Most certainty, at this point in society throughout the United States our congressional representatives urgently needs to guide legislation on our borders and general regions in nationally (rail road tracks) to ensure that negative influential drug cartels cannot exploit our access points. Additionally this implementation would not only propose leverage to abolish criminal and smuggling organizations to manipulate the rule of law and target our citizens as well. A low costing bill that will implement precautions for enhancing our capabilities to combat smuggling, human trafficking, etc would evidently be a reasonable request. As stated in the significance of this proposal by congress passing this beneficial and reliable procedure would result in 1.The number of high-risk rail shipments entering the U.S. each year; 2The status of radiation detection units at each rail crossing on the northern and southern U.S. borders; 3.An assessment of whether more radiation detection equipment is necessary to ensure that all high-risk cross-border rail shipments are appropriately examined; 4. A plan for ensuring that all relevant CBP personnel receive training and guidance on the proper use of the agency’s Automated Targeting System for such shipments, the use of radiation detection equipment, and requirements for tracking results. To reiterate, an implementation that would propose the wide spread responsibilities and capabilities of our officials may be a first step in alleviating our mass destruction of flourishing trafficking of all varieties. Thank you for your time.
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Jewel's Opinion
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11/26/2015
Just saying you are going to do it without providing the funds, is political pandering.
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Marvin's Opinion
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10/18/2015
We have trains crossing our borders? Well, yes. I would have thought this would already be enforced. We check cargo arriving on ships, it should be checked on trucks, trains, planes, and any other modes of transportation.
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Argument opposed

Rather than asking for a report to evaluate the situation, Congress should be authorizing funding to get more resources at rail crossings on the border.

operaman's Opinion
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09/28/2015
A lazy Congress needs to past an improvement bill to secure the entire border along with rail inspections
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John's Opinion
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10/04/2015
Forget the stupid report, and secure the rail crossings. Why on earth would you wait for a "report" to do something that is clearly common sense...
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GrumpyMSgt's Opinion
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10/01/2015
We don't need more reports........close the borders.
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What is House Bill H.R. 2786?

This bill would direct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to develop a report and submit it to Congress within 180 days covering the following topics:

  • The number of high-risk rail shipments entering the U.S. each year;

  • The status of radiation detection units at each rail crossing on the northern and southern U.S. borders;

  • An assessment of whether more radiation detection equipment is necessary to ensure that all high-risk cross-border rail shipments are appropriately examined;

  • A plan for ensuring that all relevant CBP personnel receive training and guidance on the proper use of the agency’s Automated Targeting System for such shipments, the use of radiation detection equipment, and requirements for tracking results.


The General Accountability Office (GAO) would be required to periodically audit CBP operations on these borders to ensure rail shipments are targeted, examined, and the examination results are properly documented.

Impact

Customs and Border Patrol, the GAO, and Congress.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2786

The CBO estimates that this bill would cost about $1 million in 2016, and $500,000 per year after that.

More Information

In-Depth: This bill was passed by the House Homeland Security Committee via voice vote.


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AKA

Cross-Border Rail Security Act of 2015

Official Title

To require the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to submit a report on cross-border rail security, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed September 28th, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 412 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations
      Transportation and Maritime Security
      Committee on Homeland Security
    IntroducedJune 15th, 2015

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    Most certainty, at this point in society throughout the United States our congressional representatives urgently needs to guide legislation on our borders and general regions in nationally (rail road tracks) to ensure that negative influential drug cartels cannot exploit our access points. Additionally this implementation would not only propose leverage to abolish criminal and smuggling organizations to manipulate the rule of law and target our citizens as well. A low costing bill that will implement precautions for enhancing our capabilities to combat smuggling, human trafficking, etc would evidently be a reasonable request. As stated in the significance of this proposal by congress passing this beneficial and reliable procedure would result in 1.The number of high-risk rail shipments entering the U.S. each year; 2The status of radiation detection units at each rail crossing on the northern and southern U.S. borders; 3.An assessment of whether more radiation detection equipment is necessary to ensure that all high-risk cross-border rail shipments are appropriately examined; 4. A plan for ensuring that all relevant CBP personnel receive training and guidance on the proper use of the agency’s Automated Targeting System for such shipments, the use of radiation detection equipment, and requirements for tracking results. To reiterate, an implementation that would propose the wide spread responsibilities and capabilities of our officials may be a first step in alleviating our mass destruction of flourishing trafficking of all varieties. Thank you for your time.
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    A lazy Congress needs to past an improvement bill to secure the entire border along with rail inspections
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    Forget the stupid report, and secure the rail crossings. Why on earth would you wait for a "report" to do something that is clearly common sense...
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    We have trains crossing our borders? Well, yes. I would have thought this would already be enforced. We check cargo arriving on ships, it should be checked on trucks, trains, planes, and any other modes of transportation.
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    Just saying you are going to do it without providing the funds, is political pandering.
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    Let them patrol any heavily crossed area, arrest, and deport. Pass Kate's Law while you're at it.
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    Only if the dangerous CARGO include all the dangerous TWO legged varmints trying to SNEAK across
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    We don't need more reports........close the borders.
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    Hey congress fewer reports and more action
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    John and Jim are right. Plus, let's make sure there is proper training provide to those who stop and inspect the trains. More law enforcement not more reports. These trains should be stopped and search before entering the states. Close the borders.
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    It's time to buckle down on immigration
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    Another report for congress to do nothing about. Sounds like a sound bite for your constituents, not a bill to actually get something done. Try again.
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    Forget a million dollar report. These folks know what they need to do their jobs. Give them the bodies they need and a reasonable budget.
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    PROTECT USA
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    I went over the border by train and the regulations were very loose. Not that anything happened, but it was somewhat alarming to see how easy it was to cross both ways. This is coming in from Canada. Just one form and a passport and a one minute interview.
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    YES!! That's the only way to keep terrorists out of our country.
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    Another report to congress won't solve anything. More security funding is needed for US infrastructure, including railroads.
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    To begin with, why would it cost 1 million dollars to include of few requested items to their reporting. It is not like they don't have any reporting mechanism set up. Secondly, where is the commitment to fund?
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    Again to stop drugs and close the border.
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    Why is every route into the US subject to scrutiny but this. This could be catastrophic if exploited by the wrong person(s).
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