This bill would require the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) to examine actions it’s undertaking to combat the threat of vehicular terrorism. Within six months DHS would have to provide the homeland security committees in Congress detailing: the current threat level for vehicular terrorism; actions DHS is taking to guard against vehicular terrorism; ways to mitigate the threat; the extent to which DHS is doing outreach or training with private sector partners to respond to vehicular terror threats; and ways Congress can held DHS mitigate the threat.
What is House Bill H.R. 4227?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 4227
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) introduced this bill to combat vehicular terrorism and direct the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide feedback to Congress on the issue:
“Seeing the rise of this type of tactic in Europe gave me great concern that it was only a matter of time before terrorists would use similar means in the U.S. to kill and injure Americans. This week’s tragic attack in New York City shows that this fear is well-founded, and DHS needs to take the appropriate actions to prevent these assaults on innocent lives. The bipartisan Vehicular Terrorism Prevention Act will ensure that steps are taken — and the necessary tools are provided — to prevent these heinous attacks.”
Of Note: In recent years there have been several high profile domestic incidents of vehicular terrorism, including by radical Islamic terrorists at Ohio State University in 2016 (13 injured), in New York City on October 31, 2017 (eight dead, 11 injured), and by a white nationalist in Charlottesville, Virginia (one dead, 19 injured). Additionally there have been numerous vehicular terrorist attacks carried out in Europe, including in London, Paris, and Barcelona.
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Vehicular Terrorism Prevention Act of 2018
To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to examine what actions the Department of Homeland Security is undertaking to combat the threat of vehicular terrorism, and for other purposes.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
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- The house Passed December 20th, 2018Roll Call Vote 388 Yea / 2 Nay
Intelligence and CounterterrorismCommittee on Homeland SecurityIntroducedNovember 2nd, 2017
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