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house Bill H.R. 4408

Does the U.S. Need a National Strategy to Keep Terrorists from Traveling?

Argument in favor

There is an urgent need for a comprehensive plan to prevent foreign fighters and terrorists from traveling. The Dept. of Homeland Security needs to ensure that its resources are being used as efficiently as possible.

BTSundra's Opinion
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02/23/2016
Since terrorists are still getting in, we need a new plan.
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operaman's Opinion
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02/23/2016
Of coarse. Wonder why our government didn't foresee this? Oh, could it be that terrorists may have hurt feeling and the airlines couldn't create "a safe zone" or provide butt butter?
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Andres's Opinion
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02/23/2016
We should stop all people coming from Syria, Iraq and other terrorists countries.
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Argument opposed

The current efforts of Homeland Security and other federal agencies to prevent terrorists from traveling are sufficient. Security forces should be enforcing existing regulations, not messing around with reports.

johnromano16's Opinion
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02/23/2016
How many actual terrorist acts has the TSA thwarted? And how many scandals had the TSA been involved in? The latter number is the higher of the two.
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Robert g.'s Opinion
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02/23/2016
We have more of a problem with home grown terrorist, whether it be converts ratical terrorists or racial white terrorists who shoot up schools churches and planned parenthood.
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Milo's Opinion
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02/24/2016
Huh, I thought the Republicans were against big government in the form of extra complicated plans similar to those already in place. Weird! I guess making themselves look tough is more important than paying for healthcare?
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What is House Bill H.R. 4408?

This bill would require the President and Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop and implement a national strategy for keeping terrorists and foreign fighters from traveling.

The national strategy to combat terrorist travel include:

  • An account of all federal programs, projects, and activities to constrain domestic and international travel by terrorists and foreign fighters;

  • Specific security vulnerabilities within the U.S. and abroad that can be exploited by terrorists and foreign fighters;

  • Goals for closing those security vulnerabilities and improving the federal government’s ability to prevent terrorists from traveling and descriptions of the actions needed to achieve them.

For each component of the national strategy, the President and DHS would have to come up with an implementation plan in collaboration with other agencies. They would also be responsible for giving annual updates on the national strategy — until that requirement expires seven years after this bill’s enactment.

The strategy would be reported to relevant Congressional committees within 180 days of this legislation’s enactment.

Impact

Airline and airport employees, U.S. public safety; people who travel frequently in and out of the U.S.; people who fit the description for foreign fighters and terrorists; relevant Congressional committees; DHS and other relevant federal agencies; and the President.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 4408

$500.00 Thousand
A CBO cost estimate found that implementing this bill would cost less than $500,000 every year.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. John Katko (R-NY) introduced this legislation to correct deficiencies that were uncovered by the Task Force on Combating Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel:

“Our Task Force found that our country lacks a comprehensive plan to address foreign fighter travel and to combat the surging threat of ISIS. It is clear that we must do more to protect Americans both at home and abroad. The pieces of legislation that I introduced today take important steps towards the development of a national strategy to address this threat, as well as to ensure that our government agencies collaborate to fight terrorism.”

This legislation was passed by the House Homeland Security Committee on a voice vote, and it currently has the support of nine cosponsors in the House, including four Democrats and five Republicans.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: A vacation for Alexander Kouts)

AKA

National Strategy to Combat Terrorist Travel Act of 2016

Official Title

To require the development of a national strategy to combat terrorist travel, and for other purposes.

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  • 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 February 23rd, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 392 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security
    IntroducedFebruary 1st, 2016

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    Since terrorists are still getting in, we need a new plan.
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    How many actual terrorist acts has the TSA thwarted? And how many scandals had the TSA been involved in? The latter number is the higher of the two.
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    We have more of a problem with home grown terrorist, whether it be converts ratical terrorists or racial white terrorists who shoot up schools churches and planned parenthood.
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    Of coarse. Wonder why our government didn't foresee this? Oh, could it be that terrorists may have hurt feeling and the airlines couldn't create "a safe zone" or provide butt butter?
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    Huh, I thought the Republicans were against big government in the form of extra complicated plans similar to those already in place. Weird! I guess making themselves look tough is more important than paying for healthcare?
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    This is too broad. The specifics need to be decided before passing this.
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    There is plenty of security and regulations that are currently in place. Have you been to an airport lately? Instead of implementing more security measures and making it harder for every day citizens we should better enforce the system that we have in place.
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    We should stop all people coming from Syria, Iraq and other terrorists countries.
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    This bill just enables politicians to point fingers and say it's the presidents fault if there are any attacks and put another party in office. Pure politics. It's congresses job to design bills that actually address any issues found. If only they had the ability to write bills themselves instead of letting political paks and corporations write their bills for them!
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    I agree with the statement but would also like to see the evidence and an outline of a plan. We have many existing laws that don't seem to be enforced. More law won't fix that!
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    I thought we had one... What use is TSA if services aren't coordinated with DHS? To the best of my knowledge, TSA has done nothing useful and has failed every test on finding contraband. Maybe fix the existing problem before looking at ways to spend more taxpayer dollars?
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    What we really need to do is target the finances of these organizations. Without money they can do nothing.
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    Just another way to take more freedoms from citizens. This law is so open it can and will be used for the restraint of law abiding citizens. The freedoms we lose today because of fear will never be given back and this government knows this. Like the patriot act vote no to preserve freedom.
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    The act of Terrorism is a cover up for a bigger issue. This will only lead to more problems for the American people
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    Need a overhaul of the TSA more than a national strategy, but definitely still need one.
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    It is called death. Terrorists do not deserve to live.
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    This is already the TSA's job. Reform, revamp, but we don't need more laws on this. Sounds like the congress is grandstanding in an election year. Since they really don't do anything, they have a need to look proactive. We, the people, aren't impressed.
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    I don't have faith in many things but I do believe the US is making the best possible effort to protect American citizens from terrorists! I see this as a political stunt for campaign fund raising & fear mongering. And a colossal waste of $$$. With or without terrorism, life is dangerous. No amount of vigilance or expenditure of $$$ can keep us completely safe all the time. As many Americans have died from the actions of domestic terrorists & general all-American gun violence as have died on 9/11. At some point, we have to learn to deal with reality & know that even with good systems in place, we are as safe as we can be. Unless we decide to colonize the moon in which case we would face other dangers!
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    Because security in this country is flawed and just a show. The TSA is nothing but security theater and the many police departments are understaffed and overworked. This needs to change
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    First off--terrible Photoshop. Second off--no shit, Sherlock.
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