H.R. 3350, Know the CBRN Terrorism Threats to Transportation Act

H.R. 3350

Know the CBRN Terrorism Threats to Transportation Act

Sponsor
Rep. Brian Higgins

Date
October 20, 2015 (114th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, October 20, 2015, the House will consider H.R. 3350, the Know the CBRN Terrorism Threats to Transportation Act, under suspension of the rules.   H.R. 3350 was introduced on July 29, 2015 by Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY) and was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security, which ordered it reported by voice vote on September 30, 2015.

Bill Summary

H.R. 3350 requires the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct a terrorism threat assessment of the transportation of chemical, biological, nuclear, and radiological materials through U.S. land borders and within the United States.  The bill requires I&A to consult with other DHS components and federal departments and agencies in preparing the assessment, which must be completed within 90 days of enactment. The assessment must then be disseminated to relevant federal entities, including the Department of Transportation, Department of Energy, and other state and local partners.

Background

The mission of I&A is to “equip the Homeland Security Enterprise with the intelligence and information it needs to keep the homeland safe, secure, and resilient.”[1] Its mission is supported by four strategic goals: promoting understanding of threats through intelligence analysis; collecting information and intelligence pertinent to homeland security; sharing information necessary for action; and managing intelligence for the Homeland Security Enterprise.[2]  The I&A organizational chart can be found here.

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[1] http://www.dhs.gov/office-intelligence-and-analysis
[2] Id.

Cost

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that implementing H.R. 3350 would not significantly affect DHS spending.  Because enacting the legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact Jerry White with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 5-0190.