CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, September 20, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 5859, the Community Counterterrorism Preparedness Act, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 5859 was introduced on July 14, 2016, by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) and was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security, which ordered the bill reported, as amended, by voice vote on September 13, 2016.
H.R. 5859 establishes the major metropolitan area counterterrorism training and exercise grant program. Specifically, the bill authorizes $39 million for emergency response providers to conduct training and exercises to assist in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the most likely terrorist attacks scenarios, including active shooters.
Eligible recipients of funding include emergency response providers in any jurisdiction that currently receives Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) funding or jurisdictions that received such funding previously.
 This includes law enforcement, fire fighters, EMS, emergency management, and others.
The Fiscal Year 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act included $39 million for grants to address complex, coordinated terrorist attacks, like the attacks in Paris. H.R. 5859 authorizes the program and provides needed direction, ensuring that emergency response providers receive the funding they need to address emerging threats.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates implementing H.R. 5859 would cost $141 million over the 2017-2021 period, assuming appropriation of the authorized amounts. Enacting H.R. 5859 would not affect direct spending or revenues, therefore pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.
For questions or further information please contact Jake Vreeburg with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 5-0190.