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H.R. 1370 (115th): H.R. 1370: Continuing Appropriations Act, Department of Defense Missile Defeat and Defense Enhancements Appropriations Act, CHIP and Public Health Funding Extension Act, 2018


The text of the bill below is as of May 23, 2017 (Passed the House).

Summary of this bill

This bill was the vehicle for passage of legislation to avert a government shutdown. The final legislation included

  • the Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018, which funds the government through January 19, 2018
  • funding for a missile defense system
  • funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through March 2018 and other health-related programs
  • funding for the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014

It also temporarily repealed rules that would have made automatic cuts in mandatory spending due to the deficit incurred by the recent tax bill.

This bill was originally a bill "to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Secretary of Homeland Security ...


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1370

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

AN ACT

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to issue Department of Homeland Security-wide guidance and develop training programs as part of the Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign Authorization Act of 2017.

2.

Enhanced Department of Homeland Security coordination through the Blue Campaign

(a)

In general

Subtitle C of title IV of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 231 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

434.

Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign

(a)

In general

There is authorized in the Department a unified, anti-human trafficking campaign to be known as the Blue Campaign. As part of the Blue Campaign, the Secretary shall—

(1)

issue Department-wide guidance to appropriate personnel of the Department;

(2)

develop training programs for such personnel; and

(3)

coordinate departmental efforts, including training for such personnel.

(b)

Guidance and training

The Blue Campaign shall provide guidance and training to appropriate personnel of the Department regarding the following:

(1)

Programs for such personnel, as well as Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement entities, to help identify instances of human trafficking and potential connections to terrorist activities, including along the borders of the United States.

(2)

Systematic and routine information sharing between and among the components of the Department and the National Network of Fusion Centers regarding individuals suspected or convicted of human trafficking and patterns and practices of human trafficking and potential connections to terrorist activities, including along the borders of the United States.

(3)

Techniques to identify suspected victims of trafficking along the borders of the United States.

(4)

Techniques specifically for Transportation Security Administration personnel to—

(A)

identify suspected victims of trafficking at airport security; and

(B)

serve as a liaison and resource to aviation workers and the traveling public.

(5)

Utilizing resources to educate partners and stakeholders and increase public awareness of human trafficking, such as indicator cards, fact sheets, pamphlets, posters, brochures, and radio and television campaigns.

(6)

Leveraging partnerships with governmental, non-governmental, and private sector organizations at the State and local levels to raise public awareness of human trafficking and potential connections to terrorist activities, including along the borders of the United States.

(7)

Any other activities determined necessary by the Secretary as part of the Blue Campaign.

(c)

Definition

In this section, the term human trafficking means an act or practice described in paragraph (9) or (10) of section 103 of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (22 U.S.C. 7102).

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(b)

Information technology systems

Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall ensure that, consistent with the Department of Homeland Security-wide guidance required under subsection (a) of section 434 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (as added by subsection (a) of this section), information technology systems utilized within the Department to record and track information regarding individuals suspected or convicted of human trafficking (as such term is defined in such section 434) are capable of systematic and routine information sharing.

(c)

Oversight

Not later than 18 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall report to the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate on the status and effectiveness of the Blue Campaign.

(d)

Authorization

For each of fiscal years 2018 through 2022, $819,000 is authorized to carry out section 434 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as added by subsection (a) of this section.

(e)

Clerical amendment

The table of contents of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 433 the following new item:

Sec. 434. Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign.

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Passed the House of Representatives May 23, 2017.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk.