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H.R. 2188 (115th): Community Counterterrorism Preparedness Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 15, 2017 (Reported by House Committee).


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Union Calendar No. 122

115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2188

[Report No. 115–181]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 27, 2017

(for himself, Mr. Hurd, Mr. Sessions, Ms. McSally, Mr. Higgins of Louisiana, Mr. King of New York, Mr. Katko, Ms. Sinema, Mrs. Demings, Mr. Ratcliffe, Mr. Williams, Mr. Conaway, Mr. Brady of Texas, Mr. Fitzpatrick, Mr. Olson, Mr. Zeldin, Mr. Flores, and Mr. Donovan) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security

June 15, 2017

Additional sponsors: Mr. Sam Johnson of Texas, Mr. Burgess, and Mrs. Brooks of Indiana

June 15, 2017

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic

For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on April 27, 2017


A BILL

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish the major metropolitan area counterterrorism training and exercise grant program, and for other purposes.


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Community Counterterrorism Preparedness Act.

2.

Major metropolitan area counterterrorism training and exercise grant program

(a)

In general

Subtitle A of title XX of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 603 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

2009.

Major metropolitan area counterterrorism training and exercise grant program

(a)

Establishment

(1)

In general

The Secretary, acting through the Administrator and the heads of other relevant components of the Department, shall carry out a program for emergency response providers to prevent, prepare for, and respond to emerging terrorist attack scenarios, including complex, coordinated terrorist attacks and active shooters, as determined by the Secretary, against major metropolitan areas.

(2)

Information

In establishing the program pursuant to paragraph (1), the Secretary shall provide to eligible applicants—

(A)

information, in an unclassified format, on emerging terrorist attack scenarios, including complex, coordinated terrorist attacks and active shooters, which grants under such program are intended to address; and

(B)

information on training and exercises best practices.

(b)

Eligible applicants

(1)

In general

Jurisdictions that receive, or that previously received, funding under section 2003 may apply for a grant under the program established pursuant to subsection (a).

(2)

Additional jurisdictions

Eligible applicants receiving funding under the program established pursuant to subsection (a) may include in activities funded by such program neighboring jurisdictions that would be likely to provide mutual aid in response to emerging terrorist attack scenarios, including complex, coordinated terrorist attacks and active shooters.

(c)

Permitted uses

The recipient of a grant under the program established pursuant to subsection (a) may use such grant to—

(1)

identify capability gaps related to preparing for, preventing, and responding to emerging terrorist attack scenarios, including complex, coordinated terrorist attacks and active shooters;

(2)

develop or update plans, annexes, and processes to address any capability gaps identified pursuant to paragraph (1);

(3)

conduct training to address such identified capability gaps; and

(4)

conduct exercises, including at locations such as mass gathering venues, places of worship, or educational institutions, as appropriate, to validate capabilities.

(d)

Period of performance

The Administrator shall make funds provided under this section available for use by a recipient of a grant for a period of not fewer than 36 months.

(e)

Information sharing

The Administrator shall, to the extent practicable, aggregate, analyze, and share with relevant emergency response providers information on best practices and lessons learned from—

(1)

the planning, training, and exercises conducted using grants authorized under the program established pursuant to subsection (a); and

(2)

responses to actual terrorist attacks around the world.

(f)

Authorization of appropriations

There are authorized to be appropriated for grants under this section $39,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2018 through 2022.

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(b)

Clerical amendment

The table of contents in section 1(b) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 2008 the following new item:

Sec. 2009. Major metropolitan area counterterrorism training and exercise grant program.

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June 15, 2017

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed