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H.R. 4581: Screening and Vetting Passenger Exchange Act of 2017

About the bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 4581 directs the DHS Secretary to develop best practices for utilizing Advance Passenger Information (API) and Passenger Name Record (PNR) data for counterterrorism screening and vetting operations, and to make such practices available to certain foreign partners.

Advance passenger information (API), or biographic information about a traveler, and passenger name record (PNR) data, or data about a traveler’s reservation and itinerary, are valuable tools used for screening and vetting potential criminals and terrorists. DHS, especially CBP and TSA, utilize these data sets to confirm the identities and ...

Sponsor and status

Brian Fitzpatrick

Sponsor. Representative for Pennsylvania's 8th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 10, 2018
Length: 2 pages

Dec 7, 2017


Passed House (Senate next) on Jan 9, 2018

This bill passed in the House on January 9, 2018 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.


32% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Dec 7, 2017

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Dec 13, 2017
Ordered Reported

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Jan 9, 2018
Passed House (Senate next)

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Jan 9, 2018
Reported by House Committee on Homeland Security

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Passed Senate

Signed by the President

H.R. 4581 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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