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H.R. 3551: C-TPAT Reauthorization Act of 2017

Oct 23, 2017 at 6:53 p.m. ET. On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended in the House.

This was a vote to pass H.R. 3551 (115th) in the House. The federal budget process occurs in two stages: appropriations, which set overall spending limits by agency or program, and authorizations, which direct how federal funds should (or should not) be used. Appropriation and authorization provisions are typically made for single fiscal years. A reauthorization bill like this one renews the authorizations of an expiring law. This vote was taken under a House procedure called “suspension of the rules” which is typically used to pass non-controversial bills. Votes under suspension require a 2/3rds majority. A failed vote under suspension can be taken again.

H.R. 3551 reauthorizes and amends the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program to reflect current industry practices and threats to the global supply chain.

Specifically the bill:

  • establishes the C-TPAT program, formal duties of the Director, and makes the program the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) for the United States;

  • expands the number of entities that are eligible for C-TPAT participation to include importers, exporters, customs brokers, fowarders, air, sea, and land carriers, and contract logistics providers;

  • establishes a tiered system of tangible benefits into which C-TPAT participants fall based on their adherence to security requirements;

  • reduces redundant inspections on pre-vetted cargo and provides CBP with mechanisms to suspend or expel participants from the program if they fail to abide by security requirements or pose a threat to national security;

  • establishes a process for CBP, with Congressional oversight requirements, to continuously vet participants, review their security measures, and conduct site visits to their facilities to ensure compliance.

Source: Republican Policy Committee


All Votes R D
Yea 93%
Nay 0%
Not Voting 7%

Passed. 2/3 Required. Source:

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