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H.R. 4567: DHS Overseas Personnel Enhancement Act of 2017

On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended in the House

Passed · Jan 10, 2018 at 6:16 p.m. ET · Source:

This was a vote to pass H.R. 4567 in the House. 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. 4567 seeks to build on existing requirements for an updated strategy for Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) overseas footprint, while identifying barriers to information sharing and collaboration among DHS components and other partner entities.

Specifically, the bill requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to brief the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate on personnel with primary duties that take place outside the United States. Additionally, the bill requires the Secretary to submit a plan to enhance the effectiveness of personnel at foreign locations to the respective committees.

While the role of DHS personnel stationed overseas is critical to countering threats to the United States and building counterterror capacity among foreign partners, challenges remain in the Department’s ability to ensure individuals positioned overseas are effectively sharing information. This legislation provides necessary oversight to how DHS deploys personnel overseas to counter threats to the Homeland, ensures such positions are risk-based, and improves efforts to share information among DHS components, U.S. Government agencies, and international partners.

Source: Republican Policy Committee


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Yea 96%
Nay 0%
Not Voting 4%
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