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H.R. 5131: Surface Transportation Security Improvement Act of 2018

Mar 22, 2018 at 11:07 a.m. ET. On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended in the House.

This was a vote to pass H.R. 5131 (115th) 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. 5131 improves the effectiveness of federal efforts to identify and address homeland security risks to surface transportation, secure against vehicle-based attacks, and conduct a feasibility assessment of introducing new security technologies and measures. Specifically, the bill requires a Government Accountability Office (GAO) review of the national strategy for transportation security, the development of risk-based priorities for all transportation modes, a feasibility assessment of utilizing security technologies for surface transportation assets; the dissemination of best practices for enhancing security against vehicle-based terrorist attacks, the authorization of the Innovation Task Force, a threat assessment of certain security technologies tied to foreign countries, and a strategy for surface transportation inspectors.

Source: Republican Policy Committee


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Yea 95%
Nay 1%
Not Voting 3%

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