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H.R. 6439: Biometric Identification Transnational Migration Alert Program Authorization Act of 2018

This was a vote to pass H.R. 6439 in the House. The federal budget process occurs in two stages: appropriations and authorizations. This is an authorization bill, which directs how federal funds should or should not be used. (It does not set overall spending limits, however, which are the subject of appropriations bills.) Authorizations are typically made for single fiscal years (October 1 through September 30 of the next year) but are often renewed in subsequent 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.

BITMAP is an HSI-led initiative that fills biometric databases with data collected from special interest aliens, violent criminals, fugitives, and known or suspected terrorists encountered within illicit pathways. BITMAP was established to equip international partner-country law enforcement officers to collect and share biometric and biographic data on special interest individuals and to identify potential threat actors transiting through participating countries. BITMAP further provides infrastructure and capability for host governments to collect biometric data on individuals they encounter transiting through illicit pathways. The information collected under the auspices of BITMAP is shared with U.S. law enforcement and Intelligence Community members; DHS in turn provides information back to the host countries concerning the individuals whom they enrolled. Through this process, ICE is able to track U.S. bound illegal migration patterns, take joint action with partner countries, and deter human smuggling through South and Central America. Comparisons of biometric data through BITMAP serve to identify criminal persons, wanted subjects (including international fugitives), and known or suspected terrorists. BITMAP is currently deployed to 14 countries, with near-term plans to expand to additional countries.

Source: Republican Policy Committee


All Votes R D
Yea 64%
Nay 28%
Not Voting 9%

Date: Sep 4, 2018

Question: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass in the House

Required: 2/3

Result: Passed


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