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H.R. 4581: Screening and Vetting Passenger Exchange Act of 2017
On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass in the House

This was a vote to pass H.R. 4581 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. 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 travel patterns of travelers before they are able to enter the U.S. Many of our allies, however, do not have the capabilities needed to utilize this sort of advanced data for screening and vetting purposes.

Source: Republican Policy Committee


All Votes R D
Yea 96%
Nay 0%
Not Voting 3%

Passed. 2/3 Required. Jan 9, 2018 at 4:33 p.m. ET. Source:

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