House Homeland Advances Three American Security Agenda Bills

WASHINGTON – Today the House Homeland Security Committee advanced three bills that are a part of Committee Republicans’ American Security Agenda: Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Innovation Subcommittee Ranking Member John Katko’s (R-NY) H.R. 5679, the CISA Director Reform Act,  Rep. Dan Bishop’s (R-NC) H.R. 5670, the Transportation Security Transparency Improvement Act and Rep. Jeff Van Drew’s (R-NJ) H.R. 5678, the Privacy Office Enhancement Act.

“I appreciate the work Reps. Katko, Bishop, and Van Drew are doing on these important matters and leading the way by introducing and advocating for these bills.” Ranking Member Mike Rogers (R-Ala.).

“I applaud the House Homeland Security Committee for approving the CISA Director Reform Act, bipartisan legislation I introduced which aims to empower the Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) by creating consistency and stability within the agency,” said Rep. Katko. “By establishing a set term limit of 5 years for the CISA Director position, my legislation will improve efficiency at the agency and provide certainty outside of the ad hoc appointments and varying term lengths that are currently in place. While this legislation takes the important step of instilling stability in CISA, I believe we must do more to further empower this agency. As the Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation, I remain committed to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass commonsense legislation to protect our nation against cyber threats.”

“H.R. 5670 is an important step in promoting greater communication with stakeholders and streamlining protocols at TSA,” said Rep. Bishop. “The result will be increasing transparency across the transportation security enterprise without compromising national safety. I thank my colleagues for their support and look forward to passage of this bill by the full House of Representatives.”

“Our national security requires us to be strong and fearless, but not at the cost of personal privacy,” said Rep. Van Drew. “I am proud that this bill will be able to put in place the needed protections so that we can balance these delicate issues.”

Background: The American Security Agenda is a comprehensive legislative effort from Homeland Security Republicans to combat new and evolving threats to our homeland. The agenda is grounded on three pillars: granting DHS the authority it needs to stay ahead of emerging threats; providing DHS and its state, local, and private sector partners with the resources they need to build and maintain a robust capacity to deter acts of terrorism; and reforming DHS structure and management to ensure it properly positioned to combat the constantly evolving threat to the homeland.

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