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house Bill H.R. 3488

Permitting the DHS to Establish Inspection Stations in Foreign Countries

Argument in favor

Would ease travel facilitation while bolstering security needs.

Argument opposed

Special interest legislation written to aid the U.S. airline industry in the global marketplace.

bill Progress

  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed July 8th, 2014
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations
      Committee on Homeland Security
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedNovember 14th, 2013

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What is House Bill H.R. 3488?

This bill would authorize Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish preclearance (inspection) stations in foreign countries while setting the conditions under which DHS may do so. Much of the to-do around this bill extends from a preclearance center that opened in the Abu Dhabi International Airport in January 2014. 


The bill impacts where CBP inspection stations may be set up.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3488

The CBO estimates no significant impact on the federal budget.


Preclearance Authorization Act of 2014

Official Title

To establish the conditions under which the Secretary of Homeland Security may establish preclearance facilities, conduct preclearance operations, and provide customs services outside the United States, and for other purposes.

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