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house Bill H.R. 769

Should the Homeland Security Counterterrorism Advisory Board Be Permanent?

Argument in favor

The Counterterrorism Advisory Board is a valuable tool in the Dept. of Homeland Security’s (DHS) fight against terrorism and other threats against the American homeland. It should be made permanent.

Jeffrey's Opinion
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01/29/2019
There should be separate, independent enforcement with regards to counterterrorism, just as there is for sex crimes, homicides, robberies etc. the ability to focus on the crimes or issue at hand without having to break away to look at another crime is beneficial
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Leslie's Opinion
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01/30/2019
And the first thing it needs to investigate is the current TRUMP ADMINISTRATION
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BlueSphere's Opinion
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01/29/2019
It passed in the House! 414Yea, 12 Nay Thank you, Rep. Joe Cunningham, (D-SC) for voting YEA 👍
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Argument opposed

Homeland Security has kept the Counterterrorism Advisory Board running for nine years, and there’s no reason to think it’ll be discontinued. There’s no need to codify it permanently, as DHS will keep it around as long as it’s useful.

burrkitty's Opinion
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01/29/2019
No plan, no details, no budget impact assessment, nada. No way. No more blackbox spending.
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Jeanne's Opinion
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01/29/2019
Last thing homeland insecurity ( not a typo) needs is more responsibility. I favor dissolution of the entire department.
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IllWill's Opinion
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01/29/2019
Permanent? No way! This country cannot be in a constant state of fear about another terrorist attack! Plus, this just seems like an endless money pit!
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  • 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 January 29th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 414 Yea / 12 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security
    IntroducedJanuary 24th, 2019

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What is House Bill H.R. 769?

This bill would make the Counterterrorism Advisory Board at the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) permanent, as it has existed since 2010, but has not been codified into permanent law. The board would be tasked with coordinating DHS’ intelligence, activities, and policy related to its counterterrorism mission and functions.

This board would be responsible for: 1) advising the DHS Secretary on the issuance of terrorism alerts and 2) meeting on a regular basis to discuss intelligence and coordinate ongoing threat mitigation efforts and departmental activities. The board’s focus — as set in its charter — would be to focus on the current threat environment and the importance of aligning departmental counterterrorism activities under the DHS Secretary’s guidance. The board’s membership would consist of top counterterrorism officials at DHS.

The DHS Secretary would appoint a Coordinator for Counterterrorism at DHS to serve as the chair of the board. This person would report on the board’s status and activities. The DHS would report to Congress on this board’s activities and status, so that Congress can ensure that it’s meeting its mandate.

Impact

Counterterrorism; terrorists; DHS; CTAB; and the DHS Secretary.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 769

When this bill was introduced in the 114th Congress in 2016, the CBO estimated that it’d have no significant effect on DHS spending.

More Information

In-Depth: Rep. John Katko (R-NY) introduced this bill to ensure that DHS is effectively integrating intelligence, operations, and policy to fight terrorism and quickly exchange threat information:

“It is critical that we continue our efforts in Congress to combat the threat of ISIS.  With ongoing counterterrorism investigations in all 50 states, we must act to strengthen the programs that address these threats. Today’s legislation does just that, by ensuring that the Department of Homeland Security is acting efficiently and collaboratively to respond to the threat of global terrorism.  I will continue to seek opportunities to work with both sides of the aisle in Congress to keep this country safe.”

When this bill passed the House along with 16 other national security measures, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) said:

“I commend the leadership of Congressman Katko on his legislation to bolster the security of our homeland. These 17 House passed Homeland Security Committee bills are all common sense solutions to improve our border security, counterterrorism posture, transportation security, and cyber defenses, as well as enhancing first responder capabilities, and streamlining the management efficiency of the Department of Homeland Security. The sooner these critical bills pass the Senate and become law, the safer the American homeland and our people will be.”

When this bill was debated (and ultimately passed in the House) in the 114th Congress in May 2016, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) expressed his support for the bill in a floor speech:

“[This bill] authorizes, within the Department of Homeland Security, the Counterterrorism Advisory Board, or CTAB, to coordinate and integrate Departmental intelligence, activities, and policy related to counterterrorism. Since 2010, the internal body, which is comprised of top DHS officials, has helped to harmonize counterterrorism programs and activities across the DHS. H.R. 4407 directs the CTAB to meet on a regular basis to coordinate and integrate the Department's counterterrorism efforts, and it sets forth the leadership and composition of the Board. H.R. 4407 also requires the DHS to report to Congress on the Board's status and activities. This legislation is a product of the House Committee on Homeland Security's bipartisan Task Force on Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel, which learned that the CTAB, which has operated for 6 years, was never authorized in law. To ensure that the board remains an integral part of counterterrorism policy recommendations and responses across the Department, the task force recommended that the board be codified in law. Codification of the board is consistent with the task force's finding that information sharing is critical to preventing foreign fighter travel. I believe that the CTAB should be a permanent fixture in the Department to help inform the counterterrorism decisionmaking of future Department Secretaries.”

This bill has three cosponsors in the current Congress, all of whom are Democrats. In the previous Congress, it passed the House by voice vote with the support of nine bipartisan cosponsors, including five Republicans and four Democrats.


Of Note: The Counterterrorism Advisory Board (CTAB), the board that this bill would codify, was established after the attempted “underwear bomber” attack aboard a Northwest Airlines flight in 2009. It weighs in on the issuance of National Threat Alert System alerts and helps respond to aviation threats, border threats, homegrown violent extremists, and cyber threats.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) says the CTAB is an important component of DHS’ antiterrorism work:

“The Counterterrorism Advisory Board (CTAB) is an important component of the Department of Homeland Security’s work in preventing terrorist attacks by identifying and reducing security threats and vulnerabilities.”

In a 2016 report, the House Homeland Security Committee found that CTAB’s work was valuable, and needed to be protected by codifying the board:

“Established at the behest of the Secretary of Homeland Security in 2010, the CTAB brings together top DHS officials to share information and coordinate counterterrorism activities. The CTAB has improved the Department's ability to respond to terrorism threats and harmonize counterterrorism programs and activities across DHS components. Given that the CTAB has never been authorized in law, there is a risk that the board will be dismantled and that the internal DHS gains achieved, with respect to counterterrorism coordination, will be lost. The Task Force concluded that authorization in law and updates to the charter would keep the CTAB on a strong footing so it can be utilized by future DHS Secretaries and component leaders.”


Media:

Summary by Lorelei Yang

(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / 400tmax)

AKA

Counterterrorism Advisory Board Act of 2019

Official Title

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish in the Department of Homeland Security a board to coordinate and integrate departmental intelligence, activities, and policy related to counterterrorism, and for other purposes.

    There should be separate, independent enforcement with regards to counterterrorism, just as there is for sex crimes, homicides, robberies etc. the ability to focus on the crimes or issue at hand without having to break away to look at another crime is beneficial
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    No plan, no details, no budget impact assessment, nada. No way. No more blackbox spending.
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    Last thing homeland insecurity ( not a typo) needs is more responsibility. I favor dissolution of the entire department.
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    And the first thing it needs to investigate is the current TRUMP ADMINISTRATION
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    Permanent? No way! This country cannot be in a constant state of fear about another terrorist attack! Plus, this just seems like an endless money pit!
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    THE ONLY CRAP THAT WE ARE SEEING, IS COMING FROM THE PROGRESSIVE SOCIALIST LEANING LIBERALS, ACROSS THE ISLE. SneakyPete.......... 🙀🙈🙉🙊🙀. 1*28*19..........
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    It passed in the House! 414Yea, 12 Nay Thank you, Rep. Joe Cunningham, (D-SC) for voting YEA 👍
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    Let’s make it non partisan and fill it with experts that any President or Congress could depend upon.
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    As noted by others there are no details or plan. Anymore I’m convinced Democrat and intelligence don’t go in the same sentence.
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    They are as worthless as two titis on a bull. Where were they with Russia and cyber attacks on US. the only thing they seem to be good for is making you take your shoes off at airports and evading to tell the truth to congress. We have always had enough with CIA and FBI.
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    Hell no! These idiots haven't found a single terrorist pre-attack since the agency was formed in haste and panic from the unwanted dreggs of all the OTHER existing agencies.
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    Another DUMB Bill. The answer is a resounding YES. Have folks already forgotten about 9/11??
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    Terrorism is a constant threat in this day and age, both domestic and abroad. If, by some miracle, that fact changes over the course of our future, we can address this department again. Until then, however, it's better not to waste time on these little votes repeatedly.
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    And most of the TSA can go too.
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    Don't trust any bill put forward by a Republican, thanks to Trump, McConnell and the Republicans who had their private meeting with Putin!
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    America has 14 different security organizations we don’t need another
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    We need a bill that actually produces results and is not just a bill full of hot air.
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    Where is the information for this bill? No major questions are answered, and no details explained beyond the title. It sounds like pork-barrel vagueness.
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    This sounds like another feel-good, do-nothing bill advanced so that someone can claim they're "hard on terrorism". We need real action, not show bills.
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    No more extra crap!!
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