Congressman John Joyce, M.D. (PA-13) and the Homeland Security Committee Republicans, led by Ranking Member Mike Rogers (AL-3), introduced the Keep America Secure Act. This legislation provides a comprehensive two-year reauthorization of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
“Strengthening America’s national security is a core responsibility of Congress, and we must ensure that our country is equipped to combat new and emerging threats,” said Dr. Joyce. “In my district, the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville is an ever-present reminder that vulnerabilities are costly. The Keep America Secure Act will provide the Department of Homeland Security with the resources it needs to close security gaps and defend the American people. Rather than play politics with our national security, I urge all Members of Congress to support this commonsense legislation and bring it to the House Floor for a vote.”
The Keep America Secure Act includes a comprehensive two-year authorization of all DHS activities. Provisions of the legislation include:
Chinese Espionage: Protects American research and innovation by establishing new vetting tools and enforcement mechanisms to halt the entry of foreign spies.
COVID-19 Response: Protects the health of critical frontline employees and ensures DHS can effectively carry out its vital mission during this pandemic.
Border Security: Enhances border security by providing critical resources and authorities to increase manpower, improve border barriers, and modernize ports of entry.
Cybersecurity: Improves the nation’s cybersecurity capacity by authorizing new approaches to enhance workforce development and retention at DHS and providing grants and other resources to state and local partners.
Transportation Security: Ensures TSA has access to the funding it needs to carry out its mission, improves existing security programs, and reforms the security screening process to increase checkpoint efficiency and alleviate passenger stress.
Emergency Preparedness: Reauthorizes FEMA for the first time in 14 years and provides increased funding for critical state and local terrorism preparedness grants and other programs.
Intelligence: Reforms the DHS intelligence enterprise and focuses it on emerging threats and improved information collection, analysis, and dissemination.
Departmental Management: Reforms the operations and structure of DHS to promote unity of effort, improve employee morale, and ensure accountability and oversight of taxpayer dollars.
For additional information, please see full text of the legislation.