Filemon Vela

Representing the 34 District of Texas

Rep. Vela Announces Passage of H.R. 4578, the Counter Terrorist Network Act

January 11, 2018
Press Release

Rep. Vela Announces Passage of H.R. 4578, the Counter Terrorist

Network Act

Washington, DC - Congressman Filemon Vela (D-TX), Ranking Member of the Border and Maritime Subcommittee, announced today that his bipartisan bill, the Counter Terrorist Network Act (H.R. 4578), passed the House of Representatives with overwhelming support by a vote of 410-2.

The Counter Terrorist Network Act seeks to ensure that U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) National Targeting Center is positioned to continue embedding its analysts in overseas operations so that individuals associated with terrorist and transnational criminal networks are prevented from operating with impunity. The bill authorizes the National Targeting Center to continue building its collaborative intelligence and law enforcement partnerships to stay one step ahead of those individuals who wish to do us harm or commit other criminal acts. H.R. 4578 also authorizes CBP personnel to be posted abroad to perform critical preemptive operations to ensure the travelers and visa petitioners coming to our country are thoroughly screened and vetted.

“It is imperative for the Department of Homeland Security and its law enforcement partners to do everything practicable to screen and vet individuals before they arrive at our borders,” said Rep. Vela. “This measure is a product of bipartisan work that strengthens CBP’s ability to facilitate legitimate trade and travel. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to get this bill passed in the Senate.”