Underwood Introduces the Counter Terrorist Network Act

July 8, 2019
Press Release
Bipartisan legislation to strengthen U.S. border security and improve information sharing networks between intelligence agencies

WASHINGTON— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Vice Chair of the Homeland Security Committee and Congressman John Katko (NY-24),  announced the introduction of the Counter Terrorist Network Act (H.R. 3526) to strengthen U.S. border security and counter terrorism efforts. The legislation would authorize the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner to collaborate with appropriate federal, state, local, tribal, and international entities to identify and dismantle networks that pose terrorist or criminal threats to the U.S.

“As Vice Chair of the Homeland Security Committee, I’m determined to keep Americans safe and strengthen our national security. With the Counter Terrorist Network Act, law enforcement will have the resources needed to continue developing effective programs that help intercept threats to our country,” said Underwood.  

“The United States must stay vigilant in its efforts to mitigate threats posed by overseas terror cells. Our dedicated homeland security professionals have critical sources of information at their disposal. This bipartisan measure gives Customs and Border Protection Agency personnel those resources and improves the ability to share information with federal, state, local and international partners -- keeping our nation safe each and every day,” said Congressman Katko.

H.R. 3526 would bolster CBP efforts to prevent threats from entering the U.S. by:

  • Enhanced Information Sharing. Dedicated resources at the National Targeting Center (NTC)  for information sharing efforts with domestic and international law enforcement agencies help prevent individuals with known or suspected associations with foreign terrorist organizations or other criminal networks from traveling to or entering the United States.
  • Deployment of CBP Personnel. Under this bill, CBP personnel could be detailed to other agencies, including security agencies overseas, to ensure all international travelers to the United States are thoroughly screened and vetted before ever setting foot on a plane bound for the U.S.