Payne, Jr. Amendment Passes in Committee; Headed for Full House Vote

May 3, 2017 Issues: National Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Homeland Security unanimously passed Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr.’s (NJ-10) amendment to H.R. 2188, the Community Counterterrorism Preparedness Act. The amendment now heads for a full House vote.

Congressman Payne, Jr.’s amendment requires that a variety of partners—from mass gathering venue operators to educational institutions to places of worship—are included in law enforcement and first responder exercises that inform response plans and the training funded under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant program authorized by H.R. 2188.

“Over the past decade, we have seen tragic attacks take place in a Charleston Church, an Orlando night club, downtown Dallas, an office park in San Bernardino, and on a college campus in Ohio,” said Congressman Payne, Jr. in remarks during the Committee markup. “Law enforcement and first responders are on the front lines of preparing for and responding to these kinds of attacks. It is critical that they have the training and exercises to do their jobs effectively. The most effective planning and exercises, however, must include non-law enforcement partners who would be involved in the response.”