By Paul Schmitt
A bill introduced by 8th District Representative Mike Gallagher to strengthen the United States’ counterterrorism efforts by making information more easily shared between the military and federal agencies passed Congress unanimously this week. Rep. Gallagher, who is a member of the House Homeland Security Committee and is the Chair of the Task Force on Denying Terrorists Entry into the U.S., says time was spent the last year looking into pathways on how terrorist might get into our country. He says the new bill is a common-sense step toward combatting the threat of terrorism.
The bill that passed Tuesday is one of a variety of legislation dealing with terrorism. Bill H.R. 4569 states in general that the President, acting through the Secretary of Homeland Security, shall ensure that, for counterterrorism purposes, the Department of Homeland Security has access to biographic and biometric data collected by the U.S. Government on individuals associated with terrorist organizations.