McCaskill’s Bipartisan Terrorism Response Bill Clears Homeland Security Committee

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill’s bipartisan bill to help determine weaknesses in security following a terrorist attack was unanimously approved by the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where McCaskill serves as the top-ranking Democrat.

“Terrorist attacks are a far too regular occurrence throughout the world,” McCaskill said. “We need to pursue every way possible to prevent attacks here at home, and keep families in Missouri and across the country safe. My bipartisan bill is a key step in making sure that after a terrorist attack occurs in the United States, the appropriate authorities are working together to identify what went wrong and recommend how to fix those security gaps.”

The Reporting Efficiently to Proper Officials in Response to Terrorism (REPORT) Act requires the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the National Counterterrorism Center to issue a report to Congress after a terrorist attack that details what happened, possible security gaps that should be addressed, and recommended policy changes Congress and law enforcement can make to prevent future attacks. The House of Representatives passed their version of the bipartisan bill in June.

McCaskill has served on both the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and Armed Services Committee since joining the Senate in 2007, and has made protecting American families at home and abroad a top priority. Recently, President Trump signed into law her bill with Republican Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas to address the threat of agro-terrorism. Her bipartisan bill to address drug and weapons trafficking through targeting transnational criminal organizations on the border was approved unanimously by the Committee. Last week, McCaskill continued to fight for counterterrorism funding during a Committee hearing with the FBI Director, the Homeland Security Acting Secretary, and the National Counterterrorism Center Director.