McCaskill, Lee Introduce Bipartisan Terrorism Response Bill

Bill requires increased transparency and analysis to Congress after a terrorist attack to address weaknesses in security

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Mike Lee of Utah introduced a bill today that requires federal agencies to update Congress after a terrorist attack with what happened and what can be done to address security gaps and prevent future attacks.

“There are no political lines in the face of a terrorist attack,” said McCaskill, the top-ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. “I’m glad to be working across the aisle to ensure that after a terrorist attack, we have the information we need to work together to prevent future threats to Missourians and all Americans.”

“Increased communication between the branches of our government is crucial to managing threats to our national security,” Senator Lee said. "The reports this bill will produce will provide us some important touch points for our legislative efforts in this area.” 

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 recommendations on what Congress, law enforcement, and/or the American public can do to prevent future attacks. The House of Representatives passed their version of the bipartisan bill in June.

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