House passes bills to rein in terrorist travel

The House easily passed legislation on Tuesday to enhance Obama administration efforts to stem the flow of foreign fighters traveling abroad.

In its first votes of the week, the House passed a bill by a vote of 392-0 that would require the president to a strategy to Congress for intercepting terrorists from traveling domestically and internationally. 

Lawmakers noted that a House Homeland Security Committee task force recently found that the executive branch had not offered a government-wide plan for reining in terrorist travel in a decade.

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“There is no regular process in place in the executive branch for reviewing all of our defenses against terrorist travel gaps and develop a plan to close them,” said Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.).

Another measure, passed 397-0, would direct the Department of Homeland Security to conduct a review of all known instances since 2011 where a person traveled - or tried to - from the U.S. to a conflict zone in Syria or Iraq, or provide resources to a terrorist group. 

“The findings from this type of study is crucial to informing Congress on additional steps we can take to improve the security of our nation,” said Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), the bill’s author. 

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