House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's "Leader Weekly Guidance"
Sixteen years ago, in the face of one of our nation's greatest tragedies, the American people did what they always do. We came together. As we remember September 11th--the loss, the resolve, the heroism--we know America is stronger than anything against us.
Please join in remembering those lost on September 11, 2001 with a campus-wide moment of silence at 8:46 a.m.
SECURING THE NATION
Our nation faces continued and evolving security threats from terrorism to cybercrimes. This week we will pass 10 bills that improve the security of the American people by supporting state and local authorities, identifying threats, and strengthening the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) intelligence.
Here are a few highlights:
TRACER Act (H.R. 2471). This ensures law enforcement partners receive advance notice when federal inmates convicted of terrorism are about to be released. This bill requires DHS to periodically assess the overall threat from known or suspected terrorists currently in federal prisons and the risk that such individuals will engage in terrorism upon release.
Joint Counterterrorism Awareness Workshop Series Act (H.R. 3284). This bill will ensure that first responders have continued access to this workshop program, which has helped more than 30 cities review current terror attack plans, policies, and procedures, identify any gaps, and produce the most complete local counterterror strategy possible. Cities like Austin, TX have taken advantage of the training.
Two bills will help DHS improve their intelligence. One requires DHS to produce an annual, comprehensive homeland security threat assessment (H.R. 2470) while the other requires DHS to study and evaluate how terrorist organizations are using or could use virtual currency to support their activities (H.R. 2433).
LITTLE ROCK NINE
In 1957, nine African American students enrolled in Little Rock Central High School, an all-white high school, testing the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka that declared segregation in public schools unconstitutional.
These brave students, the ensuing crowds of protestors, the public, and National Guardsmen appeared in newspapers across the country and were broadcast live.
In 1996, the neighborhood surrounding the high school, including seven private residences on South Park Street directly across from the school, were listed on the National Register of Historic Places. These structures are inextricably connected with the significant events of 1957.
H.R. 2611 authorizes the National Park Service (NPS) to enter cooperative agreements with the seven South Park Street landowners. This would allow NPS to use the site’s operational funds to mark, interpret, improve, restore and provide technical assistance for the preservation and interpretation of the properties. In addition, NPS could help the property owners apply for federal grants.
THAT’S A WRAP
For the first time since 2004, a Republican-led House of Representatives will pass all 12 appropriations bills. At the end of July, the House passed four of the 12 appropriations bills with the Make America Secure Appropriations Act. This week we wrap up the appropriations process by passing the final eight bills and sending all 12 over to the Senate.