FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22, 2018
Contact: Michael Soneff
The Strengthening Local Transportation Security Capabilities Act would fortify federal partnerships with State and local stakeholders to protect transit systems and the people who use them.
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today the Strengthening Local Transportation Security Capabilities Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives. Next, the bill will proceed to the Senate for consideration.
Rep. Barragán’s legislation would improve security at our nation’s airports, railways, and mass transit systems and reduce emergency response times by assigning more federal law enforcement officers and resources near high-risk surface transportation assets, including Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The bill would also provide new terrorism-focused training, and improve cooperation between federal, State, and local law enforcement partners by establishing a framework for unified operation centers. Together, these measures will help prevent and enhance response efforts to terrorist attacks and other serious incidents.
“I am grateful to my colleagues and happy to see this legislation pass the House with widespread bipartisan support,” said Rep. Barragán. “This bill is an essential step forward to better protect our transportation hubs and commuter infrastructure. It will help equip our law enforcement officers to meet our security challenges and respond to threats sooner. I would like to thank Ranking Member Thompson for his support in passing this legislation and Rep. Watson Coleman for her steadfast leadership on this important issue. The next step is a vote in the Senate and hopefully the President’s signature.”
Full text of the legislation can be found here.
Nanette Diaz Barragán is proud to represent California’s 44th Congressional District, which includes the communities of Carson, Compton, Lynwood, North Long Beach, Rancho Dominguez, San Pedro, South Gate, Walnut Park, Watts, Willowbrook and Wilmington.