By Pete Kasperowicz – The Hill
The House voted to require the Department of Homeland Security to develop a plan to control the southwest U.S. border in five years.
Members approved the Secure Border Act, H.R. 1299, by voice vote after a brief debate in which no one raised opposition. Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.), who sponsored the legislation, praised its passage as a step toward gaining control of a border of which only 44 percent is seen as being under “operational control.”
“Our common defense begins with effectively securing our borders, and the American people rightly expect and demand that the federal government take the responsibility to secure the borders,” Miller said.
The House approved several other bills by voice vote on Wednesday afternoon:
H.R. 5512, the Divisional Realignment Act,
H.R. 3310, the Federal Communications Commission Consolidate Reporting Act,
H.R. 4201, the Servicemember Family Protection Act,
H.R. 3670, requiring the Transportation Security Administration to comply with federal labor laws related to active servicemembers,
H.R. 2764, the WMD Intelligence and Information Sharing Act, and,
H.R. 3140, the Mass Transit Intelligence Prioritization Act.