For more information on pursuing trade policy interests through the legislative process, please contact Nicole Bivens Collinson at (202) 730-4956 or via email.

CBP. H.R. 5862 (introduced Oct. 2 by Rep. Steel, R-Calif.) would amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 relating to authority of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to consolidate, modify, or reorganize customs revenue functions.

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs amended and reported Oct. 3 the Non-Intrusive Inspection Expansion Act (S. 1822), which would require CBP to (1) scan at least 40 percent of passenger vehicles and at least 90 percent of commercial vehicles entering the U.S. at land ports of entry with NII technology by the end of fiscal year 2026 and (2) increase its use of NII systems for outbound scanning of vehicles.

Imports. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs amended and reported Oct. 3 the Enhancing DHS Drug Seizures Act, which would (1) require the Department of Homeland Security to develop a plan to strengthen public-private partnerships with the shipping, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries to assist DHS with early detection and interdiction of illicit drugs and precursor chemicals, (2) require DHS to study how it can improve efforts to collect and analyze data on illegal drug seizures to ensure it has the information necessary for targeting and intelligence activities, and (3) enhanced penalties for drug traffickers who knowingly and willfully surveil, track, monitor, or transmit information about the location and movement of federal, state, or tribal law enforcement officials or those who destroy border technology.

Competitiveness. S. 3005 (introduced Oct. 3 by Sen. Coons, D-Del.) would amend the Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development Act of 2018 to enhance the economic and strategic competitiveness of the U.S.

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