National Bombing Prevention Act of 2009

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The National Bombing Prevention Act of 2009 (H.R.549) was introduced in the House on January 15, 2009, and would allow the Department of Homeland Security to establish the Office for Bombing Prevention. The office would be responsible to prevent,detect and response to terrorist attacks. [1]The House passed the bill by a voice vote on February 3, 2009, and was referred to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on February 4, 2009.[2]



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The National Bombing Prevention Act of 2009 would formally authorize the Office for Bombing Prevention. The Secretary of Homeland Seucurity together with state,local,federal agencies,non-profit organziations,and private sectors would develop programs to detect explosives through "domestic breeding program,"  increase number of capability measurements,develop a curriculum that would increase national training and provide effectve use of explosive detection canines and research and development. [3]

Other responsibilities of the Office of Bombing Prevention would include:

  • enhancing the nation’s ability to deter, detect, prevent, protect against, and respond to terrorist explosive attacks in the United States.
  •  conduct an analysis of federal, state and local capabilities in preventing and protecting against a terrorist explosive attack.
  •  maintain a national database on the capabilities of bomb squads, explosive detection teams, canine teams, tactic teams, and public safety dive teams around the nation.
  • Requires DHS to develop within 90 days of enactment, and then periodically update, a national strategy to prevent and prepare for terrorist explosive attacks in the United States.
  • Requires the department’s Science and Technology Directorate to ensure coordination and information sharing regarding research, development, testing, and evaluation activities relating to explosives, as well as the tools and technologies necessary to neutralize and disable explosive devices. [4]

Bill passage


House action

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) introduced the National Bombing Prevention Act of 2009 on January 15, 2009. After suspending the rules, the House passed the bill without amendment on February 3, 2009, by a voice vote.[5]

Senate action

The bill was received in the Senate on February 4, 2009, and then referred to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.[2]

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References

  1. [1]
  2. 2.0 2.1 THOMAS entry on H.R.748
  3. [2]
  4. Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s info page onNational Bombing Prevention Act of 2009
  5. OpenCongress’ info page on National Bombing Prevention Act of 2009

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