Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate: H.R. 4408, National Strategy to Combat Terrorist Travel Act of 2016   [open pdf - 98KB]

"H.R. 4408 would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), within 180 days of the bill's enactment, to transmit to the Congress a strategy to disrupt the domestic and international travel of terrorists. This report would describe existing programs to combat terrorist travel, identify current vulnerabilities that could be exploited by enemies of the United States, and include a plan to implement protective actions. During the seven-year period after enactment, H.R. 4408 would require DHS to update the strategy within 180 days of the beginning of a new presidential administration. For 10 years after enactment, DHS would have to update the implementation plan annually. Based on information from DHS, CBO [Congressional Budget Office] estimates that the reports and implementation plans required by H.R. 4408 would cost less than $500,000 annually and would be subject to the availability of appropriated funds. Any costs in subsequent years to carry out those plans for additional equipment or personnel, for example--would be attributable to separate legislation. Enacting the legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply. CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 4408 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2027."

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