Swalwell Provision to Support National Labs and Homeland Security Passes U.S. House of Representatives

December 1, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – A provision championed by U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell (CA-15) was included in H.R. 4127, the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 that passed the House of Representatives today with strong bipartisan support. This provision ensures that Department of Energy (DOE) National Labs are clearly available to work with recipients of federal homeland security grants such as state and local governments. Swalwell is a member of the House Intelligence Committee and represents Lawrence Livermore and Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, CA.

“With the rise of ISIS and other terrorist groups across the globe, we need to take advantage of all resources to protect Americans. Lawrence Livermore, Sandia and our other DOE national laboratories are world-class scientific research and development institutions with expertise directly relevant to addressing our homeland security challenges,” said Swalwell. “States and localities should feel free to take advantage of these capabilities. This language finally establishes in statute that national labs can work with recipients of key federal homeland security initiatives and grants.”

There has been uncertainty about the ability of homeland security grant recipients to work with DOE labs.  Swalwell introduced H.R. 3438, the National Laboratories Mean National Security Act in 2013 which would have had the same effect as the provision included in H.R. 4127. His bill passed the House in 2014 but was not considered in the Senate.