WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema introduced the Safeguarding the Homeland from the Threats Posed by Unmanned Aircraft Systems Act alongside Senators Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) to strengthen America’s ability to crack down on threats posed by drones and other unmanned aircraft systems.
“Our commonsense, bipartisan legislation counters malicious drones at the border and protects critical infrastructure across our state – keeping Arizona families safe and secure,” said Sinema, Chair of the Senate Border Management Subcommittee.
Sinema’s bipartisan Safeguarding the Homeland from the Threats Posed by Unmanned Aircraft Systems Act strengthens security and readiness against threats posed by drones by reauthorizing expiring authorities allowing the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to protect designated areas and events against drones.
Additionally, the legislation reforms the authorities to include protecting airports and critical infrastructure from drones, and creates a pilot program for additional law enforcement agencies to counter drone-related threats.
Earlier this month, the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved Sinema’s Protecting the Border from Unmanned Aircraft Systems Act – bipartisan legislation she introduced with Republican Senator James Lankford (Okla.) that further combats smugglers’ use of drones by directing federal agencies to develop an interagency strategy.