H.R.1536: Safeguarding American Commerce and Agriculture Act of 2013

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about agriculture and food
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Sponsor Janice Hahn, D-Calif.
Total Cosponsors 0
Introduced April 12, 2013
Latest Major Action April 24, 2013
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Bill Summary

Safeguarding American Commerce and Agriculture Act of 2013 - Amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish the Office of Agriculture Inspection within U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which shall be headed by an Assistant Commissioner.

Directs the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS), acting through the CBP Commissioner, to: (1) identify career paths for customs and border protection agriculture specialists; (2) provide such specialists the opportunity to acquire the education, training, and experience necessary to qualify for promotion; (3) develop a plan to recruit and retain qualified specialists; and (4) identify, and develop a plan to address, any deficiencies in equipment and other resources that are necessary at CBP agriculture inspection stations and facilities to enable such specialists to carry out their mission.

Authorizes the DHS Secretary and the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) to establish an interagency rotation program.


(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
April 24, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security.
April 12, 2013 Referred to House Agriculture
April 12, 2013 Referred to House Homeland Security