House Passes Bill Waiving Polygraphs for Some Border Workers

By Pilar Arias

The House of Representatives passed HR 2213 Wednesday, also known as the Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of 2017.

Congressman Henry Cuellar (D, Dist. 28) co-sponsored the bill. He said it was necessary to fill the 3,000 open Customs and Border Protection positions.

“What this bill actually does it will strengthen CBP’s efforts to secure our border by filling those positions,” Cuellar said on the floor of the House.

The bill waives polygraph test for certain current “cleared” federal employees, law enforcement or military members to join CBP after their background check.

HR 2213 builds on the work Congressman Cuellar did with Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman John Carter. The two inclided language in the Omnibus Appropriations bill passed earlier this month, directing the Department of Homeland Security to take a number of steps to reevaluate their polygraph and hiring procedures.

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