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“Despite the Democratic opposition to this important homeland security measure, I’m thrilled to announce that common sense has prevailed and heroic Americans who report suspicious activity will be protected from frivolous lawsuits,” Mr. King said.

Added Mr. Boehner: “This much-needed measure is critical in the effort to confront the significant threats posed by al Qaeda and other terrorists and protect the American people.”

“I am pleased to see that the pressure we created led Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Harry Reid to make the right decision about protecting alert Americans,” Mr. Pearce said. “The American people shouldn’t have to think twice about alerting security and law enforcement to potential terrorist attacks.”

Mr. Pearce said vigilant citizens are the most useful weapon in the war on terror. “It was unnerving to watch the majority party ignore this fact and push to protect potential terrorists rather than innocent Americans,” he said.

Miss Collins noted that a citizen’s tip led to the recent arrests in Fort Dix, N.J., that foiled a plot to attack and kill American soldiers, showing the need for the legislation. “Vigilant, watchful citizens are vital to America’s homeland security,” she said.