A bill introduced in the House of Representative would make drone legislation more focused on enforcement, rather than on allowing for the use of drones for surveillance.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) is sponsoring the bill, which would require the Attorney General and the Department of Justice to obtain warrants before deploying drones for monitoring the airspace above and within a given jurisdiction.
The bill also would require a public comment period before deploying a drone within the United States.
In his introduction to the bill Monday, Blumenau said the bill would ensure that Americans have access to information about drone deployments.
“This legislation would require that we have the necessary tools to track drone deployments in the United State and ensure that these are conducted in a manner consistent with law,” he wrote.
“If we don’t, the threat to our national security will be far worse than the threat it represents.”
In August, the U.S. government announced it was ending drone surveillance in the U, including surveillance of U.K. citizens, after the government learned of a new class of military drones used in Afghanistan.
Blumenberg said the proposed legislation would also prohibit drone use from being used to attack a U.N. building.
Blumens bills would also address drone surveillance programs in Mexico and the United Arab Emirates, as well as drones deployed in Yemen, where the U/A Coalition is fighting the Saudi-led coalition.
“While we are not aware of a case where drones were used to target U.A.C.F. fighters, we do not support the continued use of such weapons, and we will work to make it clear to any responsible government that will continue to deploy these weapons,” he said.
In September, the United Nations said that more than 200 drone strikes had taken place in Yemen since 2015.
The United Nations has previously accused Saudi Arabia of being responsible for the drone attacks.
“The Saudi-supported armed groups that operate in Yemen have repeatedly used U.I. drones to carry out indiscriminate attacks against civilians and civilian objects,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at the time.
“It is imperative that all parties to this conflict stop the indiscriminate targeting of civilians and that the parties to the conflict abide by international humanitarian law, which prohibits the use, transfer and transfer of UAVs, and any other indiscriminate weapons.”
The United States has been involved in drone strikes in Yemen for the past two years, but the coalition launched a new round of attacks on Oct. 4 in an effort to stop the Saudi airstrikes.