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March 25, 2021

House Committee Chairs Send Letters Seeking Documents About January 6 Attack on U.S. Capitol

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Committee and Subcommittee Chairs across the House of Representatives sent letters to the White House, federal agencies, law enforcement, and Legislative Branch entities, including the House and Senate Sergeant at Arms, seeking documents and communications relating to the January 6, 2021, domestic terrorist assault on the Capitol. "Our Committees are requesting information relating to the January 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol, which killed five people and injured … Continue Reading


March 03, 2021

House Homeland Security, Intelligence & Judiciary Leaders Write President Biden on Delayed Domestic Terrorism Data Report

(WASHINGTON) - Today, leaders of the Committee on Homeland Security, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Committee on the Judiciary sent a letter urging President Biden to prioritize the issuance of a long overdue intelligence assessment and report on the domestic terrorism threat. The assessment and report, which the Trump Administration failed to produce as required by law and was due to Congress over 8 months ago, is to include comprehensive data regarding the extent … Continue Reading


February 23, 2021

Wilson, Meeks, Jayapal, and Thompson Lead More Than 60 Members of Congress Calling for an End to Title 42 Expulsions

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24), House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Gregory W. Meeks (NY-5), Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-7), and Homeland Security Committee Chair Bennie G. Thompson (MS-2) sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas calling on him to end the practice of summarily expelling migrants under Title 42 of the Public Health Services Act as soon as practicable and to employ alternative forms of humanitarian relief for … Continue Reading


February 09, 2021

Chairs DeFazio and Thompson Urge FAA, TSA to Enforce Federal Mask Mandate for Airline Passengers to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

(WASHINGTON) - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) are urging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to closely coordinate with all stakeholders to enforce President Joe Biden's Federal mask mandate for airline passengers to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and ensure passenger and frontline aviation and … Continue Reading


February 03, 2021

Chairman Thompson Writes Newly Confirmed Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas, Invites Him to Testify

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to newly confirmed Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas to congratulate him on his position and to invite him to testify before on the Committee on pressing issues facing the country. Letter excerpts: "Your tenure comes at a critical time for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which has been without confirmed leadership for nearly two years and has a … Continue Reading


February 03, 2021

Chairs Thompson and Demings Write White House COVID-19 Equity Task Force to Urge Equitable Vaccine Distribution

(WASHINGTON) - Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) and Emergency Preparedness, Response, & Recovery Subcommittee Chairwoman Val Demings (D-FL) sent a letter to the White House COVID-19 Equity Task Force regarding the lack of equitable distribution and administration of COVID-19 vaccines. Initial reporting indicates African American and Hispanic populations across the country are being vaccinated at a rate dramatically lower than the rest of the population. … Continue Reading


January 16, 2021

Committees Open Review of Insurrection at Capitol and Threats to Stop Peaceful Transition of Power

(WASHINGTON) - Today, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on Homeland Security, the Committee on the Judiciary, and the Committee on Oversight and Reform sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis, the National Counterterrorism Center, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence requesting relevant documents and briefings as part of a review of the events and … Continue Reading


January 15, 2021

Members Urge President-Elect Biden to Take Action to Help Communities Dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic

(WASHINGTON) - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chair of the House Committee on Appropriations Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT), and Representatives Dina Titus (D-NV), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), and Mike Thompson (D-CA) yesterday sent a letter to President-elect Joe Biden urging his incoming administration to waive all Federal cost-share requirements for assistance … Continue Reading


January 15, 2021

Chairman Thompson Writes DHS on its Endless Attempts to Unlawfully Alter its Order of Succession and Validate Trump Administration Policies

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security regarding its endless attempts to unlawfully alter its order of succession and ratify immoral Trump Administration policies. Letter text: I write to you to express my continued confoundment regarding the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) seemingly endless attempts to unlawfully amend the order of succession for the position of … Continue Reading


January 15, 2021

Chairman Thompson Urges DHS to Help Protect State Capitols from Potential Domestic Terrorist Attacks

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) urging it to do everything within its power to support Federal, State, and Local partners in securing State capitols and other targeted infrastructure against planned attacks, similar to the one carried out against the U.S. Capitol last week. This week, the FBI issued a bulletin warning that armed protests are being planned at all 50 … Continue Reading


January 11, 2021

Chairman Thompson and Ranking Member Katko Request Briefing from TSA on Efforts to Disrupt Travel of Domestic Terrorist Groups in Run Up to Inauguration

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. John Katko (R-NY), Ranking Member of the Committee, sent a letter to the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration requesting a briefing this week in the wake of the domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol. The Chair and Ranking Member request to be briefed on TSA's efforts to disrupt the travel of domestic terrorist groups who may be planning further attacks and … Continue Reading


January 07, 2021

Five House Committees Seek Urgent Briefing on FBI’s Plans to Bring to Justice Those Involved in Incitement and Assault on U.S. Capitol

(WASHINGTON) - Today, five Committees of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray seeking an immediate briefing on the FBI's efforts to investigate the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol. "We write to request an immediate and urgent briefing on the steps the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is taking to investigate and pursue for prosecution the instigation, planning, and execution of the deadly terrorist attack on … Continue Reading


December 23, 2020

Thompson, Nadler, Rice, Lofgren, Jayapal Lead Letter Urging President-elect Biden to Help Separated Children on Day One

(WASHINGTON) - Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations Subcommittee Chairwoman Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee Chair Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), and Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee Vice Chair Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) led a letter with 83 Members of the House to President-elect Joe Biden urging him to assist the children harmed by the … Continue Reading


December 18, 2020

As COVID-19 Cases Rise at DHS, Chairman Thompson Inquires on its Frontline Workforce’s Access to Testing and Vaccines

(WASHINGTON) - Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Mr. Chad Wolf of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regarding the concerning rise in the number of DHS employees infected with COVID-19. In the letter, he urged the Department to provide its employees with access to testing and expressed concern about whether the Department has adequately prepared to provide employees with access to COVID-19 vaccines now that they are … Continue Reading


December 17, 2020

Homeland Security and Oversight Committees Launch Investigation into Cyber Attack on Federal Government Systems

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security; Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform; Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL), Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation, and Rep. Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, Federal Bureau of Investigation … Continue Reading


December 04, 2020

Chairman Thompson Writes CBP on its Stonewalling of Investigation into Agent’s Death

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regarding its continued stonewalling of the Committee's ongoing investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a Border Patrol agent in June. The Committee's investigation now also includes allegations of retaliation by a member of CBP Air and Marine Operations (AMO) leadership and the possible idling of an AMO unit, … Continue Reading


November 23, 2020

Chairman Thompson Writes GSA Head Emily Murphy on the National Security Implications of Her Failure to Begin the Required Transition Process

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Emily Murphy, Administrator of the Government Services Administration (GSA), regarding the national security implications of her continuing failure to recognize the results of the 2020 Presidential election and ascertain Joe Biden as the President-elect of the United States. "With each passing day, GSA's failure to ascertain the election is preventing President-elect Biden's … Continue Reading


November 13, 2020

Former DHS Secretaries and Homeland Security Chairs Agree: It’s Time to Consolidate Congressional Homeland Security Jurisdiction

(WASHINGTON) - House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) was joined by two former Chairmen of the Committee, Reps. Peter T. King (R-NY) and Michael T. McCaul (R-TX), in sending a bipartisan letter to House leadership to urge them to support the expansion of the Committee's black letter jurisdiction to ensure it has the jurisdiction necessary to fully authorize the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The 9/11 Commission's recommendation to create a "single, … Continue Reading


November 12, 2020

Oversight and Homeland Security Committees Demand ICE Cease Deportations of Victims and Witnesses Alleging Medical Mistreatment at Detention Facilities

(WASHINGTON) - Today, senior Members of the Oversight and Reform and Homeland Security Committees sent a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) demanding compliance with its policy against deporting witnesses and victims in ongoing investigations as the Committees are investigating allegations of medical mistreatment at Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC). Today's letter was signed by Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney; Committee on Homeland … Continue Reading


November 10, 2020

Chairman Thompson Demands DHS Ensure Records are Preserved

(WASHINGTON) - Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to the Honorable Chad Wolf of the Department of Homeland Security to make clear the Committee's expectation that - given the Department's history of withholding documents from the Committee, defying lawful subpoenas, and improperly stymying Congressional oversight and investigations - DHS must preserve, in accordance with the Federal Records Act and all applicable Federal laws, all … Continue Reading

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