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January 11, 2019

DeFazio, Thompson Urge TSA Administrator to Provide Financial Relief for Transportation Security Officers

(WASHINGTON)—Today, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, requested a meeting with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator David Pekoske to discuss ways to provide financial relief to Transportation Security Officers (TSO) during the government shutdown. In particular, the lawmakers urged Administrator Pekoske to brief them on ways TSA … Continue Reading


January 08, 2019

HOUSE CHAIRS DEMAND ANSWERS ON SANCTIONS RELIEF FOR RUSSIAN OLIGARCH

(WASHINGTON) - The chairs of seven committees in the House of Representatives today are calling on the Trump Administration to explain the easing of sanctions on businesses tied to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. In response to a December 19, 2018 notification that the Treasury Department intends to terminate sanctions against three companies tied to Deripaska, the lawmakers wrote Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin requesting a briefing for Members of Congress and a postponement of the … Continue Reading


January 07, 2019

Chairman Thompson Inquires on Shutdown Effects on TSA

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to request more information on the security and workforce effects the government shutdown is having on the agency: Letter excerpt: On Friday, CNN reported that hundreds of TSA officers from at least four major airports called out from work last week. As you are aware, TSA officers are required to work … Continue Reading


January 04, 2019

Chairman Thompson Calls on Secretary Nielsen to Come Before the Homeland Security Committee to Answer for the Administration’s Border Security Policies

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen requesting her to testify before the Committee for its first hearing of the new Congress on the Administration’s failed border security agenda. Secretary Nielsen has only appeared before the Committee once. In the letter, Chairman Thompson wrote: Your border security presentation submitted to Congress today is yet … Continue Reading


December 07, 2018

Thompson Inquires on Death of Roxsana Hernandez Rodriguez

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to the Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regarding the disturbing and tragic circumstances surrounding the death of Roxsana Hernandez Rodriguez, who was detained at a privately contracted ICE facility earlier this year. In the letter, Ranking Member Thompson writes: The seemingly preventable death of Ms. Hernandez Rodriguez is just one … Continue Reading


December 07, 2018

Castro, Cummings, Thompson, Nadler Ask DHS OIG to Investigate Toddler Death Shortly After Release From a Texas Detention Center

(WASHINGTON) - Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman Elect of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus; Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07), Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee; Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (MS-02), Ranking Member of the House Homeland Security Committee; and Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, today called on the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Inspector … Continue Reading


December 03, 2018

Thompson Inquires on Massive Marriott Data Breach

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to the President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International after it was revealed last week that the corporation suffered a massive data breach. In the letter, Congressman Thompson has requested to meet the CEO to discuss cybersecurity. In the letter, Ranking Member Thompson writes: As incoming Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security in the U.S. … Continue Reading


November 19, 2018

Thompson and McCaul Lead Bipartisan Letter to Support Grant Funding to Protect Religious Institutions After Tree of Life Attack

(WASHINGTON) - Reps. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) and Michael T. McCaul (R-TX), Ranking Member and Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, led a bipartisan group of 139 Members in a letter to House and Senate Appropriators to urge them to support funding the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) at $60 million for Fiscal Year 2019. The domestic terrorist attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh last month underscores that places of worship - nonprofit institutions - are … Continue Reading


November 05, 2018

Top Dems Renew Request for Docs on Harassment and Bullying Allegations at Coast Guard Academy

(WASHINGTON) - Reps. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Bennie G. Thompson, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, and Joe Courtney sent a letter on Friday to the U.S. Coast Guard Commandant, Admiral Karl L. Schultz, renewing their request from earlier this year for “all documents” pertaining to “allegations of harassment or bullying made by any student or faculty member at the Academy during the past three years, … Continue Reading


November 02, 2018

House Democrats Demand Answers on Trump Border Deployment

(WASHINGTON) - Today, House Armed Services Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA), House Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), House Oversight & Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), and 104 other House Democrats sent a letter calling on Secretary Mattis to provide answers about his deployment of 5,200 additional U.S. troops to the border, including how much the … Continue Reading


October 12, 2018

Harris, Thompson, Nadler, Lofgren, Beatty Lead Lawmakers in Letter to Urge Administration to Halt Deportation of Black Mauritanians

(WASHINGTON) - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Representatives Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), and Joyce Beatty (D-OH) led a group of lawmakers in a bicameral letter calling on Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to cease the deportation of Black Mauritanian nationals, who face the threat of race-based discrimination, violence, or slavery if forced to return to Mauritania. “Most … Continue Reading


September 07, 2018

Leading Democrats Call for Investigation into Trump Administration Subpoenas of North Carolina Voter Information

(WASHINGTON) - In a letter today, top Democrats voiced strong concerns about the scope of recent Trump Administration subpoenas demanding millions of North Carolina voter records and called for an investigation into the legality and political motivation behind this unprecedented request for private voter information. The letter, from Committee on House Administration Ranking Member Robert A. Brady (D-Pa.), Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), … Continue Reading


September 06, 2018

Thompson, Vela Inquire on U.S. Citizen Passport Denials Along Border

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on news reports of a surge in passport denials by the Department of State to United States citizens born along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Ranking Members also express their concern … Continue Reading


August 31, 2018

Thompson, Velázquez Urge FEMA to Extend Funding for Hurricane Maria Cleanup in Puerto Rico

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) sent letters to President Trump and to the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in support of Governor Ricardo Rosselló’s appeal of FEMA’s August 15 denial of a request to extend 100 percent Federal funding for debris removal and emergency protective measures in Puerto Rico. In the letter, the Members write: Over … Continue Reading


August 20, 2018

Thompson, Watson Coleman, Demings Call for Investigation Into Reports Federal Air Marshals Were Directed to Racially Discriminate

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, along with Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), and Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), announced they have requested the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General commence an investigation into news reports that former Federal Air Marshals alleged that a supervisor in Orlando, Florida directed them to target African American travelers for unwarranted scrutiny. Reportedly, the … Continue Reading


July 31, 2018

Thompson Writes DHS on Homeland Security Implications of 3D Printed Gun Blueprints Published Online

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on the homeland security implications of the Trump Administration allowing the online publication of blueprints for 3-D printed firearms. It is unknown if the Department of Homeland Security was involved in the decision of the Departments of State and Justice to abandon the lawsuit that would have stopped publication. The … Continue Reading


July 31, 2018

Thompson, Watson Coleman Inquire on Air Marshal Intelligence Program

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Transportation and Protective Security, sent a letter to the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regarding news articles on the Federal Air Marshal Service and its practices and operations. In the letter, the Members request more information on the authorities and rules followed for … Continue Reading


July 26, 2018

Leading Democrats Call for Top Trump Administration Officials to Testify on Election Security

(WASHINGTON) - In a new letter today, top Democrats called for a joint hearing on election security to investigate the threats facing elections in 2018 and the Trump administration’s plan to secure our elections from foreign interference. The letter, from Committee on House Administration Ranking Member Robert A. Brady (D-Pa.), Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), and Homeland … Continue Reading


June 29, 2018

Ranking Members Press FEMA Administrator on Slow Hurricane Recovery Efforts in Puerto Rico

(WASHINGTON) - With the 2018 hurricane season underway and Puerto Rican families still struggling in the aftermath of Hurricanes Maria and Irma, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial Services, Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Small Business, Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member on the House Committee on Homeland Security, and Congressman Richard Neal (D-MA), Ranking Member of the … Continue Reading


June 29, 2018

Top Dems Call for Comprehensive Review of President Trump’s Child Separation Policy by Inspectors General at DHS, HHS, and DOJ

Today, Reps. Elijah E. Cummings, Jerrold Nadler, Bennie G. Thompson, Bobby Scott, and Frank Pallone, Jr., the Ranking Members of the House Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, the Judiciary, Homeland Security, Education and the Workforce, and Energy and Commerce, sent a letter to the Inspectors General of the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services calling for a broad review of the Trump Administration’s child separation and “zero tolerance” policies. … Continue Reading