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April 29, 2020

Chairman Thompson and Committee Democrats Request HHS OIG Examine Racial, Socioeconomic Healthcare Disparities Exposed by Coronavirus

(WASHINGTON) - Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, along with the Democratic membership of the Committee, sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) regarding healthcare disparities - which have been further exposed by the country's response to the coronavirus pandemic. In the letter, the Members request the OIG to examine HHS's past and present efforts to eliminate racial, ethnic, and … Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Sen. Warren and Chairman Thompson Call for Watchdog Investigation into Border Wall Cronyism

USACE awarded two $400 million-plus contracts to companies owned by Republican donors in the last six months, raising questions about waste and abuse, favoritism, and subversion of Federal procurement laws Lawmakers to DOD IG: "taxpayer funds must not be wasted, and Federal procurement processes must not favor campaign donors or personal favorites of the President" (WASHINGTON) - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and House … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Thompson and Rice Write CBP Regarding the Treatment of Pregnant Women at the Border

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations, sent a letter to Mark Morgan, Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), regarding the treatment of pregnant women detained at the border. The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups have recently filed multiple complaints with the Department of … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Chairman Thompson Writes HHS and FEMA Regarding Nursing Home Medical Supplies and Equipment

(WASHINGTON) - Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor, regarding the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) and essential medical supplies and equipment to long-term care and nursing homes. The residents of these facilities are at particular risk from COVID-19-and these facilities have been the sites of … Continue Reading


April 09, 2020

Thompson and Rice Demand CBP Protect Unaccompanied Children at the Border

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations, sent a letter to Chad Wolf, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, and Mark Morgan, Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), regarding the Administration's change in policy in their treatment of unaccompanied children (UAC) at the border seeking protection … Continue Reading


April 09, 2020

Smith, Pallone, & Thompson Urge President Trump to Coordinate Production and Acquisition of COVID-19 Response Supplies

(WASHINGTON) - House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA), House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), and House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) today sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump, to express their concern about the lack of a clear, coordinated strategy to produce and acquire the medical supplies necessary to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis. "We write with deep concern about the lack of clear … Continue Reading


April 08, 2020

Reps. Grijalva, Thompson, Vela, and Kirkpatrick Express COVID-19 Concerns, Demand a Halt to Border Wall Construction in Letter to DOJ, DOD, and DHS

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), Filemon Vela (D-TX), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) with House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson, sent a letter to the Department of Justice, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security demanding an immediate halt to border wall construction to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The lawmakers highlighted the wasteful spending of federal funds on a border wall during a pandemic and the likelihood that an … Continue Reading


April 07, 2020

Chairs Thompson and Maloney Write FEMA on Coronavirus Response Supply Chain Issues

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, sent a letter to the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) inquiring about FEMA's efforts to acquire and distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) and other essential medical supplies and equipment to states. Just yesterday, the Office of Inspector General of the Department … Continue Reading


April 02, 2020

Chairman Thompson Asks States for Assistance Tracking Medical Supply Requests and Deliveries

(WASHINGTON) - Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, with other Committee members, sent letters to all of the nation's governors asking them to help the Committee account for medical supplies and equipment (such as ventilators, masks, etc.) requested from the Federal government and provided to U.S. States, territories, and the District of Columbia. The Committee has requested this information from the Department of Homeland Security and the Department … Continue Reading


April 01, 2020

House Committee Chairs Request Extension of Public Comment Periods During Coronavirus National Emergency

(WASHINGTON) - Fourteen House Committee Chairs sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Russell Vought today requesting an immediate extension of public comment periods, hearings and meetings due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Committee leaders asked that OMB direct agencies to extend public comment periods by at least 45 days beyond the end of the declared national emergency. The letter was signed by Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. … Continue Reading


March 26, 2020

Homeland Security and Oversight and Reform Committees Question Deficient DHS IG Investigations and Raise Concerns About DHS IG Cuffari’s Leadership

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, each sent letters to Joseph V. Cuffari, the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). These letters request information and documents regarding numerous shortcomings in the review by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the deaths of two children in the custody of Customs and … Continue Reading


March 24, 2020

Thompson, Rose Write DHS on Reports of Extremists Seeking to Exploit Coronavirus Pandemic

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Max Rose (D-NY), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism, sent a letter to Elizabeth Neumann, Assistant Secretary for Threat Prevention and Security Policy, at the Department of Homeland Security regarding the Federal government's efforts to counter potential homeland security threats from violent extremists who may seek to take advantage of the current … Continue Reading


March 24, 2020

Thompson, DeFazio, Payne, Titus Urge Trump to Eliminate Cost Share for States Under Coronavirus Disaster Declarations

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, Rep. Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), Chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery, and Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV), Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, sent a letter to President Trump urging him to, during the … Continue Reading


March 23, 2020

Thompson Writes DHS and HHS on Tracking Masks and Medical Supplies FEMA Is Shipping to States

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar regarding the personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical medical equipment and supplies available in the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) that FEMA is presently shipping to states. FEMA has been unable to provide any specific numbers regarding the availability … Continue Reading


March 20, 2020

Homeland Democrats Write TSA on Coronavirus Contingency Plans for Its Workforce, Flying Public

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA), Chairman of the Transportation and Maritime Security Subcommittee, and other Democratic Members of the Committee, sent a letter to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regarding the protection of Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) still serving on the frontlines at our airports during the coronavirus pandemic. An increasing number of officers have … Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

Chairman Thompson, Committee Democrats Write Trump to Request Federal Government Take Specific, Swift Action on Coronavirus

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and the Democratic membership of the Committee, sent a letter to President Trump asking him to take swift action by "harnessing the resources and capabilities of the Federal government" to stem the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. Specifically, they ask him to: Direct the DoD and HHS to dedicate the Federal government's purchasing power towards acquiring ventilators. Direct the DHS, … Continue Reading


March 17, 2020

Chairman Thompson Writes Secret Service for Campaign and Convention Coronavirus Contingency Plans

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to the Director of the U.S. Secret Service to request the Service's contingency plans related to the COVID-19 pandemic in the context of the presidential campaigns and the upcoming party conventions. Letter excerpts: I write to inquire about the plans in place for the United States Secret Service (USSS) to prepare for COVID-19 in the context of the presidential campaign as well … Continue Reading


March 12, 2020

Thompson Writes DHS, HHS, CDC on Rationale, Implementation Plan for Trump’s Travel Ban After Contradictory Statements

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Chad Wolf, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to request more information on the travel ban announced by President Trump last night. In the letter, Chairman Thompson requests the rationale for the travel ban, including all plans and … Continue Reading


March 04, 2020

Chairman Thompson Requests DHS, Candidate Protection Advisory Committee Immediately Meet to Determine Secret Service Protection for Democratic Candidates

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf and the Members of the Candidate Protection Advisory Committee, asking them to immediately convene to decide whether to provide Secret Service protection to Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Senator Bernard Sanders. Letter text: As the process for nominating the Democratic candidate for President of the United … Continue Reading


February 21, 2020

Chairman Thompson Writes Acting DHS Secretary Wolf on Election Security Post ODNI Staff Shakeup

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Chad Wolf, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on election security in the wake of the ODNI staff shakeup. In the letter, Chairman Thompson demands DHS remain forthcoming, honest, and candid about election security threats. Letter excerpts: "I am concerned, however, that the President's recent decision to remove certain ODNI officials for providing … Continue Reading