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March 21, 2013

133 Members of Congress Write to Stop TSA Knife Policy

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Reps. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Eric Swalwell (D-CA), and Michael Grimm (R-NY) led a bipartisan group of 133 members of Congress in sending a letter to John S. Pistole, Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), expressing serious concern and urging the withdrawal of the recent decision that TSA will start to allow passengers to bring certain knives and sports equipment onboard airplanes. This decision was made without formal engagement with … Continue Reading


February 01, 2013

Thompson Inquires on Potential Sequester Impact on DHS

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, requesting information on how the March 1, 2013 sequester will affect the Department of Homeland Security and each of its components. The sequester would result is across-the-board cuts at the Department that range from 7.6 to 9.4 percent. A link to the letter is below. LETTER # # # Media … Continue Reading


January 15, 2013

Thompson Writes TSA on 'Managed Inclusion' Program

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to John S. Pistole, Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), in response to recent news reports detailing TSA's "Managed Inclusion" program which will use Behavior Detection Officers (BDOs) to identify passengers whom appear to pose no threat and usher them into the 'PreCheck' screening line. Behavior Detection Officers (BDOs) … Continue Reading


November 15, 2012

Thompson: Committee Jurisdiction and Legislation Must Be The Priority Next Congress

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to three Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairs, Reps. Mike Rogers (R-AL), Candice S. Miller (R-MI), and Michael T. McCaul (R-TX), regarding the next Congress which begins in January. These three Committee members are seen as possible replacements as the Committee on Homeland Security Chair for the 113th Congress. In the letter, Ranking Member Thompson … Continue Reading


October 04, 2012

Thompson, Jackson-Lee Inquire on TSA Insider Threat Policies

(WASHINGTON) - Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member on the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), Ranking Member of the Transportation Security Subcommittee, sent a letter to John S. Pistole, Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), in response to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) report on TSA efforts to address the information technology insider threat—the possibility that TSA employees or … Continue Reading


August 14, 2012

Thompson Seeks Further Inquiry on TSA Racial Profiling Allegations

(WASHINGTON) - Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, sent two letters regarding news reports of alleged racial profiling conducted by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Behavior Detection Officers (BDOs) at Boston Logan International Airport. Ranking Member Thompson wrote John S. Pistole, Administrator of TSA, urging him to take action and to suspend the Screening of Passenger by Observational Technique (SPOT) program until there … Continue Reading


July 25, 2012

Thompson Requests More Info on Maritime Cargo Screening

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano asking for more details on maritime cargo security efforts and the state of the 100 cargo screening mandate set in law by the "Implementing the Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007." This request comes following today's hearing on "Understanding the Homeland Threat Landscape". Link to Letter # # # … Continue Reading


April 23, 2012

CISPA Needs Privacy Safeguards

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, and other Democratic House members sent a letter to Reps. Mike J. Rogers (R-MI) and C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, regarding privacy concerns in H.R. 3523, the "Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011" (CISPA), set to be considered by the House of Representatives later this week. The … Continue Reading


March 26, 2012

Thompson, Jackson-Lee Request GAO Audit of Full-Body Scanners

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), Ranking Member of the Committee's Transportation Security Subcommittee, sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to request a review of the deployment of Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). While the Department of Homeland Security has spent at least $1 billion on AIT since 2009, … Continue Reading


January 24, 2012

Thompson Inquiries on 2012 DHS Grant Funding Allocations

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, wrote to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano requesting information on how the Department will allocate the $1.12 billion Congress appropriated for twelve State and local grant programs in H.R. 2055, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012. This Act, signed by the President on December 23, 2011, reduced funding for these State and local homeland security grant programs by 43 … Continue Reading


January 24, 2012

Thompson, King Press Speaker on Homeland Jurisdiction

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Reps. Peter T. King and Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to John A. Boehner, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, calling on him to consolidate jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security in Congress. Last week, President Obama lamented the inefficiency of congressional oversight of DHS—where DHS has to answer to over 100 committees and subcommittees. Consolidation of … Continue Reading


December 13, 2011

Comment for Small Business Size and Status Rule

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Karen G. Mills, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), with comments for a proposed rule entitled "Small Business Size and Status Integrity". The rule proposed regulations for the manner in which the SBA will address business size and status misrepresentations as instructed by the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. Ranking Member Thompson has been … Continue Reading


December 01, 2011

Geographic Diversity Needed at Coast Guard Academy

(WASHINGTON) - Today, U.S. Reps. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN), Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), and Resident Commissioner Pedro R. Pierluisi (D-PR) sent a letter to Admiral Robert J. Papp, Commandant of the United States Coast Guard (USCG), expressing concerns regarding the geographic diversity of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy - many states, for example, are not represented in this year's class. The letter similarly urges the adoption of a congressional nominations … Continue Reading


November 22, 2011

Thompson Inquires on Racial Profiling

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to John S. Pistole, Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), regarding recent news reports that Behavior Detection Officers (BDOs) who work in the agency's Screening of Passengers by Observation Technique (SPOT) program were targeting Mexican travelers at Honolulu Airport. This is similar to news reports that originated from Newark New Jersey … Continue Reading


November 21, 2011

Thompson, Richmond: Action Needed on Recoupment Letters

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA), Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to W. Craig Fugate, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), regarding efforts to recoup disaster payments from individuals who erroneously received financial assistance after Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. The Democratic Congressmen believe that, years after … Continue Reading


November 15, 2011

TSA Should Extend Upcoming TWIC Renewals

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, and other Democratic Members of the Committee, sent a letter to John S. Pistole, Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), requesting an extension for transportation and port workers to renew their Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC). To date, the Department of Homeland Security has not fully implemented the TWIC program as mandated in the … Continue Reading


November 01, 2011

Reps. Thompson, Markey, Jackson-Lee Query TSA on Missed Deadline for Screening Cargo on U.S.-Bound Passenger Planes

(WASHINGTON) - It has been a year since international cooperation helped thwart an attempt to detonate a toner cartridge bomb on a cargo plane from Yemen to the United States. Despite the ongoing significant risk that unscreened cargo poses to America's aviation system, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced it will miss a December deadline for screening 100 percent of all cargo transported from overseas into the United States. A Congressional provision passed in 2007 … Continue Reading


October 13, 2011

Thompson Writes Deficit Committee on Deficit Reduction, Creating Jobs and Enhancing Security

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter, in conjunction with other Democratic House of Representatives Committee Ranking Members, to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction regarding suggestions for job creation, revenue, and savings. In the letter, Congressman Thompson recommends balanced deficit reduction that does not affect the nation's security and recommends infrastructure projects which can … Continue Reading


September 22, 2011

Cybersecurity Proposals Should Go Through Regular Committee Process

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), Ranking Member of the Committee's Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies, sent a letter to John A. Boehner, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, requesting that all proposals put forth by Republican House Cybersecurity Task Force be put through the regular order legislative process and through the … Continue Reading


September 09, 2011

Thompson Requests Hearings on American Jobs Act

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee, to request hearings on the President's legislative proposals for job creation and how the Department of Homeland Security may be affected. Link to Letter # # # Media Contact: Adam Comis at (202) … Continue Reading