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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


September 08, 2011

Homeland Security Jurisdiction Must Be Consolidated

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Hon. John A. Boehner, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, regarding the urgent need for consolidation of legislative and oversight jurisdiction over homeland security matters. This was a key recommendation of the 9/11 Commission and has yet to be addressed. Link to Letter (PDF) # # # Media Contact: Adam Comis at (202) … Continue Reading


September 02, 2011

Rep. Richmond and Others Write Speaker on Disaster Relief Funding

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), member of the Committee on Homeland Security, along with Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, and other members of Congress and the Committee, sent a letter to Rep. John A. Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Rep. Eric Cantor, Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, calling on them "to assure the American people that the federal government remains a committed partner … Continue Reading


August 15, 2011

TSA 'Chat-Downs' Need Proper Validation

(WASHINGTON) - 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), expressing concern regarding the Behavior Detection Officer pilot program at Boston Logan International Airport. Behavior Detection Officers (BDO) are currently being trained and will be deployed to "interview" 100% of passengers moving through checkpoint security screening. This pilot program, … Continue Reading


July 15, 2011

Thompson Inquires on CFATS Risk Assessment Errors

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Rand Beers, Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), U.S. Department of Homeland Security regarding errors in risk-tiering under the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program. LETTER # # # Media Contact: Adam Comis at (202) … Continue Reading


June 21, 2011

Thompson Inquires on TSA Report Exposing Racial Profiling at Airports

(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), expressing concern regarding the Screening of Passengers by Observation Technique (SPOT) program, a behavior-based profiling program in use at several U.S. airports. Recent news reports have indicated that an internal TSA report shows the program was associated with racial profiling in … Continue Reading


May 24, 2011

Homeland Dems Request Hearings to Address Grant Cuts

(WASHINGTON) - Today, the Democratic members of the Committee on Homeland Security, led by Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), sent a letter to Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter T. King (R-NY) to request a series of oversight field hearings to examine the cuts to homeland security grant programs for fiscal years 2011 and 2012 and the preparedness and response gaps that are likely to result. This fiscal year, nearly every homeland security preparedness grant program has been … Continue Reading


May 12, 2011

Thompson Letter to FEMA Regarding Overpayment Recoupment Process

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to W. Craig Fugate, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), regarding FEMA's mailing of approximately 5,000 letters intended to recoup overpayments received by individuals who were affected by disasters in prior years. LETTER # # # Media Contact: Adam Comis at (202) … Continue Reading


May 11, 2011

Transportation Security Cuts Should Be Restored

(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 the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House Appropriations Committee and its Homeland Security Subcommittee outlining concerns over, and requesting reinstatement of, recent cuts to the Transportation Security Grant Program (TSGP), a federal homeland security grant program administered by the Federal Emergency Management … Continue Reading


April 12, 2011

TSA's Crew Access System Must Include Biometric IDs and All Aircraft Crew

(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 John S. Pistole, Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, urging that as an aircraft expedited crew access system at U.S. airports is considered by TSA, that it include both pilots and flight attendants and also include a biometric … Continue Reading


March 16, 2011

Seattle Incident Shows Privacy Assessment Needed for TSA Pat-Downs

March 16, 2011 (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 John S. Pistole, Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration regarding the screening incident of Alaska State Representative Sharon Cissna in Seattle earlier this month. LETTER # # # Media Contact: Adam Comis at (202) … Continue Reading


February 01, 2011

Thompson Calls on King to Broaden Scope of Muslim Radicalization Hearing

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Rep. Peter King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, calling on him to broaden the scope of his planned American Muslim radicalization and homegrown terrorism hearing to include all forms of domestic extremism. LETTER # # # Media Contact: Adam Comis at (202) … Continue Reading

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