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June 23, 2015

Interoperable Communications Strategy Bill to Become Law

(WASHINGTON) - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the final version of H.R. 615, the Department of Homeland Security Interoperable Communications Act, sponsored by Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security's Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications Subcommittee, together with full Committee Ranking Member Thompson, Full Committee Chairman McCaul, and Subcommittee Chairman McSally. H.R. 615 requires DHS to create and submit … Continue Reading


May 20, 2015

Democratic Homeland Security Bills Pass Committee

(WASHINGTON) - Today, the Committee on Homeland Security reported out three Democrat-sponsored bills that address administrative and security challenges at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and aim to improve our nation's homeland security infrastructure. H.R. 1646, the "Homeland Security Drone Assessment and Analysis Act" is sponsored by Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ). She released the following statement on her bill being approved by Committee: "In order to tap into the … Continue Reading


April 30, 2015

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Address Vulnerabilities in TSA Expedited Screening

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, along with Rep. John Katko (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee's Transportation Security Subcommittee, and Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Ranking Member of the Committee's Transportation Security Subcommittee, introduced H.R. 2127, the Securing Expedited Screening Act, to address serious security vulnerabilities identified by the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General and the … Continue Reading


April 23, 2015

Bipartisan Cybersecurity Bill Overwhelmingly Passes House

(WASHINGTON) - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act (H.R. 1731) by a vote of 355-63. This bipartisan legislation is the result of months of stakeholder outreach and collaboration and represents another step towards securing our nation's cyberspace by promoting the sharing of timely, cybersecurity threat information between and among the private sector and the Department of Homeland Security. During consideration, Rep. Bennie G. … Continue Reading


April 22, 2015

Sunset Provision Added to Cyber Legislation

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on passage of a bipartisan amendment he cosponsored to the Protecting Cyber Networks Act (H.R. 1560). The amendment, sponsored by Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), will sunset the provisions in the legislation after 7 years. Last week, in the Committee on Homeland Security, Ranking Member Thompson offered a similar amendment to the National Cybersecurity … Continue Reading


April 13, 2015

Thompson, Richmond Statement on Cybersecurity Legislation

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA), Ranking Member of the Committee's Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies Subcommittee, released the following statement regarding the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act. This legislation was introduced today and will be marked up in committee tomorrow. "The legislation introduced today is another bold step … Continue Reading


January 26, 2015

Thompson Statement on GOP Border Bill Being Pulled

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement on news that the Republican leadership has pulled H.R. 399 from consideration this week: "I am pleased that the Republicans came to their senses and pulled H.R. 399 from consideration this week. They can blame inclement weather all they want - but we all know that it was the storm clouds over this bill and its murky prospects that are the real drivers. … Continue Reading


January 21, 2015

Markup Statement of Ranking Member Thompson - H.R. 399

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Committee on Homeland Security Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) delivered the following opening statement for the full Committee markup of H.R. 399 - the so-called 'Secure Our Borders First Act of 2015': "Mr. Chairman: today's proceedings will set the tone for the 114th Congress. The approach you are taking to advance H.R. 399, the so-called 'Secure the Border First Act'—a measure that could turn out to be one of the most significant pieces of legislation to … Continue Reading


January 21, 2015

Thompson Statement on Republican Border Bill

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement on H.R. 399, the so-called 'Secure Our Borders First Act of 2015'. The bill is scheduled to be marked up today. "After working across the aisle on border security legislation just last year, it is extremely unfortunate that Chairman McCaul has quickly abandoned it to placate the most extreme factions of the Republican Conference. To be clear: this new bill … Continue Reading


December 21, 2014

President Signs Critical Cyber Security Bills into Law

(WASHINGTON) - President Obama signed into law Thursday four bipartisan bills that will modernize, strengthen, and improve our nation's cyber security defenses. The measures are the first major cyber security bills to become law in several years. The bills - now law - reflect the work of Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Ranking Member Tom Coburn (R-Okla.); House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Tex.), Ranking … Continue Reading


December 11, 2014

Landmark Cybersecurity Legislative Package Clears House and Senate

(WASHINGTON) - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the final two pieces in a package of critical cybersecurity bills. Taken together, these measures would for the first time codify the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) cybersecurity mission in law and provide long sought-after authority to utilize special hiring authority to improve its workforce to tackle the cybersecurity challenge. The legislation, listed below, are the product of thorough oversight and legislative … Continue Reading


December 10, 2014

Thompson Aviation Security Bill Clears House and Senate

(WASHINGTON) - Today, the House of Representatives, by a vote of 416 to 5, passed the Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act (H.R. 1204), authored by Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security. This final vote is to concur with some improvements regarding transparency that the Senate made to the legislation which passed yesterday. The House of Representatives originally passed the bill in December 2013. This legislation authorizes the Aviation … Continue Reading


July 29, 2014

Thompson, Wyden Introduce Common Sense Reforms To Reign in Runaway Over-Classification

(WASHINGTON) - At a time when the federal government spends more than $11 billion classifying more than 80 million documents each year, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced legislation to restore common sense to the classification and security clearance system, while strengthening protections against disclosure of information that could threaten national security. Thompson, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, and Wyden, a senior member … Continue Reading


July 28, 2014

House Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Attack

(WASHINGTON) - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 3696, H.R. 2952, and H.R. 3107 - bipartisan legislation to strengthen efforts to combat cyber attacks on our critical infrastructure through the distribution of cyber threat information, the development and procurement of new technologies and support for DHS's cybersecurity workforce. Specifically, the House passed H.R. 3696, the National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act, introduced by … Continue Reading


January 15, 2014

Homeland Security Subcommittee Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Attack

(WASHINGTON) - Today, the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies passed, by voice vote, H.R. 3696, the National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2013. The bipartisan H.R. 3696 was introduced in December by Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), as well as Subcommittee Chairman Patrick Meehan (R-PA) and Subcommittee Ranking Member Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY). McCaul, Thompson, … Continue Reading


December 11, 2013

Committee on Homeland Security Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Attacks

(WASHINGTON) - Today, U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies Subcommittee Chairman Patrick Meehan (R-PA), and Subcommittee Ranking Member Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY) introduced H.R. 3696, the "National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2013" (NCCIP Act). Cyber hackers and other states seeking to steal, disrupt or … Continue Reading


December 03, 2013

House Passes Thompson Aviation Security Bill

(WASHINGTON) - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1204, the Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act, legislation introduced by Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security. This bipartisan bill passed by a vote of 411-3. It authorizes the Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC) in law to ensure that stakeholders are consulted and included in TSA's aviation security policy efforts, particularly when there are plans to change … Continue Reading


November 22, 2013

Bill Ensures Security is Key to CBP Preclearance

(WASHINGTON) - Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security's Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee, introduced the "Putting Security First in Preclearance Act" (H.R. 3575). This bill would require a security assessment before the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can expand customs preclearance operations to new countries and airports such as Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. It would also preclude a foreign government or person from … Continue Reading


September 23, 2013

Visa Overstays Targeted in Bipartisan Biometric Exit Bill

(WASHINGTON) - Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), senior member on the House Committee on Homeland Security and former chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, and current chairwoman Representative Candice Miller (R-MI) today announced introduction of H.R. 3141, the Biometric Exit Improvement Act of 2013. A July U.S. Government Accountability Office report stated that there are currently more than one million unmatched arrival records, indicating that the Department of … Continue Reading


September 20, 2013

REP. PAYNE INTRODUCES SAFE IN OUR SCHOOLS ACT

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) introduced H.R. 3158 - the "Secure America for Education in Our Schools Act" or the "S.A.F.E. in Our Schools Act," which would require each State applying for State Homeland Security Grant Program funding to certify that it requires schools to have adequate emergency preparedness plans in place in case of disaster. At the Subcommittee hearing entitled, "Assessing the Nation's State of Preparedness: A Federal, State, and Local … Continue Reading