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August 02, 2013

Rep. Gabbard Bill Supporting Wounded Warriors Sent to President for Signature

(WASHINGTON) - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved the bipartisan, bicameral Helping Heroes Fly Act (H.R. 1344). This widely supported measure improves airport security screening processes for wounded and severely disabled service members and veterans. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, introduced the bill as her first piece of legislation in the House in March and led its unanimous passage fewer than two months … Continue Reading


July 18, 2013

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Improve TSA's Acquisition Process

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) and Transportation Security Subcommittee Ranking Member Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA) joined Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Transportation Security Subcommittee Chairman Richard Hudson (R-SC) in co-sponsoring legislation to improve the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) acquisition process. The legislation was introduced today by Rep. Hudson. H.R. 2719, the … Continue Reading


May 21, 2013

House Passes Gabbard Bill to Support Wounded Warriors

(WASHINGTON) - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously (413-0) passed the bipartisan Helping Heroes Fly Act (H.R. 1344), sponsored by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI). This measure will improve airport security screening for wounded and severely disabled service members and veterans by ensuring personal privacy and consistent application of efficient screening procedures. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement … Continue Reading


May 09, 2013

Thompson Introduces Legislation to Extend Terrorism Risk Insurance Program

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, introduced the "Fostering Resilience to Terrorism Act of 2013" (H.R. 1945) to extend and enhance the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program for 10 years - which is set to expire next year. Congress enacted the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) in 2002 to increase the availability of terrorism risk insurance to at-risk American businesses by guaranteeing that the government would share some … Continue Reading


April 10, 2013

Thompson Introduces Bill to Reform TSA's Contract Screener Program

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, introduced the Contract Screener Reform and Accountability Act (H.R. 1455). He was joined by Reps. Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA). Companion legislation was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH). Based on data provided by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), over the last five years it has cost American taxpayers an additional $75 million to … Continue Reading


April 10, 2013

Thompson, Jackson Lee Join as Original Co-Sponsors of Bipartisan Border Security Legislation

(WASHINGTON) - 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 Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee, joined Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael T. McCaul (R-TX) as original co-sponsors of the Border Security Results Act of 2013 (H.R. 1417) - border security legislation that directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop a comprehensive border security strategy to gain and … Continue Reading


March 19, 2013

Rep. Thompson Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Close Flight School Loophole

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, along with Reps. Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA) and Patrick Meehan (R-PA), introduced H.R. 1245 - the Flight School Security Act. Under current law, flight instructors, pilot schools and aviation training centers can provide flight training to a U.S. citizen without checking with the Transportation Security Administration as to whether that person poses a homeland or national security … Continue Reading


March 15, 2013

Rep. Thompson Introduces Bill to Keep TSA in Check

(WASHINGTON) - Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, along with the Democratic members of the Committee's Transportation Security Subcommittee, introduced H.R. 1204 - to authorize the Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC) into law. ASAC, originally created in 1989 after the Pan American World Airways Flight 103, was created to ensure a proper dialogue between relevant stakeholders and policy makers when establishing robust aviation security … Continue Reading


November 27, 2012

Two Democratic Homeland Security Bills Pass House; One Sent to President

(WASHINGTON) - Today, the House of Representatives passed five bills originating from the Committee on Homeland Security. Two of these were authored by Democratic members - with one having already passed the Senate and will next go to the President's desk for signage. This bill is the "Jaime Zapata Border Enforcement Security Task Force Act" (H.R. 915), authored by Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX). It passed under a recorded vote of 397-4 and will authorize the "BEST" border security program, in … Continue Reading


July 19, 2012

Thompson Introduces Bill to Close Flight School Security Loophole

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, introduced the "Flight School Security Act of 2012" (H.R. 6159) to address a glaring security loophole that was revealed at a Transportation Security Subcommittee hearing yesterday. During questioning by Ranking Member Thompson, the Subcommittee learned that while aliens that seek training in U.S. flight schools are subject to security vetting by the Transportation Security … Continue Reading


June 28, 2012

Port and Aviation Security Bills Pass House

(WASHINGTON) - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed five Homeland Security bills. The legislation will help the Department of Homeland Security protect our nation's ports and foster better aviation security policy. Two of these bills were sponsored by Committee Democrats. The "Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act of 2011" (H.R. 1447) was sponsored by Committee on Homeland Security Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS). This bill would, for the first time, authorize … Continue Reading


June 06, 2012

Thompson TWIC Relief Proposal Unanimously Approved by Homeland Security Committee

(WASHINGTON) - Today, during consideration of a maritime security bill, the Committee on Homeland Security approved legislative language offered by Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), modeled after H.R. 1105, the "TWIC Program Act," to provide an extension of the validity of Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWICs). The language was included as section 206 of the "Securing Maritime Activities through Risk-based Targeting for Port Security Act" or "SMART Port Security Act" … Continue Reading


May 31, 2012

Democratic Homeland Security Bills Pass House

(WASHINGTON) - Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed five critical, bipartisan Homeland Security bills. The legislation will help the Department of Homeland Security protect the border, foster better intelligence and information sharing, and provide greater access to employment opportunities for veterans. Three of these bills were sponsored by House Democrats, including Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security Ranking Member Henry Cuellar … Continue Reading


April 24, 2012

Cyber Week

'Cyber Week' is April 23-27 in the U.S. House of Representatives Below are some helpful links on current events FLOOR DEBATE: Second April 26 Floor Statement Opposing CISPA (with Video) April 26 Floor Statement Opposing CISPA Rule (with Video) Floor Poster - Direct quotes from Republican Task Force PRIMARY CONCERNS: April 25 press release - 'CISPA Missing Critical Infrastructure Protection and Key Privacy Safeguards' April 23 press release - 'CISPA Needs Privacy Safeguards' Letter to … Continue Reading


October 13, 2011

Republicans Pass a DHS Authorization Bill In Name Only

(WASHINGTON) - Today, the Committee on Homeland Security completed consideration of the Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (H.R. 3116). Despite many Democratic efforts to better the legislation, the Republican majority failed to adopt most of them, resulting in almost every Democratic Member voting against the legislation. Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement following his vote … Continue Reading


July 07, 2011

Thompson, Homeland Security Democrats Introduce Boarding Pass Security Legislation

(WASHINGTON) - Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, along with five Democratic members of the Committee, introduced the False Travel Documents Prohibition Act of 2011 (H.R. 2431). The recent incident involving a passenger who was able to board a flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) using a boarding pass and identification that were not his own has highlighted a security vulnerability … Continue Reading


June 24, 2011

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED TO HELP GUARD AGAINST A WMD ATTACK IN THE UNITED STATES

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, introduced legislation that will begin implementing the recommendations of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission. "The Weapons of Mass Destruction Prevention and Preparedness Act of 2011" (H.R. 2356) would improve U.S. efforts to prevent, protect, respond, and recover from a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) attack in the United States, and is … Continue Reading


June 22, 2011

Richmond Introduces FEMA Recoupment Fairness Act

(WASHINGTON) - Representatives Cedric Richmond (D-LA) and Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, introduced legislation to prevent FEMA from recouping overpayments of disaster relief assistance from individuals affected by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. "The FEMA Recoupment Fairness Act" (H.R. 2265) applies if funds were dispersed because of an error by FEMA and there was no fault by the recipient. It does not apply if there is any evidence … Continue Reading


April 08, 2011

The Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, introduced "The Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act of 2011" (H.R. 1447). This legislation reestablishes and codifies the Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC) which was created in response to the Lockerbie terrorist bombing in 1988 and later transferred to the Transportation Security Administration in 2001. However, after playing a critical role in the development of … Continue Reading


March 17, 2011

Thompson TWIC Legislation Addresses Upcoming Mandatory Renewal

(WASHINGTON) - Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, has announced the introduction of H.R. 1105, the Transitioning With an Improved Credential (TWIC) Program Act. This legislation aims to address the upcoming renewal deadlines of TWIC. The TWIC program was created to protect the Nation's maritime transportation facilities and vessels by requiring maritime workers and other workers who need unescorted access to secure port facilities to obtain a … Continue Reading