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April 20, 2021

TOMORROW: Hearing on the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General

(WASHINGTON) - On Wednesday, April 21, the Committee on Homeland Security, chaired by Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), will hold a virtual hearing with officials from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG). This hearing will give members an opportunity to examine the challenges facing the DHS OIG based on GAO's preliminary findings and recommendations in its review of the office - and also assess the … Continue Reading


April 16, 2021

Barragán to Visit Rio Grande Valley to Provide Oversight of Migrant Conditions at the Border

McAllen, Texas - Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán, Chairwoman of the Committee on Homeland Security's Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations Subcommittee, will visit Texas' Rio Grande Valley tomorrow to examine the migrant conditions at the southern border. Over the course of the oversight visit the Congresswoman will meet with Border Patrol leadership, visit processing facilities, emergency intake sites, as well as meet with non-profits and immigration advocates. Chairwoman … Continue Reading


April 08, 2021

Congresswoman Escobar, Chairman Thompson, and El Paso Leaders to Hold Press Conference on Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas’ Visit to El Paso

(El Paso, TX) - Today, April 8 at 11:00 a.m. MT, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security Bennie G. Thompson (MS-02), El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser, El Paso County Judge Ricardo A. Samaniego, El Paso Fire Chief and Managing Director for Public Safety Chief Mario D'Agostino, and immigration advocates will hold a press conference following Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas' visit to El Paso. WHO Congresswoman Veronica Escobar … Continue Reading


March 23, 2021

TOMORROW: Congressional Hearing on State and Local Response to Domestic Terrorism

(WASHINGTON) - On Wednesday, March 24th, the Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism, chaired by Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI), will hold a virtual hearing with top state officials examining state and local response to domestic terrorism and the Capitol siege. This hearing will provide Members the opportunity to discuss, 1) existing state terrorism statutes and other laws used to prosecute individuals engaged in acts of domestic terrorism, 2) how states coordinate with the Federal … Continue Reading


March 09, 2021

NEXT WEEK: Hearing with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

(WASHINGTON) - On Wednesday, March 17th, the Committee on Homeland Security, chaired by Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), will hold a hearing with Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas on the future of the Department of Homeland Security in the wake of the Trump Administration's four years of mismanagement and misuse of the Department. This will be Secretary Mayorkas's first appearance before Congress since his confirmation. This virtual hearing will stream live on YouTube and on our … Continue Reading


February 23, 2021

TOMORROW: Hearing on the COVID-19 Pandemic One Year Later

(WASHINGTON) - Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 24th, the Committee on Homeland Security, chaired by Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), will hold a hearing entitled "Confronting the Coronavirus: Perspectives on the COVID-19 Pandemic One Year Later." As 500,000 Americans have lost their lives due to COVID-19, the Committee will assess response and relief efforts since it held the first COVID-19 Congressional hearing on March 4, 2020. This hearing will provide Members the opportunity to receive … Continue Reading


February 22, 2021

Oversight and Homeland Security Committees to Hold Hearing on Role of Private Tech in the SolarWinds Breach and Ongoing Campaign

(WASHINGTON) - On Friday, February 26, 2021, at 9:00 a.m., Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, will hold a joint hearing examining recent cybersecurity incidents affecting government and private sector networks, including the supply chain attack targeting SolarWinds Orion Software and other cyberattacks. The SolarWinds cyberattack, first uncovered in mid-December, 2020, by … Continue Reading


February 09, 2021

TOMORROW: Congressional Hearing on Cyber Threats Facing the Nation

(WASHINGTON) - On Wednesday, February 10th, the Committee on Homeland Security, chaired by Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), will hold a hearing with former Federal government cybersecurity officials and cybersecurity experts on the full range of cyber threats facing the nation. This hearing will be the Committee's first in a series that will assess the nation's approach to cybersecurity, which includes the ongoing investigation into the events of the Solar Winds cyberattack that affected … Continue Reading


February 02, 2021

THURSDAY @ 10AM: Congressional Hearing on the Domestic Terrorism Threat in the Wake of the Attack on the Capitol

(WASHINGTON) - On Thursday, February 4th, the Committee on Homeland Security, chaired by Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), will hold a hearing examining the ongoing domestic terrorism threat in the wake of the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol. This hearing will be the Committee's first in its ongoing investigation into the events of that day as well as the Federal response to the attack and the domestic violent extremism threat. This hearing will provide Members the opportunity to 1) … Continue Reading


December 16, 2020

TOMORROW: Chairman Thompson to Speak at Atlantic Council Event on Congressional Oversight of DHS

(WASHINGTON) - On Thursday, December 17th, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, will speak at the Atlantic Council event: "The Future of DHS Project: Time to Reform Congressional Oversight of the Department of Homeland Security." This will be a virtual event. WHO: Chairman Thompson WHAT: "The Future of DHS Project: Time to Reform Congressional Oversight of the Department of Homeland Security." WHEN: Thursday, December 17, 2020 @ 4:45 p.m. … Continue Reading


September 29, 2020

TOMORROW @ 10AM: Hearing on DHS’ Management of Trusted Traveler Programs

(WASHINGTON) - Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 30th, the Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, & Operations, chaired by Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY), will hold a hearing examining the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) management of trusted travelers programs. Members will question Robert Perez, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner, regarding the inaccurate and misleading testimony provided to the Committee by senior Departmental officials after residents of … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

MONDAY: Rice, Watson Coleman, Barragán to Hold Virtual Forum on Migrant Care in ICE Detention Facilities

(WASHINGTON) - On Monday, September 21st, Members of the Committee on Homeland Security, including Reps. Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) and Nanette Barragán (D-CA), will hold a virtual forum with immigration advocates and experts on the conditions and standards of care in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities. On Monday, in conjunction with the forum, the Committee will also release its majority staff report concluding a year-long … Continue Reading


September 16, 2020

TOMORROW @ 9AM: Congressional Hearing on Worldwide Threats

(WASHINGTON) - Tomorrow, Thursday, September 17th, the Committee on Homeland Security, chaired by Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), will hold its annual worldwide threats hearing. Members will question key government witnesses about terrorism threats and how the Federal government is addressing those threats to protect the homeland. This hearing will be streamed live on YouTube (link below). The hearing will focus on international terrorism threats, including the threats to the homeland … Continue Reading


August 27, 2020

TOMORROW: Congressional Hearing on Election Security and Ensuring Every Vote Counts

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Friday, August 28th, the Committee on Homeland Security, chaired by Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), will hold a hearing to discuss election integrity issues facing voters and election officials in the 2020 election, and identify actions that Federal, state, and local officials can undertake now to ensure the integrity of elections in November. The hearing will also include discussions of the role the United States Postal Service (USPS) plays in the delivery of mail … Continue Reading


July 21, 2020

Congressional Hearing on the Worsening Coronavirus Pandemic with FEMA Administrator Gaynor

(WASHINGTON) - Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 22nd, the Committee on Homeland Security, chaired by Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), will hold a hearing on the national response to the worsening coronavirus pandemic. This hearing will allow Members to question FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor about the Federal government's coronavirus response and the various shortcomings that have plagued the Administration's response since the beginning. The Committee invited the Department of Health and … Continue Reading


July 15, 2020

Congressional Hearing on the Deaths of Children in CBP Custody and Unlawful Spending by CBP

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Wednesday, July 15th, the Committee on Homeland Security, chaired by Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), will hold a virtual hearing on the tragic deaths of two children in Customs and Border Protection care in 2018, the resulting deficient Inspector General investigation, and a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report out today. The GAO report found that CBP has misspent emergency funds meant for migrant medical care, does not properly train its employees on the … Continue Reading


July 14, 2020

Congressional Hearing Examining FEMA’s Role in Procuring and Distributing Pandemic Supplies

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Tuesday, July 14th, the Committee on Homeland Security will hold a virtual joint subcommittee hearing on FEMA's role in leading the procurement and distribution of pandemic supplies, such as personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical medical equipment, in response to COVID-19. The joint hearing will be an opportunity for Members of the Oversight, Management, & Accountability Subcommittee, Chaired by Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM), and the Emergency … Continue Reading


July 13, 2020

Congressional Hearing Examining ICE Contractors’ Response to COVID-19

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Monday, July 13th, the Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, & Operations, chaired by Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY), will hold a virtual hearing examining U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) contractors' response to COVID-19. This hearing will allow Members to examine the actions undertaken by for of ICE contractors - CoreCivic, the GEO Group, LaSalle Corrections, and the Management & Training Corporation - to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within … Continue Reading


July 07, 2020

Congressional Hearing on the National Response to the Worsening Coronavirus Pandemic

(WASHINGTON) - This Wednesday, July 8th, the Committee on Homeland Security, chaired by Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), will hold a virtual hearing on the national response to the worsening coronavirus pandemic. This hearing will allow Members to question state and local leaders about the impact of COVID-19 on their communities and the failures of the Trump Administration's response to the pandemic. The hearing will also be an opportunity to discuss ways to improve pandemic response … Continue Reading


June 02, 2020

Chairman Thompson & Rep. Cleaver to Hold Virtual Forum on the Need to Keep the Postal Service Running During COVID-19

(WASHINGTON) - On Wednesday, June 3rd, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) will host a forum on the national security nexus of U.S. Postal Service operations during the coronavirus pandemic. Members will discuss how the failure to keep the Postal Service fully operational would severely - and needlessly - undermine the government's ability to provide basic services. Members will be joined by John McHugh of The … Continue Reading

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