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July 17, 2019

Chairwoman Rice to Lead Committee on Homeland Security Trip to Rio Grande Valley to View Migrant Conditions at the Border

(WASHINGTON) - This Friday, Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Committee on Homeland Security's Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations Subcommittee, will lead a committee member trip to the Rio Grande Valley to examine the migrant conditions at the border. The group will visit CBP facilities around McAllen, Texas, including a Border Patrol station, processing center, holding facility, and port of entry - in addition to a Department of Health and Human Services … Continue Reading


June 25, 2019

TOMORROW: Committee to Hold Hearing with Social Media Company Executives on Terrorist Content and Misinformation

(WASHINGTON) - Tomorrow, the Committee on Homeland Security will hold a hearing with high-ranking executives from Facebook, Twitter, and Google to examine the companies' efforts to counter online terrorist content and misinformation. Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on tomorrow's hearing: "As social media becomes more ubiquitous in our daily lives, tech companies have an obligation to ensure their platforms … Continue Reading


May 07, 2019

TOMORROW: Committee to Hold Hearing Dedicated to Domestic Terrorism

(WASHINGTON) - Tomorrow, the Committee on Homeland Security, Chaired by Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), will hold a hearing dedicated to understanding and countering domestic terrorism. Since 2011, Congressman Thompson and Committee Democrats have requested hearings focused on domestic terrorism from Committee Republicans eight times. All eight were ignored or denied. During that same time, there have been numerous incidents and deaths at the hands of domestic terrorists in the United … Continue Reading


April 02, 2019

Chairwoman Rice to Lead Trip to Texas to Observe Border Situation Firsthand

(WASHINGTON) - This week, Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Committee on Homeland Security's Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations Subcommittee, will lead a trip to the southern border to examine Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operations. The group will visit processing centers, ports of entry, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers; and survey firsthand the current state of operations for processing asylum seekers and migrant families. Joining … Continue Reading


February 22, 2019

Chairman Thompson to Headline Discussion on the State of the Homeland

(WASHINGTON) - On Tuesday, February 26th, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, will headline a discussion at The German Marshall Fund of the United States on his legislative and oversight priorities for the 116th Congress and the current state of the homeland. WHO: Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security Discussion with Dr. Karen Donfried, President of The German Marshall Fund of the United … Continue Reading


February 20, 2019

Chairman Thompson to Lead Trip to Southern Border, Examining CBP Infrastructure and Meeting with Stakeholders

(WASHINGTON) - Tomorrow, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, will lead a trip to the southern border to examine Customs and Border Protection (CBP) processing centers, ports of entry, and border security technology. Joining Chairman Thompson on the trip will be Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM), Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Oversight, Management, and Accountability, and Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX). Along with examining CBP facilities and … Continue Reading


January 23, 2019

Congressional Panel Discussion on Effects of Shutdown on Frontline Homeland Security Personnel

(WASHINGTON) - This Thursday, January 24th, House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) will host a panel discussion on how the partial federal government shutdown is negatively impacting our nation's frontline homeland security personnel and agencies. Former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh C. Johnson will deliver opening remarks. For 32 days, the Department of Homeland Security - which includes the Transportation Security Administration, the United States Coast … Continue Reading


September 14, 2018

Congressional Hurricane Maria Conference

(WASHINGTON) - On Thursday, September 20th, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), Ranking Member of the Committee on Small Business, and Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), Ranking Member of the Committee on Natural Resources, will sponsor a Congressional conference on Hurricane Maria marking one year since the catastrophic storm made landfall on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The conference will feature three … Continue Reading


August 06, 2018

Congressional Panel Discussion Tomorrow on the Mental Health Needs of Victims of Terrorism

(WASHINGTON) - Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 7th, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, will sponsor a Congressional panel discussion entitled “Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Victims of Terrorism.” The panel discussion will explore the mental health implications of terrorist attacks, available government services, best practices from advocacy groups, and possible policy responses. Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Victims of … Continue Reading


July 19, 2018

Congressional Panel Discussion Tomorrow on the Impact of Climate Change on Public Health and Natural Disasters

(WASHINGTON) - Tomorrow, Friday, July 20th, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, will sponsor a Congressional panel discussion, entitled “Addressing the Impact of Climate Change on Public Health and Natural Disasters.” The panel discussion will be an opportunity to hear from policy experts on how the Federal government should incorporate climate change in its preparedness plan for natural disasters and how it should work to mitigate the public … Continue Reading


July 16, 2018

Congressional Panel Discussion Tomorrow on Healthcare Sector Cybersecurity

(WASHINGTON) - Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 17th, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, will sponsor a Congressional panel discussion on the cybersecurity posture of the healthcare sector. The discussion, entitled “Cybersecurity in Healthcare: What Cyber Attacks Mean for Hospitals, Doctors, and Patients” will be an opportunity to hear from industry practitioners and policy experts on how the medical community - from hospitals to local public health … Continue Reading


July 10, 2018

Congressional Panel Discussion on Human Trafficking and Mental Health

(WASHINGTON) - On Thursday July 12th, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, will sponsor a Congressional panel discussion on the mental health implications of surviving human trafficking. The discussion, entitled “The Realities of Human Trafficking: Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Survivors” will include perspectives from subject matter experts and will provide Congress and the public with an opportunity to learn more about what human … Continue Reading


June 20, 2018

Congressional Panel Discussion Today on the Family Separation Crisis

(WASHINGTON) - On Wednesday, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, will sponsor a Congressional panel discussion on the family separation crisis. The discussion, entitled “Immigration Policy Failures: from Family Separation to Detention Practices” will include perspectives from subject matter experts and will provide Congress and the public with an opportunity to learn more about the long-term effects family separation and detention has on … Continue Reading


June 18, 2018

Democratic Members to Visit Separated Children

(BROWNSVILLE, TX) — On Monday, June 18th at 1:00 PM CST, Congressman Filemon Vela will host a roundtable with Members of Congress and local immigration advocates regarding the family separation crisis. Last month, the Trump Administration instituted a “zero tolerance” immigration plan, designed to deter undocumented families from entering the country. The policy has had the inevitable effect of ripping children from their parents’ arms while they await prosecution. Children have been … Continue Reading


June 06, 2018

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Will Hold Press Conference on New Hurricane Maria Mortality Numbers, Recovery Effort in Puerto Rico

(WASHINGTON) On Wednesday, June 6th at 9:30 a.m. ET, Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) will host a press conference to bring attention to the new mortality numbers, released by Harvard University that drastically increased the estimated number of deaths caused by Hurricane Maria and the ongoing recovery effort in Puerto Rico. Although eight months have passed since Hurricane Maria made landfall, millions of Puerto Ricans are still without power or water. The President’s … Continue Reading


March 06, 2018

House Democrats Call on Republican Congress to Uphold their Oath of Office & Protect Elections from Russian Attacks

(WASHINGTON) - Today, March 6th - at the start of the 2018 election season - House Democrats are holding a press conference to release a new letter to the Appropriations Committee Republican leadership calling for necessary funds to protect our nation’s ongoing elections from the threat of repeated Russian attacks. It has been over a year since Russia’s unprecedented assault on the country’s elections in 2016 - including targeting 21 states’ voting systems. These attacks exposed serious … Continue Reading


February 13, 2018

Election Security Task Force to Hold Press Conference Releasing Final Report & Legislation

Tomorrow, February 14th, the Congressional Task Force on Election Security, chaired by House Committee on Homeland Security Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) and Committee on House Administration Ranking Member Robert Brady (D-PA) will hold a press conference releasing its Final Report including ten specific recommendations on what the federal government and states can and should be doing to secure our nation’s elections. The Members of the Task Force will also introduce legislation to … Continue Reading


January 08, 2018

Pelosi, Ranking Members to Hold Press Conference on House Republicans’ Inaction to Sufficiently Investigate Russia’s Threat to Our Democracy

(WASHINGTON) House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Ranking Members Eliot Engel, Maxine Waters, Jerry Nadler, and Bennie Thompson, as well as Vice Ranking Member Gerry Connolly will hold a press conference tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. E.T. to highlight House Republicans’ inaction to sufficiently investigate and address Russia’s threat to our democracy and national security. This press conference comes as we mark one year since the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s report confirming … Continue Reading


October 31, 2017

House Dem Leaders to Hold Press Conference with San Juan Mayor

WHO Joe Crowley (D-NY), Chairman of the Democratic Caucus Carmen Yulín Cruz, Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member Committee on Homeland Security Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) WHEN November 1 at 10:30 a.m. WHERE HVC-210 Alcove — Capitol Visitor Center WATCH LIVE Only accredited media are eligible to attend. # # # Media contact (Homeland Security Committee): Adam Comis at (202) … Continue Reading


October 20, 2017

Election Security Task Force to Hold Second Public Forum

(WASHINGTON) - On Tuesday, October 24th, the Congressional Task Force on Election Security, will hold its second public forum: Securing America’s Elections: Preparing for 2018 and Beyond. The task force will hear from Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, Virginia Elections Commissioner Edgardo Cortés, and Commissioner and Vice-Chair of the Election Assistance Commission, Thomas Hicks. The forum will focus on steps states are taking to secure their elections, and what the federal … Continue Reading

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