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November 08, 2017

Thompson, Watson Coleman, Keating Agree with TSA Administrator: Agency Needs More Resources

(WASHINGTON) - Today, during his first appearance before the House Committee on Homeland Security, David Pekoske, the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, signaled that TSA needs more resources to effectively secure our aviation sector. For example, President Trump's budget request included a reduction for TSA funding for FY 2018. It also did not include funding for next generation screening technology, which has been adopted in other countries. Under current law, … Continue Reading


November 01, 2017

Top Judiciary, Homeland, & CBC Dems on Trump’s Call to End the Diversity Visa Program

(WASHINGTON) Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Committee on Homeland Security Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-LA), CBC Second Vice Chair and Co-Chair of the CBC Task Force on Foreign Affairs and National Security Karen Bass (D-CA), and CBC Member-At-Large and Chair of the CBC Immigration Working Group Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), issued the following joint statement regarding President … Continue Reading


October 30, 2017

Republicans Protect Trump Administration and Cancel Hearing with San Juan Mayor

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement after Committee Republicans canceled Wednesday’s hearing “Assessing FEMA’s Preparedness and Response Capabilities” with FEMA Administrator Brock Long and San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz. No reason or rescheduled date was given. "I invited the Mayor of San Juan to testify before our Committee’s hearing on FEMA’s preparedness and response … Continue Reading


October 11, 2017

Thompson Statement on DHS Secretary Nomination

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement on news that the President will nominate Kirstjen Nielsen to be Homeland Security Secretary: “I am pleased that the President will finally put forward a nomination for Secretary of Homeland Security after letting the critical national security position remain vacant as the nation faced multiple major hurricanes and a domestic terrorism attack. I am … Continue Reading


October 06, 2017

Ranking Member Thompson Joins CODEL to Puerto Rico

(WASHINGTON) - Tomorrow, Saturday October 7th, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, will join a bipartisan Congressional delegation to Puerto Rico to survey hurricane damage and the government response. “It is clear that the real story of what is happening in Puerto Rico is not coming through. Our fellow citizens are in a humanitarian crisis and need our help. Most of the island is without adequate access to food, water, and power and we … Continue Reading


October 05, 2017

Republicans Join Democrats in Voting Against Trump’s Border Wall Requirements

(WASHINGTON) - The House Committee on Homeland Security yesterday took two votes that unanimously rejected key features of President Trump's Border Wall plan. This occurred while the Committee was considering H.R. 3548 - also known as the Taking Americans' Land to Build Trump's Wall Act. While Democrats squarely oppose President Trump's Wall, Committee Republicans joined Democrats in rejecting the notion that Mexico should pay for Trump's Wall and rejecting President Trump's own requirements … Continue Reading


October 02, 2017

Thompson Statement on Las Vegas Shooting

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the mass shooting in Las Vegas last night: “Today, our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Las Vegas and all who were affected by the terrible mass shooting last night. We are forever thankful to the first responders who put their lives on the line to help those in need. Mass shootings have been too common in recent years and it is clear … Continue Reading


September 30, 2017

Statement on Trump's Saturday Morning Tweets Attacking Puerto Rico

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on President Trump’s abhorrent tweets attacking Puerto Rico: "The President's tweets today attacking the Puerto Rican people and the Mayor of San Juan are abhorrent, baseless, and are beneath the dignity of the office of the Presidency. Although unsurprising and quite predictable, it is pathetic that the President has decided to attack - with the not … Continue Reading


September 27, 2017

Thompson: Federal Response in Puerto Rico Woefully Inadequate

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the current situation and federal response in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands following Hurricanes Irma and Maria: “It is painfully clear that the devastation in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands point to a woefully inadequate federal response after the islands received direct hits from two major hurricanes. If not immediately … Continue Reading


September 22, 2017

Thompson Statement on DHS Notifying States of Election Targeting

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the news that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has notified each state and territory whether or not their election systems were targeted during the 2016 election: “Russia’s priority in undermining confidence in our democratic institutions was clear during last year election and will only growing stronger. To counter this, there must be a … Continue Reading


September 13, 2017

Thompson Statement on DHS Kaspersky Directive

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on news that the Department of Homeland Security has issued a binding directive barring Kaspersky Lab software from Federal networks: “The 2016 election brought home the ongoing cyber threat posed by Russia and, since then, questions about the risks of Federal IT networks using this Russian-based firm’s software have intensified. To date, DHS had only … Continue Reading


September 11, 2017

New Report Analyzes Government Progress on Key Homeland Security Mandates

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, commemorated the sixteenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks by releasing a detailed review of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) progress at meeting critical homeland security mandates set forth in The Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (P.L. 110-53). This staff report analyzes the status of DHS efforts regarding ten of the most prominent … Continue Reading


September 05, 2017

Thompson Statement on Trump Administration Ending DACA

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on news the Trump Administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: "Just when you thought this President and his craven Administration couldn't stoop any lower, they now go after the most vulnerable. This is an atrocious and heartless decision to end a program that gave hope to nearly a million, brought them out of … Continue Reading


August 31, 2017

Thompson: Administration Must Focus on Harvey Recovery, Not Wasteful Wall

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the Customs and Border Protection announcement of awards for border wall prototypes: "Today's border 'wall' announcement from DHS to advance the President's pet project is incredibly tone deaf as flood waters from Hurricane Harvey still ravage Texas and Louisiana. The Department of Homeland Security's top priority should be its emergency response … Continue Reading


August 16, 2017

Republicans Unwilling to Address Domestic Terrorism

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement in response to Chairman McCaul’s response to Committee Democrats’ request for hearings on domestic terrorism: "Chairman McCaul's response to Democrats' request yesterday for hearings on domestic terrorism is completely inadequate. The September 12 hearing to cover worldwide threats is an annual hearing that was scheduled prior to the domestic terrorism … Continue Reading


August 13, 2017

Thompson Calls for Immediate Action to Address Domestic Terrorism

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the domestic terrorism in Charlottesville, Virginia. "Yesterday's extremist activity in Charlottesville was terrorism, plain and simple. If Muslim men were the aggressors, my Republican colleagues would be decrying an act of terror. Instead we hear from many of them the same platitudes we have heard after too many recent domestic terrorism … Continue Reading


August 03, 2017

Thompson Marks 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement marking the 10th Anniversary of enactment of H.R. 1, The Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (P.L. 110-53). On August 3rd, 2007, President Bush signed H.R. 1, originally written and sponsored by then-Chairman Thompson. “Ten years ago, under the leadership of the new Democratic Congress, major legislation was enacted to make … Continue Reading


July 31, 2017

Report: No Shown Need for Immigration & Border Hiring Surge

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member on the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement on a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) special report on challenges that DHS is facing hiring law enforcement officers mandated by President Trump's Executive Orders. In the report, Challenges Facing DHS in Its Attempt to Hire 15,000 Border Patrol Agents and Immigration Officers, the IG found: U.S. Customs and Border … Continue Reading


July 28, 2017

Thompson Statement on Sudden DHS Secretary Vacancy

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the need for leadership at the Department of Homeland Security following the abrupt departure of Secretary John Kelly: “Unfortunately, as with most major decisions in this Administration, it is clear that this was rushed and not well thought out. The President and Republicans insisted the DHS Secretary be confirmed on day one but now the President … Continue Reading


July 27, 2017

Republicans Reject Resolution to Determine What the Trump Family & Brand is Costing Taxpayers

(WASHINGTON) - The House Committee on Homeland Security rejected a Resolution of Inquiry (H.Res. 447) sponsored by Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) that would have directed the Department of Homeland Security to provide all information related to payments it made for Trump Organization or Trump family travel in furtherance of Trump Organization business. In January, President Trump established a revocable trust to hold the Trump Organization for the "exclusive benefit of Donald J. Trump." … Continue Reading