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July 27, 2017

Election Security Task Force Receives First Briefing

(WASHINGTON) - The Congressional Task Force on Election Security, chaired by Committee on Homeland Security Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) and Committee on House Administration Ranking Member Robert Brady (D-PA) received its first information gathering briefing to inform its work on securing our election systems. The Task Force was briefed by the Brennan Center For Justice on its new report: Securing Elections From Foreign Interference. Brennan Center experts offered specific … Continue Reading


July 26, 2017

Thompson Statement on Border Wall Funding in So-Called ‘Security Minibus’

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the inclusion of funding for President Trump's border wall in H.R. 3219 - “Make America Secure Appropriations Act, 2018”: “Including funding for the President’s wall makes it clear that this bill is not about making America secure. It is absurd that that the Republican Majority is rushing to pass legislation to fund the President’s pet project … Continue Reading


July 21, 2017

Report: TSA Unable to Scientifically Validate Behavior Detection Program

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement on a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on the potential scientific validation of the Transportation Security Administration's behavior detection program. In the report requested by Ranking Member Thompson and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Transportation and Protective Security Subcommittee, GAO found: TSA does … Continue Reading


July 20, 2017

Thompson, Brady Announce Election Security Task Force Members

(WASHINGTON) - Today, the Co-Chairs of the Congressional Task Force on Election Security - Committee on Homeland Security Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) and Committee on House Administration Ranking Member Robert Brady (D-PA) - announced the membership of the new Task Force. After Russia meddled in the 2016 election and infiltrated the voting systems in at least 21 states, this Task Force was established to focus on how to bolster the security of election infrastructure ahead of … Continue Reading


July 14, 2017

Rep. Watson Coleman Introduces Resolution of Inquiry to Push for Trump Conflict of Interest Investigation

(WASHINGTON) Today, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Vice Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, introduced a Resolution of Inquiry directing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide the Committee on Homeland Security with all information and documents it possesses related to payments made by DHS for Trump Organization or Trump family member travel in furtherance of Trump Organization business. This information could include any documentation of … Continue Reading


July 14, 2017

Ranking Member Thompson Delivers Weekly Democratic Address

(WASHINGTON) - Congressman Bennie G. Thompson of Mississippi, Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, delivered the Weekly Democratic Address. In this week's address, Thompson highlighted the need to get to the bottom of Russian interference in U.S. elections and highlighted the launch of the Congressional Task Force on Election Security to determine how to protect our nation's election system in the future. More information on the Task Force can be found here. Video and audio … Continue Reading


July 11, 2017

Thompson to POTUS: Cancel Russia Cyber ‘Unit’ and Focus on Filling Positions at DHS

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to President Trump demanding he clarify his statements regarding his plan to set up an “impenetrable Cyber Security Unit” with Russia. The plan, announced at the G-20 summit, provoked widespread criticism until the President subsequently suggested he did not “think it can happen.” Meanwhile, there remain numerous vacancies in the Department of Homeland Security and its … Continue Reading


June 29, 2017

Thompson: Administration Not Answering Questions on Travel Ban Implementation

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on tonight’s partial reinstatement of President Trump’s revised travel ban: “Just hours before the President’s unconstitutional and misguided travel ban takes partial effect tonight, Administration officials briefing Congress were unwilling or unable to provide meaningful answers about how they determined whom the ban would affect, why the ban would … Continue Reading


June 29, 2017

Pelosi, Thompson, Brady Announce Election Security Task Force

(WASHINGTON) - Today, as the nation prepares to celebrate July 4th, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Committee on Homeland Security Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), and Committee on House Administration Ranking Member Robert Brady (D-PA) announced the formation of a Task Force to ensure the health and security of our nation’s election systems. The Congressional Task Force on Election Security will address the lack of action to protect electoral infrastructure following Russia … Continue Reading


June 28, 2017

Thompson Statement on New Aviation Security Measures

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement following Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly’s announcement on DHS requiring enhanced security measures for all flights to the United States: “Today’s announcement from Secretary Kelly highlights the complicated and evolving nature of ensuring the security of flights coming to the United States. As DHS implements its new policies, it is … Continue Reading


June 16, 2017

Thompson Statement on the Anniversary of the Charleston Church Shooting

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on tomorrow’s anniversary of the shooting at the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina: “This Saturday marks the two year anniversary of the domestic terror attack on Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The nine lives lost that day will forever be etched in the hearts of Americans everywhere. Today should serve … Continue Reading


June 16, 2017

Thompson Statement on Administration Plans for DAPA, DACA

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on news from the Administration that it has rescinded the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program and plans to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. "The Administration rescinding the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans program is not only mean-spirited, but will force … Continue Reading


June 14, 2017

Thompson Statement: H.R. 2825, the Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act

Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following opening statement for the full committee markup of H.R. 2825, the Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act of 2017: This September will be the sixteenth anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks that prompted Congress to establish the Department of Homeland Security. Today’s markup comes at a critical time for the Department whose mission includes preventing … Continue Reading


June 12, 2017

Thompson Statement on the One-Year Anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub Shooting

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement to mark the one-year anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub Shooting in Orlando Florida: “Today marks the one year anniversary of our nation’s deadliest mass shooting: a terror attack which tragically claimed the lives of 49 men and women. This act of terror and hate targeting the LGBT community will never be forgotten. This anniversary will forever serve … Continue Reading


May 23, 2017

Thompson Statement on Trump’s Homeland Security Budget Request

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on President Trump’s FY 2018 budget request: The FY 2018 budget submitted by the President is a disgrace. It reflects his fundamental misunderstanding of the Federal government’s role in national security. Not even a day has passed since an ISIS suicide bomber viciously killed innocent teenagers at a concert in the UK, and this President wants to … Continue Reading


May 18, 2017

Sheriff Clarke Has No Business Serving at DHS

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on news reports of David Clarke’s potential appointment, without Senate confirmation, at the Department of Homeland Security Office of Public Engagement: “Although the Department of Homeland Security refuses to say if this selection has been made, it is very clear that Clarke has no business serving the American people, period. His tenure as Sheriff … Continue Reading


April 28, 2017

Homeland Insecurity: Trump’s Failed 100 Days

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement and infographic on the homeland security implications of President Trump’s first 100 days in office: “The number one job of the President and the executive branch is to keep our nation - and its people - safe and secure. However, the first 100 days of this Administration has been marked by a lack of strategy and a hodgepodge of ill-conceived policies … Continue Reading


April 26, 2017

DHS VOICE Office Perpetuates Fear of Immigrants

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the Department of Homeland Security’s establishment of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement VOICE Office: “The establishment of this office sends a message that the Trump Administration is fixated on continuing to stir fear of immigrants while spreading myths about undocumented immigrants and crime. Looking at the facts, it is clear that there is … Continue Reading


April 25, 2017

Thompson Statement on Secret Service Director Appointment

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the appointment of Randolph D. “Tex” Alles as Director of the United States Secret Service: “With his experience in law enforcement, I hope Director Alles can continue to bring needed reform to the Secret Service that began in the previous Administration. After a busy campaign season and a change in administration, it is clear the Service’s … Continue Reading


April 05, 2017

Republicans Reject Russia Hack Investigation Resolution

(WASHINGTON) - Today, the House Committee on Homeland Security rejected a Resolution of Inquiry (H.Res 235) sponsored by Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) and cosponsored by all Committee Democrats that would direct the Department of Homeland Security to provide the Committee with all information it possesses pertaining to Russia interfering with the 2016 Presidential election - including all information pertaining to Russia hacking of U.S. citizens and institutions last year. This … Continue Reading