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February 04, 2015

Thompson Statement on Anthem Breach

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement following news that Anthem, a major provider of health insurance, was hacked resulting in a data breach of personal information of its customers. The Anthem insurance company breach is another in a long line of breaches that continue to have a deep and disheartening effect on consumer behavior and the smooth flow of commerce both here at home and … Continue Reading


February 03, 2015

DHS Funding Games Impact Local First Responder Grants

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement on the current state of funding for the Department of Homeland Security and the impact on grant funding. Earlier today, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson released a statement on the matter. As Secretary Johnson underscored today, the appropriations crisis that the Department of Homeland Security is enduring has wide-scale impacts well beyond … Continue Reading


February 02, 2015

Thompson Statement on FY 2016 Budget Request for DHS

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the President's FY 2016 Budget Request for the Department of Homeland Security: I commend the President for his efforts to return the budget and appropriations process to regular order, and to force Congress to deal with the disastrous and arbitrary sequestration cuts that threaten our national security and domestic priorities. Overshadowing … Continue Reading


January 27, 2015

CBP Must Improve Supply Chain Security Policies

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement in response to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on the Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) role in supply chain security. Since August 2007, CBP has been required to ensure that all U.S.-bound maritime cargo containers be scanned at foreign ports before being placed on vessels headed to the U.S. In the report, entitled "Supply Chain Security … Continue Reading


January 23, 2015

TSA Should Reverse Decision to Redact Report

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement in response to a redacted Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) report released today on the "Audit of Security Controls for DHS Information Systems at John F. Kennedy International Airport" (OIG-15-18). This report contains findings and recommendations for improving security controls for the Department of Homeland Security's … Continue Reading


January 21, 2015

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Air Marshal

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement on news that the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled in favor of a former air marshal whistleblower: I'm pleased that the Supreme Court maintained the whistleblower protection Congress intended under the Homeland Security Act. The 240,000 employees of the Department of Homeland Security need to know that their employee rights are protected if they come forward … Continue Reading


January 14, 2015

Thompson Welcomes New Democratic Members and Subcommittee Ranking Members

January 14, 2015 (WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, announced the subcommittee Ranking Members and the new Democratic membership of the Committee for the 114th Congress. Subcommittee Ranking Members: Border and Maritime Security - Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX) Counterterrorism and Intelligence - Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY) Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection & Security Technologies - Rep. Cedric L. … Continue Reading


January 13, 2015

Chairmen, Ranking Members Release Statements on President's Cybersecurity Information Sharing Proposal

(WASHINGTON) - The Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the House Committee on Homeland Security on Tuesday issued these statements responding to the president's proposed cybersecurity information sharing bill: Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security said: The cyber threat is ever-evolving. The Obama Administration is to be commended for working to keep pace and tackling some of … Continue Reading


January 13, 2015

Thompson Floor Statement Opposing the Consideration of the GOP's DHS Spending Bill

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, delivered the following remarks on the House floor against H.Res. 27 - Providing Consideration for H.R. 240, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act: Just over one month ago, I stood on this floor urging the Majority to allow Members of this chamber to fund the Department of Homeland Security in the Omnibus. The Majority did not listen. In the past month, even as the … Continue Reading


January 12, 2015

Thompson Statement on Republican Homeland Security Funding Bill

WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement on the House Republicans' Homeland Security funding bill for FY2015: The Republican's Homeland Security spending bill released Friday is yet another example of the Republicans playing politics with homeland security. The House Majority has escalated their political gamesmanship by including poison pill amendments to stop immigration reform that will not be … Continue Reading


January 07, 2015

Thompson Statement on the Terrorist Threat and the Need to Fund DHS

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement on the terrorist threat and funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS): Every day there are reminders of the diverse nature of the terrorist threat that we face. Today it was the deadly terrorist attack in Paris. Yesterday it was a bombing of an NAACP office in Colorado Springs, and just last month it was the Sony cyber attack. These incidents … Continue Reading


January 06, 2015

Thompson, Cummings, Conyers Issue Statement Renewing Call for Police Reform Hearings

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Reps. Elijah E. Cummings, John Conyers Jr., and Bennie G. Thompson, Ranking Members of the House Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, the Judiciary, and Homeland Security, issued a joint statement reiterating their request for a series of in-depth hearings into the issues raised by the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and others, as well as the role Congress can play in implementing broader criminal justice reform. As we begin the 114th Congress and … Continue Reading


December 18, 2014

Thompson Statement on Secret Service Panel Report

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement on the United States Secret Service Protective Mission Panel report (executive summary): For far too long the Secret Service has suffered from systemic problems and a failure of leadership. The independent review panel's findings indicate that the Secret Service needs new direction. I echo the sentiments of Secretary Johnson—the Secret Service must commit … Continue Reading


December 12, 2014

TSA Uses Discredited Behavior Detection Program to Provide PreCheck Screening

(WASHINGTON) - Today, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) PreCheck program. The report, titled "Aviation Security: Rapid Growth in Expedited Passenger Screening Highlights Need to Plan Effective Security Assessments" (GAO-15-150), found that TSA developed and expanded a program (Managed Inclusion) that relies on Behavior Detection Officers to determine who gets PreCheck screening. GAO found that TSA did so to reach … Continue Reading


December 11, 2014

Thompson Statement Opposing CRomnibus

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement in opposition to the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act (H.R. 83) also known as the CRomnibus. Congressman Thompson spoke on the House floor today to oppose the rule for consideration of the Cromnibus (H.R. 83). This legislation is another gimmicky bill that provides piece-meal funding and undermines critical national security programs. … Continue Reading


December 02, 2014

Thompson Statement on Right Wing Plans for Homeland Security Funding

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement on a proposal to possibly consider Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding under a continuing resolution. Last month, after years of Congressional inaction, the President announced a series of actions that the Administration will take to begin to fix our broken immigration system. In response, a faction of the House Majority is trying to penalize DHS by … Continue Reading


December 02, 2014

Hearing Statement of Ranking Member Thompson - Immigration Reform

(Washington) - Today, Committee on Homeland Security Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) delivered the following opening statement for the full Committee hearing entitled Open Borders: The Impact of Presidential Amnesty on Border Security: Since 1956, Presidents have granted temporary immigration relief to impacted individuals on 39 separate occasions; therefore, it would seem that changes outlined by President Obama on November 20 are not outside the bounds of Presidential … Continue Reading


November 21, 2014

Thompson Announced as Homeland Security Ranking Democrat

(WASHINGTON) - Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) issued the following statement today after being nominated by the House Democratic Caucus to return as Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security for the 114th Congress: I am honored to be chosen by my colleagues to return as Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to help protect and secure our nation from all threats. When we work in a bipartisan … Continue Reading


November 20, 2014

Thompson Statement on Immigration Action

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement on the President's address to the nation detailing action he will take to fix the country's immigration system: I commend the President for taking this bold step to begin to bring change to our broken immigration system. This action, similar to those taken by previous presidents, is simply the right thing to do in the wake of inaction by Congress. It will … Continue Reading


November 13, 2014

Report on White House Fence Jumper Reveals Problems with Secret Service Culture, Lack of Resources

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement on the Executive Summary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Report on the White House Incursion Incident of September 19, 2014. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson tasked Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to investigate the incident at all levels. This report indicates that the Secret Service's response at the White House … Continue Reading