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House Armed Services Committee Introduces “By Request” NDAA Bill; Mattis and Dunford to Testify at Armed Services and Appropriations Hearings; Trump Administration Considering Expansion of Laptop Ban

Legislative Activity House Armed Services Committee Introduces “By Request” NDAA Bill On June 7, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) introduced H.R. 2810, the “by request” version of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This procedural measure is traditionally the first step in the legislative process … Continue Reading

Lawmaker Introduces Defense Acquisition Reform Bill; Lawmakers Introduce Federal Immigration Legislation

Legislative Activity House Armed Services Chairman Introduces Defense Acquisition Reform Bill On May 18, Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, introduced the Defense Acquisition Streamlining and Transparency Act (H.R. 2511), a defense acquisition reform bill. The draft legislation would allow the Pentagon to use e-commerce for commercial-off-the-shelf items and streamline the defense contract … Continue Reading

“Buy American” Executive Order Could Impact U.S. Foreign Military Sales;

Legislative Activity This Week’s Hearings: On Wednesday, May 17, the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces has scheduled a hearing titled “Military Space Organization, Policy, and Programs.” On Wednesday, May 17, the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Airland has scheduled a hearing titled “United States Military Small Arms Requirements.” On Thursday, May 18, the … Continue Reading

“Buy American” Provisions Could Impact Pentagon; Federal Judge Bars Government From Withholding Funds to Sanctuary Jurisdictions; Local Officials Meet With Attorney General, Senior ICE Official To Discuss Sanctuary Policies

Legislative Activity “Buy American” Provisions Could Impact Pentagon Former Defense officials are concerned that tightening “Buy American” provisions might affect the Pentagon’s ability to procure the best technology, following President Donald Trump’s April 18 Executive Order (EO) calling for an expansive review of existing federal procurement programs to increase government procurement of U.S.-made products. During a … Continue Reading

Democratic Senate Staff Report Examines Costs of Proposed Border Wall; President Trump Signs Buy American and Hire American Executive Order; Trump Administration Warns “Sanctuary Cities” on Grant Funding

Legislative Activity Democratic Senate Staff Report Examines Costs of Proposed Border Wall On Tuesday, April 18, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee minority staff released a report detailing the costs of the Trump Administration’s proposed concrete wall along the United States’ southern border. The report, which claims the wall could cost nearly $70 … Continue Reading

House Hearing Examines Enforcement of US Immigration Law; Armed Services Chair, Air Force Nominee Oppose CR; Trump Administration Calls on Jurisdictions to Enforce Immigration Requirements; Trump Administration Appeals Federal Court Ruling on Immigration Executive Order

Legislative Activity House Hearing Examines Enforcement of US Immigration Law On Tuesday, March 28, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security held a hearing titled “Restoring Enforcement of our Nation’s Immigration Laws” that featured the following witnesses: The Honorable Thomas Hodgson, Sheriff, Bristol County, Massachusetts; Jessica Vaughn, Director of Policy Studies, Center for … Continue Reading

Lawmaker Predicts Bigger Pentagon Budget, Chance of BRAC Round; Lawmakers Warn Full Year CR Would Disrupt Military Training; Trump Administration Releases Report on Compliance with Detention Requests

Legislative Activity Lawmaker Predicts Bigger Pentagon Budget, Chance of BRAC Round Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), believes that Congress will ultimately agree to fund the Department of Defense above the $603 billion requested by President Donald Trump for FY 2018, but not as high as some Republican … Continue Reading

Administration Transmits FY 2017 Supplemental Funding Request to Congress; President Trump Names Boeing Executive as Deputy Defense Secretary; Federal Courts Stay Implementation of Revised Travel Ban

Legislative Activity Administration Transmits FY 2017 Supplemental Funding Request to Congress This week, the Trump Administration provided Congress with its supplemental appropriations request for the remainder of FY 2017.  The supplemental requests an additional $3 billion in funds for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including funds for US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) infrastructure and border … Continue Reading

President Trump Signs Updated Executive Order on Travel to the US; DHS Secretary Condemns Attacks on Jewish Institutions

Legislative Activity This Week’s Hearings: On Wednesday, March 15, the Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing titled “Vows for Visas: Investigating K-1 Fiance Fraud.” On Wednesday, March 15, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has scheduled a business meeting to consider the nomination of the Honorable Elaine Duke to be Deputy Secretary, U.S. … Continue Reading

House Panel to Consider Proposed Changes to Investor Visa Program

Legislative Activity House Panel to Consider Proposed Changes to Investor Visa Program This week, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to consider changes to the EB-5 investor visa program proposed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS).  The EB-5 program is designed to bolster the U.S. economy … Continue Reading

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Issues EO Implementation Memos

Legislative Activity This Week’s Hearings: On Tuesday, February 28, the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications has scheduled a hearing titled “The Future of FEMA: Recommendations of Former Administrators.” The witnesses will be announced. On Tuesday, February 28, the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence has scheduled a hearing … Continue Reading

Lawmakers Unveil Report, Legislation to Strengthen U.S. Aviation Security; Homeland Security Committee Unveils February Terror Threat Snapshot; House Panel Discusses Border Security; Court of Appeals Upholds Stay Against Trump Travel Ban; Administration Considering Other Options

Legislative Activity Lawmakers Unveil Report, Legislation to Strengthen U.S. Aviation Security On Monday, February 6, the majority staff of the House Homeland Security Committee released a report titled “America’s Airports: The Threat From Within.” The report recommends nine ways to assist airports, airlines, and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to address insider threats facing the … Continue Reading

Federal Judge Denies Trump Administration Request to Restore Travel Ban

Legislative Activity This Week’s Hearings: On Tuesday, February 7, the House Homeland Security Committee has scheduled a hearing titled “Ending the Crisis: America’s Borders and the Path to Security.” On Wednesday, February 8, the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support has scheduled a hearing titled “Current Readiness of U.S. Forces.” On Wednesday, … Continue Reading

New Executive Order Suspends U.S. Refugee Program, Visa Issuance; Lawmakers Call for Sequestration Repeal; Other Executive Actions

Legislative Activity Lawmakers Call for Sequestration Repeal Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, has enlisted other lawmakers in urging House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to repeal Pentagon spending limits mandated by the 2011 Budget Control Act. Twenty-four Republicans have signed on to the letter, which seeks a floor … Continue Reading

Senate Armed Services Committee Unveils Subcommittee Leaders, Budget White Paper; Trump Defense and Homeland Security Officials Assume Duties

Legislative Activity Senate Armed Services Committee Unveils Subcommittee Leaders, Budget White Paper On Wednesday, January 18, the Senate Armed Services Committee announced subcommittee chairmen and ranking members for the 115th Congress, including for a newly-created panel on cybersecurity: Subcommittee on AirLand: Tom Cotton (R-AR), Chair/ Angus King (I-ME), Ranking Member Subcommittee on Cybersecurity: Mike Rounds … Continue Reading

Lawmakers Pledge Regular Reauthorization of Homeland Security Agency; Senate Panel Considers Trump DHS Secretary Nominee; Obama Administration Ends “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” Policy for Eligible Cuban Nationals

Legislative Activity Lawmakers Pledge Regular Reauthorization of Homeland Security Agency On Wednesday, January 11, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) released a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by chairmen of eight House committees with jurisdiction over the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The MOU serves as an agreement between the eight lawmakers to work together to … Continue Reading

Senate Panels Prepare for Trump Cabinet Confirmation Hearings; Lawmakers Concerned About Future of DACA and DAPA Programs; Trump Transition Requests Information on Potential Border Wall

Legislative Activity Senate Panels Prepare for Trump Cabinet Confirmation Hearings This week, Senate lawmakers will begin a number of hearings to consider President-Elect Trump’s Cabinet nominees. On Wednesday, January 11, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing to consider the nomination of Gen. John Kelly to be Secretary of the … Continue Reading

House Approves DHS Provisions in Defense Authorizing Bill; Chairman McCaul Introduces DHS Reform Measure

Legislative Activity House Approves DHS Provisions in Defense Authorizing Bill On Friday, December 2, the House of Representatives approved the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (S. 2943) conference report by a vote of 375 to 34. The bill’s homeland security provisions: Direct the Secretary of Defense to coordinate unmanned aerial systems training missions along … Continue Reading

Op-Ed: “Homeland Security: Three Policy Actions for the Trump Administration”

Legislative Activity This Week’s Hearings: On Wednesday, November 30, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Initial Observations of the New Leadership at the U.S. Border Patrol.” Executive Branch Activity Op-Ed: “Homeland Security: Three Policy Actions for the Trump Administration” Sam Adcock, Senior Policy Advisor at Squire Patton Boggs, … Continue Reading

McCaul Unveils Counterterrorism Strategy, Including TSA Overhaul; Lawmakers Advance TSA and Counterterrorism Measures

Legislative Activity McCaul Unveils Counterterrorism Strategy, Including TSA Overhaul On Tuesday, September 20, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) unveiled a counterterrorism strategy containing over 100 policy prescriptions and principles designed to combat the rise of global terrorism. The 35-page document, “A National Strategy to Win the War Against Islamist Terror,” follows on … Continue Reading

Lawmakers Debate Security as Commercial Flights to Cuba Take Off; TSA Improves Security Wait Times at U.S. Airports

Legislative Activity Lawmakers Debate Security as Commercial Flights to Cuba Take Off Earlier this year, the House Homeland Security Committee had been considering legislation banning U.S. commercial flights to Cuba until the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) assessed the country’s airport security practices. Commercial air service between the two countries resumed for the first time in … Continue Reading

House Panel Holds Hearing on FEMA Response to Louisiana Floods; Homeland Security Issues Terrorism Advisory Update to Law Enforcement

Legislative Activity House Panel Holds Hearing on FEMA Response to Louisiana Floods On Friday, September 9, the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Transportation and Public Assets held a hearing titled “Oversight of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Response to the Baton Rouge Flood Disaster.” The hearing examined the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) … Continue Reading

Congress Focuses on Iran, Syria, North Korea and Cyber Security, as well as Funding the Federal Government and Possibly Reconciling the Defense Authorization Measure; President Obama to Meet with State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma

Last week, President Barack Obama returned to Washington early Friday morning from his Asia-Pacific trip, as the U.S. Congress advanced S. 2040, Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), to his desk.  President Obama honored the victims of the 9/11 attack Sunday morning in a ceremony at the Pentagon. North Korea reportedly conducted its fifth … Continue Reading

House Republicans Unveil Counterterrorism Legislation

Legislative Activity House Republicans Unveil Counterterrorism Legislation On Friday, July 1, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) introduced H.R. 5611, the Homeland Safety and Security Act, in response to the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and other recent acts of terror around the world. The bill would amend the Homeland Security Act … Continue Reading
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