Tag Archives: Department of Homeland Security

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

Homeland Security and Agriculture Issues Intersect: Agro-Terrorism Bills Introduced in Both Chambers; House Committee to Hold Markup

Legislative Activity Homeland Security and Agriculture Issues Intersect: Agro-Terrorism Bills Introduced in Both Chambers; House Committee to Hold Markup This week, the House Homeland Security Committee will mark up a bill, H.R. 1238, the “Securing Our Agriculture and Food Act,” introduced on February 28 by Reps. David Young (R-IA), Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ), and Daniel … 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

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

Lawmakers Pass Counterterrorism Measures in Wake of Orlando Shooting; The Department of Homeland Security Issues New Terrorism Advisory; President Obama Travels to Orlando

Legislative Activity Lawmakers Pass Counterterrorism Measures in Wake of Orlando Shooting On Thursday, June 16, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 5471, the Counter Terrorist Radicalization Act, which combines three previously-passed bills to counter terrorist recruitment and extremism, by a vote of 402 to 15.  House leaders repackaged the measures – H.R. 4401, the … Continue Reading

Lawmakers Approve Reallocated Funds for TSA

Legislative Activity Lawmakers Approve Reallocated Funds for TSA House appropriators followed on their Senate colleagues and approved reallocated funds for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to address growing screening lines over the summer.  Rep. John Carter (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, indicated that agency heads have already cautioned that they may … Continue Reading

Look Ahead: 2017 Appropriations

Legislative Activity Look Ahead: FY 2017 Appropriations Lawmakers are currently debating their priorities for FY 2017, including funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and related agencies.  President Obama’s FY 2017 budget request includes a proposed $908.8 million increase in the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) fees by raising airline passenger fees by $1 per … Continue Reading

Senior Senate Democrat Criticizes Cuts to State/Local Homeland Security Program

Legislative Activity Senior Senate Democrat Criticizes Cuts to State/Local Homeland Security Program Shortly after President Obama unveiled his FY 2017 budget request, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) highlighted significant cuts proposed to the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI).  UASI funds provide state and local authorities with financial assistance for the prevention, mitigation, response to, and recovery from … Continue Reading

Lawmakers React to Paris Attacks; Appeals Court Maintains Block on President’s Immigration Plans

Legislative Activity Lawmakers React to Paris Attacks The world reacted with sorrow and outrage following a series of attacks across Paris on Friday, November 13.  While the French continued to mourn the scores lost, the Hollande government stepped up airstrikes in Syria against ISIL, which claimed responsibility for the attacks. Lawmakers quickly began to into … Continue Reading

CISA Final Vote Expected on Tuesday

Legislative Activity Senate Will Vote on CISA Final Passage on Tuesday Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has scheduled a final vote on the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA/S. 754) for Tuesday. After months of waiting for the bill to be considered on the Senate floor, the Senate finally began debate of CISA last week … Continue Reading

House Panel to Consider Port Security

Legislative Activity House Panel to Consider Port Security This week, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation will hold a hearing on “The Prevention of and Response to the Arrival of a Dirty Bomb at a U.S. Port.”  In a memo accompanying the hearing announcement, the Subcommittee staff explained that … Continue Reading

House Homeland Security Committee Will Mark up Cyber Legislation; Obama and Xi Announce Cyber Agreement

Legislative Activity House Homeland Security Committee Will Mark up Cyber-Related Legislation On Wednesday, the House Homeland Security Committee will mark up the Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity Strategy Act of 2015 (H.R. 3510), which would direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop an internal cybersecurity strategy. The bill is in response to DHS’s … Continue Reading

Administration Announces It Will Accept At Least 10,000 Additional Syrian Refugees During FY 2016; Administration Announces Changes to Visa Waiver Program

Legislative Activity Administration Announces It Will Accept At Least 10,000 Additional Syrian Refugees During FY 2016 This week, the Administration announced it would accept up to 10,000 additional refugees fleeing conflict in Syria during the next fiscal year. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State Foreign Operations, has said … Continue Reading

House Appropriations Panel Approves Homeland Security Spending Bill, Scrutinizes “Sanctuary City” Policies

Legislative Activity House Appropriations Panel Approves Homeland Security Spending Bill, Scrutinizes “Sanctuary City” Policies This week, the House Appropriations Committee approved its FY 2016 spending bill funding homeland security programs. The measure provides $39.3 billion in discretionary funding for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), $337 million below the amount enacted for FY 2015 … Continue Reading

Senate Appropriations Panel Approves Homeland Security Spending Bill; Senate Set to Vote on Transportation Security Administration Nominee; House Considers DHS-Related Legislation, While Panel Addresses Airport Screening Concerns

Legislative Activity Senate Appropriations Panel Approves Homeland Security Spending Bill This week, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its FY 2016 Homeland Security spending bill. The measure, adopted 26-4, provides $40.213 billion in funds for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), $765 million above the FY 2015 enacted levels but $1.2 billion less than requested … Continue Reading

Homeland Security IG Testifies Before Congressional Committee; TSA Nominee Questioned by Senate Homeland Security Committee

Legislative Activity Homeland Security IG Testifies Before Congressional Committee On Tuesday, June 9, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General John Roth testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee regarding oversight of the Transportation Secretary Administration (TSA). Mr. Roth’s testimony comes just as TSA continues to address the results of covert … Continue Reading
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