Tag Archives: Homeland security

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

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

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

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

Lawmakers Continue Focus on TSA Wait Times, While House Spending Panel Approves TSA Funding for FY 2017; Government Officials React to Deadliest Shooting in US History, Worst Terror Attack Since 9/11

Legislative Activity Lawmakers Continue Focus on TSA Wait Times, While House Spending Panel Approves TSA Funding for FY 2017 The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security approved its draft FY 2017 appropriations measure on Thursday, June 9, including $7.6 billion for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), $163 million more than in FY 2016 and $21.8 … Continue Reading

Congress Set to Finalize Major Cybersecurity Information-Sharing Legislation; House Passes Measure Tightening Visa Waiver Program, Next Steps Unclear

Legislative Activity Congress Set to Finalize Major Cybersecurity Information-Sharing Legislation Before adjourning for the holidays, lawmakers could move on compromise cybersecurity legislation after weeks of informal negotiations to secure final language.  The measure is expected to merge three separate bills aimed at increasing information sharing between the government and businesses.  Ongoing debate over several privacy … Continue Reading

U.S. Secret Service Allegedly Released Information on Congressional Leader; Senior Administration Officials to Testify on “Threats to the Homeland”

Legislative Activity U.S. Secret Service Allegedly Released Information on Congressional Leader This week, allegations surfaced that the U.S. Secret Service (USSS) had leaked sensitive information on Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) just as the Congressman had been investigating the agency.  An Inspector General’s report found that senior USSS officials released information on the head of the … 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

Congress Continues Oversight of Aviation Security Agency

Legislative Activity Congress Continues Oversight of Aviation Security Agency On Thursday, July 23, the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security advanced three measures aimed at strengthening the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), after covert TSA testing earlier this year found airport screeners failed to detect prohibited items in 67 out of 70 test cases. The … 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

Appropriations Process on the Floor Comes to a Standstill, in Both Houses; Heading Towards a Shutdown or a Continuing Resolution

Legislative Activity Appropriations Process on the Floor Comes to a Standstill, in Both Houses After an unplanned public fight over a confederate flag amendment in the Interior-Environment Appropriations Bill the House appropriations process has stalled, effectively bringing appropriations efforts on the floor for both Houses of Congress to a standstill just three weeks before the … Continue Reading

House Appropriations Panel to Consider Homeland Security Measure; House Judiciary Committee to Hold DHS Oversight Hearing

Legislative Activity House Appropriations Panel to Consider Homeland Security Measure This Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee will meet to consider its draft FY 2016 bill funding homeland security programs. The Subcommittee on Homeland Security unanimously approved the measure, which provides $39.3 billion in discretionary funding, on Thursday, July 9. Though the subcommittee vote was unanimous, … Continue Reading

Congress Avoids DHS Shut-Down, Passes Short-Term Funding Measure; Republicans Appoint Hall As CBO Director

Legislative Activity Congress Avoids DHS Shut-Down, Passes Short-Term Funding Measure Funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will again be the top priority on the congressional agenda this week after both a “clean” full-year continuing resolution (CR) and a three-week CR failed to advance in the House, forcing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) … Continue Reading

Congress Avoids DHS Shut-Down; Senate Intelligence Prepares Cybersecurity Information-Sharing Bill; President Authorizes Creation of New Government Agency

Legislative Activity Congress Avoids DHS Shut-Down With only hours to spare before the midnight Friday deadline, the House and Senate passed a stop-gap measure extending funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by one week, delaying a long-term solution to the current partisan impasse but avoiding a temporary shut-down of the agency. In remarks … Continue Reading

DHS Funding Deadline Nears; Budget and Appropriations Committees at Work; Republicans Narrow Search for New CBO Director

Legislative Activity DHS Funding Deadline Nears Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding expires on Friday, February 27, leaving only days for Congress to act to fund DHS. The Senate has not been able to overcome a Democratic filibuster of the House DHS funding legislation (H.R. 240), which includes policy riders blocking the President’s executive actions … Continue Reading

House Gives DHS Flexibility in CR

Legislative Activity Congress Set to Extend FY 2014 DHS Budget in Continuing Resolution On September 9, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) introduced a draft continuing resolution (CR, H.J. Res. 124) to fund the federal government at the FY 2014 spending levels through December 11, 2014. Chairman Rogers announced, “Virtually all existing policy and … Continue Reading

Senate to Mark Up FY 2015 DHS Appropriations; Congress Continues Focus on Unaccompanied Minor Immigrants

Legislative Activity Senate to Mark Up FY 2015 DHS Appropriations The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security has announced that it will mark up the FY 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations bill on Tuesday, June 24. The Senate 302(b) spending allocation for homeland security is $45.9 billion, which is $6.7 billion more than the House’s homeland … Continue Reading

CFATS Bill Advances; DHS Acquisition Reform Approved; House GOP Spars Over Immigration and Border Security; GAO Criticizes TSA Body Scanners

Legislative Activity CFATS Bill Advances On April 30, the House Homeland Security Committee reported out of committee by voice vote Rep. James Meehan’s (R-PA) Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program Authorization and Accountability Act (CFATS) of 2014 (H.R. 4007). This bill would provide multi-year funding for DHS’s chemical facility security program, insure that the Department of … Continue Reading

Renewed Call for Improved Airport Perimeter Security; DHS Secretary Johnson Meets with Key Immigration Stakeholders

Legislative Activity Renewed Call for Improved Airport Perimeter Security After a 15-year-old California boy survived a five-and-a-half hour stowaway trip last week, Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA) resubmitted a request sent in February by some of his fellow House Homeland Security Committee members to the Government Accountability Office to perform a review of airport perimeter security … Continue Reading

House Passes Coast Guard Reauthorization; Congress Debates Oil Spill Responder Training; House Committee Advances CFATS Bill

Legislative Activity House Passes Coast Guard Reauthorization On April 1, the House of Representatives passed by voice vote the Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014 (H.R. 4005), which was introduced by House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA). This bill would authorize $17.5 … Continue Reading

DHS Names Acting ICE Leader; Congress Introduces Passport Enforcement Bill; DHS Selects Urban Security Grant Recipients

Legislative Activity DHS Names Acting ICE Leader Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson has announced that Deputy Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Thomas Winkowski – who most recently served as acting director of CBP – will become the acting principal deputy assistant director of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), where he will … Continue Reading

OMB Releases DHS FY 2015 Budget Request; HSGAC Leaders Support DHS Nominees; House Passes Flood Insurance Bill

Legislative Activity OMB Releases DHS FY 2015 Budget Request On March 5, the Office of Management and Budget released President Barack Obama’s FY 2015 Budget Request, which recommends $38.2 billion in funding for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), approximately $1 billion less overall than the level of funding appropriated to the agency under … Continue Reading
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