Chairwoman Roybal-Allard Statement at Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Request for the United States Secret Service

2022-05-25 14:14

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Chair of the Homeland Security Subcommittee, delivered the following remarks at the Subcommittee's hearing on the Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Request for the United States Secret Service:

I would like to welcome James Murray, Director of the United States Secret Service, who is here to discuss his agency’s operations and the fiscal year 2023 budget request.

Director Murray, you are charged with two primary missions: protecting the President, key officials, and foreign dignitaries; and investigating threats to our currency and financial systems and infrastructure.

While this may not be a presidential transition or campaign year, the Secret Service has a heavy protective workload, with several national special security events tentatively planned, including the U.N. General Assembly in New York City.

In addition, the agency is protecting a comparatively large number of additional protectees – beyond the President, Vice President, and their families, and the former Presidents – including a small number of former officials from the prior administration who were assigned protection by the last President and whose protection has been temporarily extended by the current President.

I hope you will use this hearing as an opportunity to provide us with a candid assessment of whether your budget request is sufficient to carry out your protection responsibilities.

We also want to hear details about your challenges related to cyber fraud investigations and maintaining a workforce hiring pipeline and training capacity aligned with current and future staffing requirements.

Also, before I turn to the Ranking Member, while I understand that you are addressing the situation in South Korea this past weekend, I would like you to update the Committee.

I look forward to our discussion this afternoon. 

117th Congress