Statement : Homeland Security

April 2, 2019 Statement
"After making significant new investments in your workforce and to equip it with advanced security technologies in the bill for fiscal year 2019, I was disappointed to see that the president’s fiscal year 2020 budget proposes a cut to TSA’s funding."
March 26, 2019 Statement
Admiral Schultz, I want to welcome you to your first hearing before this subcommittee. We are pleased to have you testifying before us today. I would also like to thank you, and the thousands of “Coasties” you have the privilege of leading, for your service to the Coast Guard and our country. Nearly a year into your tenure as commandant, we look forward today, to a good discussion of your observations and vision for the future.
March 13, 2019 Statement
Director Krebs, congratulations on being named the first director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. We have spoken about some of the challenges you and CISA face, and I want to reaffirm my commitment to helping you address those challenges. As you know, election security has been a major focus of this subcommittee, and for the second year in a row, we have supported significant increases to your budget to address these vulnerabilities to ensure that our election system is secure and reliable.
March 12, 2019 Statement
FEMA has a demanding job. Congress has given FEMA very broad and flexible authority and a difficult mission. We ask FEMA to help people and communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from some of the worst days they will ever face. FEMA employees do this frequently, and with long periods away from home and families. And we fully recognize that no matter how many times FEMA does amazing things, it is usually the things that don’t go well that get reported in the media and to members of Congress. While this subcommittee is very supportive of FEMA, its employees, and its mission, that does not abrogate our responsibility for vigorous oversight. During this hearing, and as we work with you going forward, we intend to ask tough questions. This is not to make things more difficult, but to ensure we are fully informed as part of our responsibility to see that FEMA carries out its mission in a fast, efficient, and effective manner.
March 6, 2019 Statement
"There are many critical areas for oversight of the Department of Homeland Security. Therefore, it is fitting to formally begin our hearings with the Office of Inspector General, which is perhaps in the best position inform us about how the Department of Homeland Security is doing."