Category Archives: U.S. Policy

Ranking House Foreign Affairs Committee members urge congressional involvement on Iran sanctions

Ed Royce

Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the committee’s ranking member, released a letter on Tuesday intended for President Barack Obama regarding sanctions against Iran. The letter noted that … Read More »

House Homeland Security Committee approves eight emergency communications, security bills

The U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security approved on Wednesday eight security and emergency communication bills. The committee unanimously passed the Department of Homeland Security Interoperable Communications Act. It also passed an amendment by Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) that would … Read More »

Lawmakers seek clarification on $5 billion counterterrorism fund

Robert Menendez

A proposed $5 billion counterterrorism fund by the White House that would be used to train allied countries to eliminate elements of al-Qaida or organized terrorism came under scrutiny last week by multiple legislators. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the chairman … Read More »

SIA praises passage of DHS acquisition reform measure

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The Security Industry Association (SIA), a trade association for electronic and physical security solution providers, praised the passage last week of the DHS Acquisition Accountability and Efficiency Act in the House of Representatives. The measure would require changes in DHS … Read More »

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson details agency priorities during congressional hearing

Jeh Johnson

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson outlined the agency’s priorities on Wednesday during a Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing. Johnson cited the shift toward combating al-Qaeda affiliates as the core leaders of the central organization have been … Read More »

State Department official details counterterrorism funding priorities during congressional hearing

Tina Kaidanow

Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism for the U.S. Department of State Tina Kaidanow detailed counterterrorism budget priorities for 2015 on Tuesday at a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade hearing. Kaidanow cited a shifting security landscape and President Barack … Read More »

White House defends proposed counterterrorism fund

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Obama administration officials recently defended a proposed $5 billion counterterrorism fund against charges that it was hastily conceived. The fund would allow the U.S. to equip and train American allies and indigenous forces to combat al-Qaeda and its associates in … Read More »

House Appropriations Committee approves defense bill for FY 2015

Hal Rogers

The House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2015 Defense Appropriations bill on Tuesday on a bipartisan voice vote. The legislation funds military operations abroad, quality-of-life programs for the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families, and … Read More »

Report details challenges faced by synthetic biological technologies

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Policy researchers released a report on Wednesday detailing the challenges faced by U.S. government agencies that regulate the use of sophisticated synthetic biology technologies to engineer plants and microbes. Researchers from the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), the University of … Read More »

National defense leaders urge Congress to reform homeland security

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A bipartisan group of more than 60 national defense leaders used a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal last week to urge Congress to reform the way it oversees homeland security. The 61 signatories said the current system jeopardizes … Read More »

Miller speaks on role of mitigation in building strong communities

David Miller

Mitigation programs developed by FEMA help to build stronger communities and a nation more resilient to disasters and terrorism, David Miller, the associate administrator of FEMA’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, said on Wednesday. Miller made the remarks during his … Read More »

Biodefense expert urges international collaboration

David R. Franz

Biodefense Expert and former Commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases David R. Franz urged lawmakers on Thursday to facilitate scientific and professional communication on biosecurity issues during a hearing on Capitol Hill. The House Committee … Read More »

Sens. Blunt, McCaskill praise passage of biosecurity resolution

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U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) praised the passage on Thursday of a resolution that highlighted the importance of biosecurity and agro-defense to U.S. national and economic security. The resolution stated that the U.S. must not forget … Read More »

Iowa legislative liaison provides update on key initiatives

Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Legislative Liaison John Benson recently said that two of the department’s initiatives have moved through the first funnel of the legislature, and are still part of the discussion for this session. Benson said Senate … Read More »

Pascrell: Bioterror threat a life or death matter

Bill Pascrell

The Obama administration’s 2012 strategy to prevent bioterrorism is failing and strengthening security against bioterror is a matter of life or death, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) said on Tuesday. Pascrell made the remarks during a hearing called “Bioterrorism: Assessing the … Read More »