As an original member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, Zoe knows that our national security does not need to violate our constitutionally protected rights. While we face certain and real threats, we must not lose sight of the founding principles of our great nation. This philosophy guides Zoe's work as a member of the Congress.
As a member of Congress, Zoe has worked hard to ensure that our nation remains protected from all threats, including those emanating from cyberspace. Zoe led a bipartisan effort that created the position of Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity in the Homeland Security Department to protect our nation's critical cyber infrastructure. Zoe has also worked to ensure that government agencies involved in intelligence and information gathering remain accountable to the Congress and work to have proper oversight of programs which use this intelligence.
Zoe is also a member of the Congressional Task Force on Election Security, formed to address the lack of action to protect electoral infrastructure following Russia interference and attempt to influence the 2016 Presidential election. According to the Department of Homeland Security, the election systems in 21 states were breached and voter records containing personal information were compromised. There has been no action from the Republican Congress or the Trump Administration to provide greater protection to our election systems. When a sovereign nation meddles in our elections, it is an attack on our country. We cannot leave states to defend against the sophisticated cyber tactics of state actors on their own. The Election Security Act, introduced by members of the Election Security Task Force, provides the critical investments needed by States and election administrators to protect our election infrastructure from future cyber-attacks.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bipartisan Members of Congress this week filed an Amicus Curiae brief in support of a legal challenge to the Department of Justice's use of National Security Letter gag orders and improper implementation of the USA FREEDOM Act.
SAN JOSE, C.A. – Today, U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) and Mike Honda (D-Silicon Valley) announced the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport will receive more than $15 million in federal funding for infrastructure improvements and perimeter security through two U.S. Department of Transportation grants.
WASHINGTON, D.C – Today, a bipartisan group of lawmakers, led by co-chairs U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Ted Poe (R-Texas), announced the newly formed Fourth Amendment Caucus to protect the privacy and security of Americans in the digital age.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House of Representatives is set to debate and vote on a renewed effort to restrict warrantless surveillance. The amendment, offered to the Fiscal Year 2017 Department of Defense appropriations bill by Representatives Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), would prohibit warrantless backdoor searches of U.S. citizens' online communications without first obtaining a warrant.
Recently, Congress acted to address vulnerabilities in our visa waiver program by passing H.R. 158 – the Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act. Following terrorist attacks in Paris, much attention was called to vulnerabilities in our visa waiver program.
Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.) introduced the Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act, which became the basis of Congressional action.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) released a letter expressing her concern with news reports indicating an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agent enlisted local law enforcement to pressure a New Hampshire public library into disabling its Tor relay.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D- CA19) were joined by 216 members of Congress in filing an amicus brief in support of the Supreme Court granting review of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in United States v. Texas, et al,. The amicus makes the case that President's November 2014 actions to allow certain immigrant parents of U.S.
"My thoughts and condolences for the victims and their families in San Bernardino. Gun violence and mass shootings - irrespective of motive - have become heartbreakingly common in America. Congress must come together to craft constructive change to prevent dangerous individuals from harming others in shootings."
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, and Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, introduced the No Guns for Terrorists Act of 2015 to prohibit the sale of firearms to individuals suspected of terrorism.