Homeland Security

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.

To learn more about the Zoe's work on issues related to homeland security, please click on the news links below:

More on Homeland Security

November 19, 2015 Press Release
U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren issued the following statement on the House floor today in opposition to the Republican legislation to halt the U.S. Refugee program:

"Thank you Mr. Speaker –

"All of us watched with horror the events in Paris. November 13th was France's September 11th, and all of us have paused to consider what further should be done to make sure America is safe, because our first obligation as Members of Congress is to make sure America is safe.

November 19, 2015 Press Release

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.

October 22, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in calling on the Department of Defense (DOD) to drop their opposition to veterans groups' use of military seals in Veterans Day parades and other patriotic or veterans-oriented events in a letter today.

September 17, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) and Mike Honda (D-Silicon Valley) announced nearly $1.5 million in federal funding today for Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport to study possible improvements to airfield safety.

August 21, 2015 Blog Post

Recently, I announced that I will support the Iran nuclear agreement reached by the P5+1 nations and Iran, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA.

August 21, 2015 Press Release

SAN JOSE, CA - U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) issued the following statement today in support of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached between the P5+1 nations and Iran:

May 13, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) issued the below statement today following passage of the USA FREEDOM Act (H.R. 2048) in the House, and called on additional reforms to end warrantless bulk collection of U.S. persons' data and communications:

"The USA FREEDOM Act makes meaningful reforms to a few of our nation's surveillance programs. I applaud the bill's authors who worked to make sure these improvements were included.

April 21, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) introduced bipartisan legislation today to better target serious criminals and curb overzealous prosecutions for non-malicious computer and Internet offenses.

February 4, 2015 Press Release
The Secure Data Act will protect Americans’ privacy and data security by prohibiting surveillance agencies from requiring or compelling surveillance “backdoors” in products and services.
February 3, 2015 Press Release
Legislation will shed light on the breadth of overreaching government surveillance programs