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  • Lofgren introduces resolution urging Vice President and Cabinet to fulfill duties under 25th Amendment
    Posted in Press Releases on August 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Homeland Security

    WASHINGTON, DC – Does the President suffer from early stage dementia? Has the stress of office aggravated a mental illness crippling impulse control? Has emotional disorder so impaired the President that he is unable to discharge his duties? Is the President mentally and emotionally stable? Today, U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) introduced a resolution that urges the Vice President and Cabinet to have the President examined by medical and psychiatric professionals to assist them in de... Read more

  • Lofgren announces federal funding for Mineta Airport infrastructure & safety improvements
    Posted in Press Releases on June 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Growing a Strong Economy, Homeland Security

    SAN JOSE, CA – Two new federal grants were awarded to the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport for infrastructure improvements and the purchase of new safety equipment, announced U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) today. The grants – totaling nearly $1.2 million – were awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. $805,900 will support plans to rehabilitate an emergency generator that provides back-up power for airfield lighting along one of the airport’s main runways. An addition... Read more

  • House Republicans delay resolution to disclose Trump tax information
    Posted in Press Releases on March 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Homeland Security

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Republicans delayed consideration of a privileged resolution offered by U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) on the House Floor today to request President Trump’s tax return information. This tax information can determine whether the President is in violation of the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution. “The Emoluments Clause was included in the U.S. Constitution to avoid potentially corrupting foreign influences on federal officials,” said Lofgren. “... Read more

  • Conyers and Lofgren Statement on Nomination of Gen. John Kelly for Secretary of Homeland Security
    Posted in Press Releases on December 7, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Foreign Policy and Human Rights, Homeland Security

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, issued the following statement regarding President-Elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Marine Gen. John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security “The Department of Homeland Security has a wide-array of responsibilities, from providing humanitarian relief for asylum-see... Read more

  • Bipartisan Members of Congress File Amicus Brief in Support of Legal Challenge to National Security Letter Gag Orders
    Posted in Press Releases on September 29, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Homeland Security

    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. The brief, filed by U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), F. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.), and Ted Poe (R-Texas) details the members’ objections to the manner in which the Department of Justice reviews... Read more

  • Lofgren and Honda Announce $15.3 Million in Federal Grants for Mineta Airport
    Posted in Press Releases on September 23, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Homeland Security

    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. Of the two Airport Improvement Program grants, $8,125,303 will be designated to install perimeter fencing following several incidents of security breaches at Mineta San Jose Airport... Read more

  • Bipartisan House Members Announce Fourth Amendment Caucus
    Posted in Press Releases on July 13, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Policy and Human Rights, Homeland Security

    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. The bipartisan caucus is comprised of twenty-five founding members, thirteen Republicans and twelve Democrats. The members will lead efforts in the House of Representatives to protect against warrantless searches and seizures, close privacy violati... Read more

  • House to Vote on Amendment to Shut Surveillance Backdoors
    Posted in Press Releases on June 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Innovation and Technology, Homeland Security

    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. It would also prevent the government from coercing individuals and companies to insert softwar... Read more

  • The Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act
    Posted in Blog on December 18, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Homeland Security

    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. The most important aspects of the legislation provide for specific, concrete changes to ensure better information-sha... Read more

  • Lofgren questions DHS policy towards TOR Relays
    Posted in Press Releases on December 10, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Homeland Security

    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. The letter, addressed to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, notes that the Tor network is used by journalists, activists, dissidents, intelligence sources, and other privacy concerned individuals to keep their web b... Read more