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  • Rep. Lofgren, Sen. Menendez Announce Bicameral Amicus Brief in support of SCOTUS Case for Immigration Executive Actions
    Posted in Press Releases on December 4, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Homeland Security

    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. citizens and permanent residents to come out of the shadows, register with the government, and... Read more

  • Statement on San Bernardino Shooting
    Posted in Press Releases on December 3, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Homeland Security, Gun Violence

    WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D- San Jose) issued the following statement today regarding the December 2nd shooting in San Bernardino, California: "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." ### Read more

  • Lofgren & Thompson introduce “No Guns for Terrorists Act”
    Posted in Press Releases on November 19, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Policy and Human Rights, Homeland Security, Gun Violence

    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. “Many refugees seeking protection in the United States are persecuted religious minorities, victims of terrorism, orphans, and women and chil... Read more

  • Lofgren statement on Republican Refugee Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on November 19, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Foreign Policy and Human Rights, Homeland Security

    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. "And so as we watch the refugees from the M... Read more

  • Lofgren leads bipartisan effort to protect veterans groups from overzealous trademark claims
    Posted in Press Releases on October 22, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Policy and Human Rights, Homeland Security

    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. The letter, signed by 20 Members of Congress, notes that a number of veterans organizations, including the United Veterans Council of Santa Clara County, have received cease-and-desist letters from the Depart... Read more

  • Lofgren & Honda Announce $1.5 Million for Mineta San Jose International Airport
    Posted in Press Releases on September 17, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Homeland Security

    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. The funds, administered by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), will fund a new Runway Incursion Mitigation (RIM) and Airfield Design Standards Analysis. The RIM study is intended to reduce the potential for runway incursions which is the unintend... Read more

  • Lofgren Announces Support for Iran Nuclear Agreement
    Posted in Press Releases on August 21, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Policy and Human Rights, Homeland Security

    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: “Since its release in mid-July, I have approached the question of whether to implement the Iran nuclear agreement with the seriousness it merits. I have read the agreement and its annexes and visited the basement of the Capitol to read the related classified materials. I have participated in numerous... Read more

  • Read the Iran Nuclear Agreement
    Posted in Blog on August 21, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Policy and Human Rights, Homeland Security

    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. During my deliberations I read the agreement and its annexes and visited the basement of the Capitol to read the related classified materials. I participated in numerous classified briefings and listened to scholars analyze from various points of view the potential impact of the agreement. I reviewed the analysis of experts who both... Read more

  • USA FREEDOM makes meaningful reforms, but fails to end bulk collection
    Posted in Press Releases on May 13, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Innovation and Technology, Foreign Policy and Human Rights, Homeland Security

    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. "But this bill does not end all of the warrantl... Read more

  • Lofgren, Wyden, Paul introduce bipartisan, bicameral Aaron’s Law to reform Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
    Posted in Press Releases on April 21, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Innovation and Technology, Homeland Security

    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. The legislation, inspired by the late Internet innovator and activist Aaron Swartz, who faced up to 35 years in prison for an act of civil disobedience, would reform the quarter-century old Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)... Read more