Why it matters: Keeping Americans safe at home is one of the federal government’s most important responsibilities. Since 9/11, as a nation, we have been required to live with a heightened sense of awareness about the threats facing our homeland. Washington must work to mitigate those threats to the extent that is possible.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is at the forefront of this effort. DHS faces diverse and unique challenges in this mission. It is charged with, among other things, ensuring our borders, ports and waterways are properly secured; preventing the threat of homegrown terrorism and the spread of radicalism; responding to natural disasters; protecting our infrastructure; and combating cybercrimes.
Where I stand: The mission of DHS is critical to the safety and security of the American people. I support robust and thorough measures that allow the men and women working at DHS to successfully carry it out.
The responsibility of recommending funding levels sufficient for DHS to carry out its mission to safeguard our country falls to the subcommittee I chair—the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Homeland Security. I am committed to ensuring that the federal government is doing everything within its constitutional power and authority to defend our country and protect the homeland. We can and must make every effort to ensure that our law enforcement agencies have the tools and resources they need to protect us.