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Tag: House of Representatives

House Democrats: Give FBI Director Authority to Reject Security Clearance for White House Staff

Jared Kushner

Jared Kushner

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI director would have the authority to reject security clearance for White House staff it there is a national security risk under a measure introduced by a group of House Democrats.

More than 20 Democrats have expressed support for the bill, called the Security Clearance Review Act, the Hill reports

The measure is in response to serious questions raised about the security clearance of President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, who is accused of colluding with Russian officials to interfere with the presidential election.

Donald Trump’s refusal to hold his senior staff accountable for their deceptions on Russia have sadly made this legislation necessary,” said Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., who co-sponsored the bill. “Despite all we have learned about his secret meetings with Russians, Jared Kushner apparently continues to hold his clearance.”

Bi-Partisan Bill Seeks to Require Senate Confirmation of Secret Service Director

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A bi-partisan bill in the U.S. House of Representatives seeks to require Senate confirmation for the director of the Secret Service.

NPR reports that the bill was motivated by widespread concerns of the Secret Service’s performance this year. 

Listen to NPR report above.  

House GOP Continues to Pressure FBI Director Over Clinton Case

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Republicans aren’t backing down.

On Monday, 200 House Republicans demanded answers from FBI Director James Comey after he decided not recommend federal charges against Hillary Clinton for her handling of classified material, The Hill reports.  

The lawmakers said Comey created “ cloud over our nation’s justice system” and urged him to disclose additional details about his decision.

“No one is above the law and the American people deserve a more robust explanation for your decision to not recommend criminal charges against the former secretary,” the 204 GOP lawmakers told Comey.

FBI Director James Comey Defends Clinton Decision, But Said She Repeatedly Lied

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey defended the bureau’s decision not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton during a House oversight committee hearing.

But Comey also provided new details that contradict what Clinton has made about her private email systems, the New York Times reports.

For example, Comey said Clinton failed to disclose “thousands” of work-related emails to the State Department, despite indicating otherwise. She also was “negligent”  by mishandling classified material whiles she was secretary of state, Comey said.

Nevertheless, Comey said there wasn’t clear evidence that Clinton intended to break the law.

Lawmakers Admonish TSA for ‘Bloated Bureaucracy,’ Failing to Discipline Wrongdoers

airport scanner 2By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The TSA received a scolding from lawmakers during a House subcommittee Thursday.

Chairman of the committee, Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa.,, said the TSA is a “bloated bureaucracy” that tolerates “corrupt, insolent” airport security.

“Every American should be outraged by these allegations,” Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., said at a Capitol Hill hearing on the TSA. “Egregious misconduct occurs on all levels of the TSA and is growing.”

Perry said misconduct by TSA employees grew by 29% between 2013 and 2015.

The hearing follows a report by the House Homeland Security Committee that concluded “employee misconduct of all types corrupts TSA’s core mission to protect the traveling public and poses serious security vulnerabilities.”

“Half of TSA’s [almost 60,000] workforce allegedly committed misconduct from 2013-2015,” Perry said, citing data from the report. “Almost half of that number did so repeatedly.”

House Republicans Want to Boost Funding for Border Patrol, ICE, TSA

congress copyBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

House Republicans proposed a spending bill for Homeland Security that includes a $100 million increase over current funding levels.

The increase is $432 million more than President Obama requested for fiscal year 2017, the Washington Examiner reports. 

Republicans supported the increase in funding to boost border security, aviation security protection and protections from cyberattacks.

“Now, more than ever, we need to remain vigilant in the protection of our homeland. New threats to our people and way of life emerge every day, and the difficult challenges along our borders continue,” said Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers.

The House bill calls for $41.1 billion for Homeland Security.

House Republicans Lash Out at Homeland Security After Pier Killing

US CapitolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

House Republicans expressed outrage over the Obama administration’s release of an immigrant who is accused of later murdering a woman in San Francisco, The Associated Press reports. 

The Mexican National Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez had a long criminal record and was released from federal custody in San Francisco, where he is accused of committing murder.

Republicans were angry that the man was turned over to San Francisco, a so-called “sanctuary city” that minimizes cooperation with federal authorities over immigration issues.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson responded that he will explore whether a new approach is needed.

“I want to evaluate whether some discretion can be built into the process so when we’re faced with a choice like that, we can make the best decision for the purposes of public safety,” Johnson told the House Judiciary Committee.

Kathryn Steinle was murdered on July 1 on a popular pier in broad daylight.

Bill Would Give FBI More Resources to Fight Online Harassment

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. House of Representatives is considering a bill that would give the FBI more  resources to tackle cybercrime, especially online harassment, the Washington Post reports.

The bill by Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., would give the FBI 10 new agents whose sole jobs would be tackling threats made online. They would investigate stalkers and people who threaten violence.

Clark said online threats are increasing to alarming rates.

“While these threats may occur on the Internet, their impacts are far from virtual,” Clark told The Post. “They affect the bottom line for victims, who pay a real cost not just emotionally but also financially —  in fees to attorneys and private investigators, or to services to scrub personally identifying information from the Web. I don’t think that women, who are the primary targets of this kind of abuse, should have to do this alone.”