As the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, my chief focus is on ensuring that our country is equipped to meet the complex challenges of protecting the American people. Through this position, I have worked to ensure that the Department of Homeland Security’s diverse agencies are properly funded, and that this funding helps to meet the needs of state and local first responders.
I also continue to fight for greater federal resources to address Los Angeles’ unique vulnerabilities. The city faces the constant threat of natural disasters from deadly earthquakes to destructive wild fires. In addition, LA is home to America’s largest port complex and one of its busiest international airports. I will keep pushing for funds that will help LA and California build their capabilities to mitigate, respond to, and recover from disasters.
Finally, I strongly believe we can effectively defend the homeland while respecting the civil liberties of all individuals. Mitigating terrorist threats doesn’t require measures that are inconsistent with our oldest democratic traditions. I remain convinced that we can protect our country without violating people’s rights or compromising our ideals.