As members of Congress, my colleagues and I have an obligation to ensure that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is equipped to meet the complex challenge of protecting the American people in an increasingly dangerous world. Through my position on the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds all DHS functions, I have worked to ensure that the Department’s diverse components are funded commensurate with the scale of their responsibilities.
In addition, I continue to fight for greater federal resources to address Los Angeles’ unique vulnerabilities. Home to America’s largest port complex and one of its busiest international airports, LA’s size and infrastructure make it a prominent terrorist target. The city also faces the constant threat of natural disasters from deadly earthquakes to destructive wild fires. I have long advocated for better management and more considered planning at DHS to ensure that our government is up the task of responding to these hazards.
Finally, I strongly believe we can effectively defend the homeland while respecting the civil liberties of all Americans. Mitigating the threat posed by terrorism doesn’t require measures that are inconsistent with our oldest democratic traditions. I remain convinced that we can protect the American people without violating their rights or compromising our ideals.