More on National Security

Feb 6, 2014

House Committee Adopts Grid Resiliency Amendment

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security has adopted an amendment by Rep. Payne, Jr. to commence a comprehensive assessment of actions necessary to expand and strengthen the capabilities of the electrical power system to prepare for, respond to, mitigate and recover from a natural disaster or cyber attack,

Feb 6, 2014

House Homeland Security approves critical infrastructure cybersecurity bill

During markup of H.R. 3696, the committee voted to add an amendment from Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-N.J.) requiring the National Research Council to conduct a study into the resilience and reliability of the national electrical grid system.

Feb 5, 2014

Payne Smart Grid Bill Passes Committee

Today, the House Committee on Homeland Security passed through committee H.R. 2962, the SMART Grid Study Act, as an amendment offered by Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) to H.R. 3696, the National Cybersecurity & Critical Infrastructure Protection Act (NCCIP).

Feb 4, 2014

Payne Calls for Congressional Oversight of Hurricane Sandy Relief

Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. called for Congressional oversight over the distribution of Hurricane Sandy relief. Rep. Payne, Jr. fought very hard for Sandy relieve and believes that Congress has the responsibility and obligation to ensure that federal Sandy recovery funds are being distributed properly and to the people who need it most.

Feb 4, 2014

House Backs Bill on Medical Emergency Prep

The House advanced a medical preparedness bill, HR 1791, which included language offered by Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. that would require that medical kits and diagnostics be used to protect first responders and their families, immediate victims, and vulnerable populations such as children, the elderly, individuals with disabilities and those in underserved communities. Rep. Payne, Jr. said that grant recipients have an obligation to protect first responders and “the most vulnerable in our communities” when disasters strike.

Nov 26, 2013

U.S. congressmen hail rapid development in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov received a delegation of U.S. congressmen on November 25, the Ministry reported. It was reported that bilateral ties between Azerbaijan and U.S. are developing successfully.

Nov 21, 2013

Payne Pushes FEMA to Make Social Media Data More Readable for First Responders During Times of Disaster

U.S. Representative Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10), sent a bipartisan letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator W. Craig Fugate urging FEMA to adopt open data standards to enhance social media alerts in a disaster situation.

Nov 15, 2013

TSA chief assures N.J. lawmaker of steps to prevent repeat of racial profiling

The head of the Transportation Security Administration today assured Congress steps have been taken to prevent the kind of racial profiling that occurred at Newark Liberty International Airport under a controversial TSA behavior detection program.

Nov 14, 2013

TSA defends behavior screening against profiling claim

Lawmakers peppered the head of the Transportation Security Administration with questions Thursday about a screening program that government audits say is little better than random chance at spotting suspicious behavior.