National Security

As Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications on the House Committee on Homeland Security, I fight to keep our families and communities safe by ensuring our first responders have the necessary resources and training they need to prepare for, respond to, and mitigate a terrorist threat or natural disaster.  In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, overseeing the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Sandy Relief is a priority to ensure vital funding is distributed to families and businesses that are in dire need of recovery.  In this capacity, I am commitment to increasing the safety at Newark Liberty Airport and our transportation systems, strengthening protections at Port Newark and Port Elizabeth while maintaining the flow of commerce, and preventing against cyber threats to our critical infrastructure and private industry. 

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February 13, 2020 Press Release

Media Contact:  Patrick Wright   --  Patrick.Wright@mail.house.gov

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. praised his colleagues in the House after they voted to pass his Homeland Security for Children Act (H.R. 2932) with strong bipartisan support and a final vote of 374-11. 

February 13, 2020 Press Release

Media Contact:  Patrick Wright   --  Patrick.Wright@mail.house.gov

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. announces the launch of the federal government’s new website dedicated to school safety.

February 4, 2020 Press Release

Media Contact:    Patrick Wright -- (202) 225-3436 -- patrick.wright@mail.house.gov

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. released the following statement regarding his decision not to attend President Trump’s State of the Union address tonight.      

December 18, 2019 Press Release

Media Contact:    Patrick Wright -- (202) 225-3436 -- patrick.wright@mail.house.gov

December 18, 2019 Press Release

Media Contact:    Patrick Wright -- (202) 225-3436 -- patrick.wright@mail.house.gov

December 11, 2019 Press Release

Media Contact:    Patrick Wright -- (202) 225-3436 -- patrick.wright@mail.house.gov

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. issued the following statement regarding the gun violence on December 11, 2019, in Jersey City, NJ.    

December 10, 2019 Press Release

Media Contact:    Patrick Wright -- (202) 225-3436 -- patrick.wright@mail.house.gov

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. supports the Congressional resolution released today that calls for the impeachment of President Donald Trump based on two violations of his oath of office: abuse of power and obstruction of justice.                

November 14, 2019 Press Release

Media Contact:  Patrick Wright - (202) 225-3436 -- Patrick.wright@mail.house.gov

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. issued the following statement on the school shooting November 14, 2019, at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, CA. 

“My condolences and prayers go out to the families and friends of the victims of the horrific mass shooting in Santa Clarita today.

September 5, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. participated in a roundtable on September 4 for the House Committee on Homeland Security in Pittsburgh. He issued the following statement about what he learned from city officials regarding how they have dealt with mass shootings and domestic terrorism one year after a domestic terrorist killed 11 worshippers at a local synagogue.
August 5, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON - My condolences and prayers go out to the families and friends of the victims in two more horrific mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton this weekend.

I’m horrified and heartbroken that these events occur with such regularity.  There have been 251 mass shootings already this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, that have needlessly killed about 9,000 people, including almost 400 children.  That’s more shootings than days of the year.