Rep. Payne, Jr. Requests Homeland Security Subcommittee Field Hearing in New Jersey to Assess School Safety

Feb 28, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.Ranking Member Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response & Communications sent a letter today to Subcommittee Chairman Daniel M. Donovan (NY-11), requesting a field hearing in New Jersey’s Tenth Congressional District to assess the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to improve security and preparedness in schools. Ranking Member Payne, Jr.’s letter comes on the day Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students returned to school after the February 14 shooting that killed seventeen students and teachers.

“Tragedies like the recent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and teachers senselessly lost their lives, serve as a disturbing reminder that our schools continue to be prime targets for bad actors,” wrote Congressman Payne, Jr. “A hearing bringing together witnesses from the federal government, local emergency responders, and individuals from educational institutions will inform this Subcommittee’s ongoing oversight activities of federal efforts to make both K-12 schools and universities safer and more secure.”