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    Cloakroom: Battle of the Budgets, Round 1

    House Cloakroom: March 11 – March 15 Analysis:  This week House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) will release his 2014 budget resolution for markup in committee. The Ryan budget is expected offer a path to balance in 10 years and include a full repeal of Obamacare as well as a … More

    TSA: No Room for Sequestration Cuts?

    President Obama claims that unless Congress raises taxes to undo the imminent automatic budget cuts as sequestration, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) would be forced to reduce security measures, leaving travelers and the airways vulnerable and increasing wait times at airports. Is there really not a dime that could be … More

    Lack of Support for Hagel Hardly "Unconscionable"

    The United States Senate declined to support Secretary of Defense nominee and former Senator Chuck Hagel today, after failing to reach consensus to clear a Senate procedural hurdle. Even before the vote, the White House was quick to label requests for further information on Hagel’s finances “unconscionable” and urge confirmation … More

    Border Security as a Political Football

    In the increasingly politicized environment surrounding President Obama’s attempt to pass comprehensive immigration reform, border security again became the focus. In an attempt to take the issue of border security off the table, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano claimed that “the border is secure. I believe the … More

    Visa Waiver Program Expansion Should Advance on its Own

    On Monday, Congressmen Mike Quigley (D–IL) and Aaron Schock (R–IL), along with Senator Mark Kirk (R–IL) and more than 15 other cosponsors, reintroduced the Visa Waiver Program Enhanced Security and Reform Act. The bill would expand the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), which allows citizens of participating countries to travel in … More

    REAL ID Delays Hurt Homeland Security

    Over the weekend, Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R–WI) called out the Obama Administration for delaying the implementation of the REAL ID act. The act, which seeks to crack down on fraud and abuse of U.S. identification cards, has seen three extensions including the latest “temporary deferment.” Such delays are unacceptable as … More

    DHS: Five Steps to Self-Improvement

    Amid a slew of resignations from the Obama Administration, Janet Napolitano recently announced that she will be remaining in her post as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for President Obama’s second term. The news shouldn’t have come as a surprise to many, as Napolitano had long been … More

    DHS Oversight Reforms: The Latest Casualty of Congressional Turf Wars

    On January 13 the new Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee Mike McCaul (R–TX) announced to The Hill that he had no plans to strip homeland security oversight responsibilities from his fellow Representatives. With over 100 panels and committees having oversight over the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. … More

    DHS Fails Again to Implement ID Card Protections

    Lost amid the scuffle of fiscal cliff negotiations and holiday preparations was the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) December 20 statement confirming that only 13 states were deemed REAL ID compliant and that the remaining states would receive another extension. Unfortunately, that means DHS isn’t sure whether 37 states are … More

    DHS: Congressional Oversight Remains Broken

    Today, the new and newly re-elected Members of the 113th Congress were sworn in, among them many members of the 108 total committees and subcommittees with oversight over the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Yes, you read that right. As of the close of the last Congress, there were more … More