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Homeland Security

Residents of the 8th District know first-hand the serious and unfortunate impacts of disasters that threaten our homes, our businesses, and our way of life. Our communities are forever changed by the terrorist attacks that occurred just across the Hudson River on September 11th, 2001.  The 8th District has also experienced the impacts of natural disasters and continues to recover from Superstorm Sandy. It is clear that local, state, and federal government agencies must work closely together to make our communities more resilient for future disasters, whether they are man-made or natural. As a Member of Congress, I have been, and will continue to be, a strong advocate for further Homeland Security and disaster preparedness funding.

Preparedness measures and emergency response capabilities help the communities in the 8th District improve recovery capabilities after adverse events. The 8th District is home to what is considered the most dangerous two-mile stretch in the country due to our critical transportation and industrial infrastructure. Everyday our district facilitates the passage of interstate commerce that is crucial to our local, state, and national economies. The district houses both the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels, along with Newark Liberty International Airport and the Port of Newark/Elizabeth. Our district also transports the residents of New Jersey to and from New York everyday with important PATH railway terminals along with New Jersey Transit and Amtrak rail lines. Protection of this infrastructure is paramount, which is why I have and will continue to push for proper transportation and port security funding.

Our nation’s preparedness efforts rely heavily on our local firefighters, police officers, emergency medical services, and emergency management agencies. It is in the best interest of all citizens that we provide our first responders with the resources they need to protect us during everyday emergencies, and during natural and man-made disasters. As a Member of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, I remain committed to supporting legislation that benefits fire departments and first responders. 

More on Homeland Security

Feb 17, 2017

Over the last month there have been peaceful protest demonstrations around the nation and I have received numerous messages from constituents expressing concern and outrage over actions carried out in the first four weeks of the Trump Administration.  I share these concerns and am strongly opposed to recent decisions that put our national security at risk and are fundamentally opposed to the core values we hold as Americans.  Here is an update on the recent actions I have taken.

Feb 8, 2017

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires released the following statement regarding President Trump’s decision to replace the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs with Steve Bannon, White House Chief Strategist, on the National Security Council:

Jan 30, 2017

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires issued the following statement regarding individuals being unlawfully detained at Newark Liberty International Airport as a result of the President’s recent executive order:

Jan 25, 2017

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires issued the following statement on President Trump’s executive actions directing the Administration to build a wall between the United States and Mexico:

Jan 25, 2017

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires issued the following statement on President Trump’s executive actions regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s Sanctuary Cities program, which could threaten to strip law enforcement funding from hundreds of cities across America:

Sep 23, 2016
Over the last two weeks in Washington, I held a number of meetings, attended a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee hearing, and participated in a markup of legislation.
Apr 1, 2016
Over the last two weeks, I have written to the House Appropriations Committee to support or increase funding for a number of programs that are essential to the 8th District.
Sep 11, 2015

Representing the 8th District in Washington this week, I completed Foreign Affairs Committee work, cast several important votes, and participated in a USO service project.     

Sep 11, 2015

(Washington, D.C.) -“ Today, Congressman Sires released the following statement on the 14th anniversary of the attacks that took place on September 11, 2001:

"September 11, 2001 is a day that I will never forget as I watched the second tower fall from across the Hudson River.  Thinking back on that day I feel immense sadness, but pride in the response that came from the courage of our first responders.  We will always remember and honor the victims and their families from that tragic September day. 

Jul 17, 2015

I advocated for the people of the 8th District this week by attending Foreign Affairs Committee hearings, meeting with several groups from the Garden State, and voting on critical pieces of legislation.