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February 13, 2013

Homeland Security - Sequester Must Be Prevented

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the impact the upcoming budget sequester may have on the Department of Homeland Security and its components. Recently, Ranking Member Thompson wrote a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano asking for more information on this matter. The letter and its response are attached below.

This letter brings into sharp focus the devastating effect the sequester will have on our homeland security. The sequester, which the Republicans seem unwilling to prevent, will lead to fewer border patrol agents, longer security lines at airports, and far less resources for cybersecurity – which, just last night, the President highlighted as a critical area of importance. Urgent action must be taken to stop the sequester and preserve the important gains in national security we have achieved since 9/11.

Link to Letter from DHS

Link to Letter to DHS

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