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May 07, 2020

Thompson: Secret Service Belongs in the Department of Homeland Security

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement after the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee introduced a bill to transfer the U.S. Secret Service from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to the Department of the Treasury: 

“As I have said ever since the Trump Administration first floated the idea of ripping the Secret Service out of DHS, it is a bad idea that will not make us any safer. Further, it could hurt DHS operations. In fact, according to a transfer feasibility assessment from the Administration, the loss of the Secret Service, ‘could open up DHS to additional reforms or reorganizations, perhaps even some involving the transfer or dismantling of other [DHS] components, further weakening the department at a critical time in its development.’ With all due respect to my Senate colleagues, I just don’t see the point of going down this road and introducing upheaval at a time when the Executive Branch is already struggling to respond to the unprecedented and deadly coronavirus pandemic.”

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