Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

Representing the 18th District of TEXAS

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Statement on the Passage of H.R. 495 – the FIRST State and Local Law Enforcement Act

Jan 30, 2019
Press Release

For Immediate Release                                                                 Contact: Robin Chand

January 29, 2019                                                                                  (202) 225–3816

 

Press Statement

 

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Statement on the Passage of H.R. 495 – the FIRST State and Local Law Enforcement Act

Jackson Lee: “I introduced H.R. 495, the FIRST State and Local Law Enforcement Act, which was passed today by the House of Representatives.  If passed by the Senate and enacted into law, this legislation would require the DHS to submit an annual report to Congress on its work.  Requiring this report would not only provide metrics to assess the effectiveness of the office’s current work, but it would also include comprehensive information on existing programs and feedback from the law enforcement agencies.  Moreover, this legislation would ensure future accountability of the DHS and its work with local partners.”

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary, Homeland Security, and Budget, issued this statement on the passage of H.R. 495, legislation introduced by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, which was passed today by the House of Representatives:

“A common issue when dealing with any threat assessment is information sharing. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, a critical failure of our national security apparatus was the inability to share information among jurisdictions and law enforcement personnel.  In the seventeen years after that national tragedy, I am proud to note that there has been real progress in closing this once prominent information-sharing gap.  It is now common practice within the federal government to support policies that educate and empower our state and local partners. 

“To keep the Department of Homeland Security on that track, and as a senior member of the Committee on Homeland Security since its inception, I introduced H.R. 495, the FIRST State and Local Law Enforcement Act, which was passed today by the House of Representatives.  If passed by the Senate and enacted into law, this legislation would require the DHS to submit an annual report to Congress on its work.  Requiring this report would not only provide metrics to assess the effectiveness of the office’s current work, but it would also include comprehensive information on existing programs and feedback from the law enforcement agencies.  Moreover, this legislation would ensure future accountability of the DHS and its work with local partners. 

“The landscape of the threats facing our country are constantly evolving.  This challenge has taught all in law enforcement that proactive measures at all levels are essential to monitor the growth of and reflect upon our capability to combat crime and terror.  State and local law enforcement provide tireless work to investigate and apprehend individuals of heinous crimes.  It is our duty to ensure that they are able to do their best work in collaboration with their federal partners to keep our communities safe.  I am pleased this bill passed the House of Representatives and will work to ensure passage by the Senate and eventual enactment.”

 

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Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat representing the 18th Congressional District of Texas, is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary, Homeland Security and the Budget.