IL-14: Lauren Underwood and John Katko Team Up Again on Homeland Security Legislation

Lauren Underwood
John Katko

From Congresswoman Lauren Underwood:

Underwood, Katko Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Communities from Domestic Terrorism

January 24, 2020 — Safe Communities Act ensures communities have resources needed to protect themselves from domestic terrorist threats

WASHINGTON— Today, Representatives Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Vice Chair of the Homeland Security Committee, and John Katko (NY-24) introduced new bipartisan legislation to help protect communities from domestic terrorist threats.

The Safe Communities Act [H.R. 5667] would help target resources to rural and suburban communities, which have historically experienced funding gaps to ensure that first responders, schools, nonprofits, and houses of worship can protect themselves against terrorist attacks.

“Rural and suburban communities are increasingly targets of terrorist acts, but too often don’t have access to the federal funding and resources they need to protect themselves. 

“If our schools aren’t secure, students and teachers can’t perform to their full capability; if our places of worship aren’t safe, we can’t practice our faith free from fear.

The Safe Communities Act will increase access to federal resources for local law enforcement officers, schools, places of worship, and nonprofit organizations.

Congresswoman Lauren Underwood

“I am pleased to join Representative Underwood in introducing the Safe Communities Act – bipartisan legislation that aims to bolster protections for our nation’s critical infrastructure by equipping owners and operators with the necessary guidance and training to be prepared for, respond to, and recover from cyber and physical attacks.

“As we have seen in recent years, many state and non-state actors are poised to launch attacks that would cripple key sectors including energy, communications, and water systems.

In my role as the Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection, I believe it is imperative we take the necessary steps to secure our nation’s critical infrastructure before we fall victim to a major attack.

By directing the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to develop a guide of best practices for owners and operators, this legislation will take a meaningful step toward minimizing our nation’s vulnerabilities. I am proud to introduce this bipartisan measure with Representative Underwood and look forward to continuing our work to bolster our national security.”

Congressman John Katko

The legislation assesses the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) current ability to deploy Protective Security Advisors (PSA) to effectively serve rural and suburban areas and ensures that PSAs are communicating and delivering federal resources to these communities to help bolster security and terrorism resilience. The bill also establishes a pilot program to provide training and support to state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement officers to improve their capability to carry out vulnerability or terrorism risk assessments of critical infrastructure facilities and nonprofit organizations. Additionally, the bill directs the CISA to help communities protect themselves from domestic terrorist threats by maintaining a clearinghouse of security guidance, best practices, and additional content from trusted sources for owners and operators in all 16 critical infrastructure sectors.

In Congress as Vice Chair of the Homeland Security Committee, Underwood has worked to improve rural and suburban communities’ access to federal resources. Last year, Underwood met with Illinois’s PSAs to learn about their work in advising and assisting communities across the state. In their meeting, Underwood learned that suburban and rural communities, located outside of urban areas, are often under resourced by PSAs and often unaware of grants available to smaller communities to prepare for potential domestic terrorism threats.

Earlier this month, in a Homeland Security hearing, Underwood asked national security experts how suburban and rural communities can defend themselves against threats of terrorism when they lack federal funding.

Witnesses stated there needs to be enhanced resourcing to the Department of Homeland Security to allow for more protective security advisors to help suburban and rural communities.

Witnesses noted that current protective security advisors are overtasked and under-resourced.

Additionally, Underwood is a cosponsor of the Securing American Nonprofit Organizations Against Terrorism Act of 2019 (H.R. 2476). This legislation recently signed into law by the President as a part of the bipartisan appropriations package for Fiscal Year 2020 to enact $90 million in federal resources to help nonprofit organizations pay for security equipment, personnel, and training to prevent terrorist attacks.

McHenry County Blog note: Previously, Underwood and Republican Katko teamed up to pass H.R. 3526, Counter Terrorist Network Act, in late September. The legislation is awaiting Senate action.


IL-14: Lauren Underwood and John Katko Team Up Again on Homeland Security Legislation — 16 Comments

  1. So great to have a representative working for us people…go Lauren!

  2. No mention of what is really needed: ” on site armed security”…if however at least things like bulletproof windows, more and heavier Secured doors, safe rooms, panic buttons, active shooter training (local LEO and community members,parishoners, students, etc),more Fire Protected and retardant building materials are whats at the basis of this, then not a total waste.

    I suspect however it will be another Federal Funded money grab, where nothing gets implemented, just the promise of a PSA who cant make a difference and passes out brochures on; Run, Hide Fight or Stop, Drop, Roll kind of stuff..

    How did a Freshman, no experienced Congresswoman get named as Vice Chair of a Homeland Security Committee already?

    No reason then any of the current Candidates running for the 14th should be overlooked for “no experience”.

    The fake Nurse had none. either.

  3. Obviously I meant RINO.

    He’s not a true Republican if he’s working with Underwood, right?

    Send Katko packing his bags and teach him a lesson!

  4. I’d feel safer if Underwood personally screens, airport arrivals from mainland China, specifically Wuhan.

  5. Mr. Bob Wire, I know you’re being tongue in cheek, but you know how Underwood got the useless ceremonial title of “Vice Chair of Homeland Security Committee”, but in case there are readers who do not know.

    It’s a ceremonial useless title.

    If the chairman of Homeland Security is unavailable, running the meetings will be responsibility of the the most senior subcommittee chair, of which there are 3.

    Obviously, the title was given to help protect Underwood in 2020 and pad her resume’ given voters are on to her for the kind of “nurse” Underwood really was.

    We’ll see if it works, and if the Republicans nominate someone who will give Underwood a run for her money, it will be interesting to see if people will see through the inflated title and reelect Underwood in November.

  6. And this is Sooooooooooooooooo important has to be on top of the list?

    Just close the Borders ! Doh!

    Jobs, taxes none of that matters for these people ….

  7. Where is there evidence that the lady Lauren has actual nursing experience? Such as time served, months, years as a staff nurse at a hospital working in intensive care or in the surgery operating room or in a post surgery department? Does anybody know? Are there any managers, supervisors or head nurses at hospitals that could step forward and ascertain the lady’s actual on-job experience and also her on-job rating performance and job reviews? Waiting.

  8. Yeah, this guy worked with Lauren Underwood on an issue helping rural communities, so if I don’t like that I guess I better elect a DEMOCRAT instead, because a DEMOCRAT would have NEVER worked with Lauren Underwood.

    Strong argument there.

    Or if you don’t think highly of the opinions of our resident hysterical Democrat “Oh,” you can help Republicans hang on to one of the few congressional seats they still have in the state of New York.

    Currently, Republicans hold 5, Democrats hold 21, and there is a vacancy.

  9. Bred Winner, we all already know the answer, & voters here know the truth about Underwood, apart from being a research nurse while in graduate school for a few months, was a back office policy administration adviser/analyst who happened to be an RN.

    This is why I am applying discernment to all the Republican candidates and asking tough questions.

    Their supporters get mad at me.

    Let em.

    The voters of 14th will not be fooled, again.

  10. Gotta love the republican fiscal conservatives;
    By Jeff Stein
    Jan. 28, 2020 at 2:34 p.m. EST

    The U.S. government’s budget deficit is projected to reach $1.02 trillion in 2020, according to a report released Tuesday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, as the federal government continues to spend much more than it collects in tax revenue.

    A combination of the 2017 tax cuts and a surge in new spending has pushed the deficit wider. This year would mark the first time since 2012 that the deficit breached $1 trillion, a threshold that has alarmed some budget experts because deficits typically contract — not expand — during periods of sustained economic growth.

    Overall, CBO projected that the federal government will spend $4.6 trillion in the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30 and bring in $3.6 trillion in tax revenue.

    And some of the costliest government programs are projected to experience sizable expansions in the next decade. Spending for Medicare, which provides health care for older Americans, will rise from $835 billion in 2020 to $1.7 trillion by 2030, while annual federal spending on Social Security will grow from roughly $1.1 trillion to $1.9 trillion over that span.

    Jeff Stein is a policy reporter for The Washington Post. He was a crime reporter for the Syracuse Post-Standard and, in 2014, founded the local news nonprofit the Ithaca Voice in Upstate New York. He was also a reporter for Vox. Follow

  11. Trexler and Pinto’s comments are insane.

    Katko voted to NOT impeach, Underwood voted to impeach.

    You don’t get to complain about House Dems being mean to Trump when you root for Trump’s allies and fellow travelers to be replaced by people who are outright hostile to him.

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