Public Safety and Homeland Security
As a former Alameda County prosecutor, I know first-hand how dangerous our communities can be and the importance of keeping Americans safe. I spent seven years fighting to make sure that those who violated the law are punished, and I have now brought that spirit to Congress. The federal government should be both addressing regional and national crime issues and supporting state and local police and law enforcement with the resources they need to protect our streets.
I was an intern on Capitol Hill on September 11, 2001, and am mindful of the threats we face here at home. It is also a key job of the federal government to protect our homeland from terrorism and be prepared to respond in the unlikely event of an attack. As a Member of the Intelligence Committee, and as ranking Democrat on its CIA Subcommittee, I believe protecting Americans is Congress’ most solemn duty.
What I am Doing for You
I led 66 House members in urging strong funding for the Transit Security Grant Program to help America’s mass transit agencies keep their riders safe and secure.
I’m an original co-sponsor of H.R. 4651, the Digital Security Commission Act of 2016. This bipartisan, bicameral bill would create the “National Commission on Security and Technology Challenges” – a digital security panel uniting stakeholders to keep our nation safe while keeping our personal data secure.
I convened a discussion on juvenile justice and how to break the cycle of poverty and crime in March 2016 at the Alameda County Juvenile Court and detention facility in San Leandro.
I convened an interfaith roundtable meeting in July 2016 in Hayward to discuss the recent rash of gun violence in our country.
Rep. Swalwell talks with Alameda County Sheriff's deputies during a National Night Out event in San Lorenzo, August 2016.
In the 113th Congress:
As a member of the Homeland Security Committee, I organized and coordinated a letter signed by 132 additional Members of Congress to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), raising objections to its decision to allow certain small knives and sporting equipment in the cabins of planes. Ultimately, TSA reversed its policy and continues to prohibit knives on planes.
I introduced an amendment, which the House approved, to help protect mass transit systems like BART from terrorism. I also led letters to the Department of Homeland Security requesting BART receive federal grants to upgrade its Transbay Tube to protect against terrorism. BART was awarded a $17.4 million grant in 2014 and $12.8 million grant in 2013.
I signed a letter to the Appropriations Committee in support funding for the Byrne-Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne-JAG) program and the Community Orientated Policy Services (COPS) program.
I voted for H.R. 756, the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act. This bipartisan bill would strengthen cyber research, develop the federal cyber workforce, and improve the development of cyber standards.
I introduced H.R. 3438, the National Laboratories Mean National Security Act. This bill would make it easier for national labs, like Lawrence Livermore and Sandia, to help states and localities secure us against terrorism.
Rep. Swalwell visits Alameda County Fire Station 25 in Castro Valley, July 2016.
More on Public Safety and Homeland Security
WASHINGTON, DC – The House late Wednesday night adopted a bipartisan amendment offered by Reps. Eric Swalwell (CA-15) and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08) to put $10 million toward studying improvements to airport perimeter security in Fiscal Year 2018.
The Swalwell-Fitzpatrick amendment to the Homeland Security section of H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, would provide these funds to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to pay for research, analysis, and testing of airport perimeter intrusion technology.
CASTRO VALLEY, CA – The bipartisan, bicameral Rapid DNA Act – of which Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15) was the lead Democratic House cosponsor, to help local law enforcement use new technology to speed up justice – has been signed into law by President Donald Trump.
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15) today led 84 other House Members in a bipartisan call for strong funding of safety and security in America’s mass transit systems.
The Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP) could suffer deep cuts under President Trump’s initial budget blueprint.