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 was the lead Democratic House cosponsor of H.R. 510, the Rapid DNA Act of 2017, which President Trump signed into law in August 2017. This bipartisan law helps local law enforcement use new technology to speed up justice by letting police – under standards and guidelines established by the FBI – perform real-time DNA testing at the time of arrest within their own booking stations, comparing samples to profiles in the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).
I was the lead Democratic House cosponsor of H.R. 624, the Social Security Number Fraud Prevention Act of 2017, which President Trump signed into law in September 2017. This bipartisan law combats identity theft by limiting the use of Americans' Social Security Numbers on government documents sent through the mail.
I'm an original co-sponsor of H.R. 4854, the Justice Served Act of 2018. This bipartisan bill would amend the Debbie Smith Act grant program – giving grants to state and local law enforcement to reduce their crime labs’ DNA backlogs – so some can be spent on prosecuting DNA-linked cold cases.
I led 84 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 led 66 members in a similar effort in the 114th Congress.)
Rep. Swalwell tours Rapid DNA technology pioneer IntegenX in Pleasanton, September 2017.
In the 114th Congress:
I was 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
CASTRO VALLEY, CA – Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15) will host a community forum on ending gun violence and domestic terrorism on Wednesday, Aug. 7.
“Following the massacres at Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton, and as our cities reel from gun violence day after day, it’s time to discuss the action that’s needed to save American lives,” Swalwell said. “I want to update my 15th Congressional District friends and neighbors on what local and federal law enforcement, national stakeholders, and Congress are doing, and I want to hear from residents about their concerns and wishes.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15), a member of the Committee on the Judiciary and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, introduced the Corporate Duty to Report Act of 2019, which would require companies to disclose to the government when a foreign person, country, or organization attempts to subvert our election once again with political ads.
Washington, D.C. –Today, House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), along with Representatives Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Eric Swalwell (D-CA) of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced the No President Is Above the Law Act, which would pause the statute of limitations for any federal offense committed by a sitting president, whether it was committed before or during the president’s term of office. This legislation would ensure that presidents can be held accountable for criminal conduct just like every other American and not use the presidency to avoid legal consequences.