Homeland Security

Homeland Security works best as a partnership between all levels of government (federal, state, county, and local) as well as the private sector and the communities where Americans live.  Using an “all hazards” approach, governments, businesses and neighborhoods can better prepare for natural disasters as well as potential deliberate attacks. Numerous government programs help protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate a wide variety of hazards in both urban and rural areas.

I will fight to make sure that Maryland receives the resources it needs to protect its unique government and private sector institutions, including those in the National Capital Region.  Maryland serves as the national headquarters for a number of homeland security facilities that protect our state and nation from terrorism threats, including against biological and chemical agents.  Maryland facilities regularly train law enforcement and other first responder professionals from around the country to respond to emergencies.

Congress’ top priority is to protect the American people. We must give our law enforcement and intelligence professionals the tools they need to prevent and disrupt terrorist attacks while also ensuring that our government uses its scarce resources wisely.  Congress must insist that our government both simultaneously enhances our national security and safeguards our civil liberties. I am particularly concerned about cybersecurity and the potential damage that could be inflicted by hackers, terrorists, unfriendly states and others trying to steal or manipulate our intellectual property, damage our national infrastructure or sow seeds of doubt in our social systems. Protecting key constitutional rights, including privacy, is as critical online and in cyberspace as it is elsewhere.  The federal government must play a leading role in helping state and local governments both prevent and respond to cyberattacks, such as the ransomware attack that crippled parts of the Baltimore City government in the summer of 2019.  I will continue to champion Maryland as the leader on cybersecurity, given the vast array of government cybersecurity agencies, contractors, and academia working on these issues every day in the state.