War on Terror

“…And so by falsely presenting to the American people that if we catch Osama bin Laden we’ll end the war on terror, we’ve not been forthright, we’ve not focused our resources, and we also have not designed a political foreign policy approach to address the question of making more friends than enemies.” – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (Source)

Congresswoman Jackson Lee has been vigilant in the effort to keep Americans safe and has asked the tough questions about how we direct resources toward the War on Terror. As a member of the Homeland Security Committee, she has been at the forefront of legislation and decisions that have been designed to keep our homeland safe. Jackson Lee believes that we must fight the War on Terror not only with the military and weapons but we must also continue to improve our intelligence gathering and promote information sharing with our allies.

sjlA critical amendment offered by Congresswoman Jackson Lee to H.R. 3773, the “Responsible Electronic Surveillance That Is Overseen, Reviewed, and Effective Act of 2007” (RESTORE Act), that was passed by the House helps strike the proper balance between security and liberty by permitting law enforcement to conduct warrantless surveillance of foreign communications but requires a warrant to be obtained if and when they seek to conduct domestic surveillance on an American by laying down a clear, objective criterion for the Administration to follow and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to enforce in preventing reverse targeting of Americans.

Congresswoman Jackson Lee co-sponsored the Secure Containers from Overseas and Seaports from Terrorism Act which would require the Department of Homeland Security to develop sealing standards for containers and a verification process to ensure containers have not been tampered with.  The Secure Coast Act authorized $297 million for the 2006 budget, so that Customs and Border Protection could install port monitors at seaports and the Department of Homeland Security could secure the ports more effectively.

She also co-sponsored the Security and Accountability for Every Port Act.  This act directed the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop and implement a strategic plan to enhance the security of the maritime transportation system and establishes a port security grant program to allocate federal assistance to U.S. ports on the basis of risk and need.