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Issue Position: Homeland Security

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* Supported legislation that implements the unfulfilled recommendations of the bipartisan 9/11 Commission, including improvements in border security, port security, aviation security, and infrastructure security.

* Supported the Homeland Security appropriations bill that funds 3,000 additional Border Patrol agents, provides first responders with the equipment and training they need, and provides tougher aviation and port security.

* Supported updating the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to give the intelligence community the strong tools it needs to track terrorists and prevent another terrorist attack but also protects the constitutional rights of Americans whose communications may be intercepted in the process of the surveillance. This legislation does not award retroactive immunity for telecommunications carriers.

* Supported the Rail and Mass Transit Security Act, which requires the Department of Homeland Security to develop plans to protect rail and mass transit and authorizes $6 billion over four years in grants to protect these systems.


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