Congresswoman Martha McSally

Representing the 2nd District of Arizona

Securing our Border

More on Securing our Border

June 7, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha McSally’s legislation to address critical staffing shortages along the border today passed the House of Representatives. The bill gives Customs and Border Protection (CBP) the discretionary ability to expedite their hiring process for well-qualified applicants who have already proven themselves trustworthy in the military and in law enforcement.

May 3, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today voted in support of H.R. 244, the FY 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill to fund the Federal government for the current fiscal year.

April 4, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today chaired a Homeland Security Committee hearing to examine the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s counter network strategy to degrade and dismantle Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs)—also known as drug cartels—along our border. Specifically, the hearing evaluated the coordination between the DHS’s three joint task forces.

March 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today introduced legislation that would enhance penalties for “spotters” who transmit information about the position and surveillance efforts of the U.S. Border Patrol or destroy border controls.

February 22, 2017 Press Release

TUCSON – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today returned from touring border operations in the Rio Grande Valley along with a delegation of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials and lawmakers. Included in the delegation were U.S. Border Patrol Chief Ronald Vitiello, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul.

February 16, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today chaired a Homeland Security Committee hearing looking at the threat posed by cartels. The hearing featured testimony from security officials from the U.S. Coast Guard, Department of State, and Department of Homeland Security, including Tucson Sector Border Patrol Chief Paul Beeson.

February 13, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha McSally on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. ET will lead a hearing titled: “A Dangerous and Sophisticated Adversary: The Threat to the Homeland Posed by Cartel Operations.” This is the first hearing Rep. McSally, who is the Chairwoman of the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee, will lead in the 115th Congress.

February 2, 2017 Press Release

First Hearing on Cartel Threat to be Held Feb. 16

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today announced her appointment to chair the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee, a position she has held since February 16, 2016. Last year, Rep. McSally chaired seven subcommittee hearings, including a field hearing in Sahuarita, that examined issues such as border effectiveness measurements, manning and infrastructure needs, the threat of visa overstays, and Border Patrol’s “defense-in-depth” strategy.

January 31, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today released the following statement on the selection of Ronald D. Vitiello as Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol. Rep. McSally serves as the Chairwoman of the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee.

“Chief Vitiello brings vast experience at nearly all levels of the Border Patrol. I look forward to working with him to build a smarter, more effective border strategy that increases our situational awareness and operational control and keeps our border residents safe.” 

January 31, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Three bills sponsored by U.S. Representative Martha McSally today passed the House of Representatives, her first bills to clear the chamber in the 115th Congress. Two of the bills, The DHS Support for Fusion Centers Act and The CBRN Intelligence and Information Sharing Act, increase information sharing between federal, state, and local officials about terrorist threats.