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Congressman Emanuel Cleaver

Representing the 5th District of MISSOURI

Homeland Security

Homeland Security issues impact all of us and are important to my work in Congress.

As you know, the threats we face continue to grow in number and complexity. Our law enforcement officers and first responders are doing all they can to be prepared, and we must do all we can to fight for them.

Securing Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) funds along with other federal funding to keep the metropolitan area at the forefront of emergency preparedness is critical. We need to make sure we are equipped with the best talent, training, and techniques, if disaster should strike.

I will continue to work to make sure we get what we need to help, not hamstring, our police officers, firefighters, first responders, and all others dedicating themselves to these unbelievably challenging jobs. They must be armed with the best to help get us through the worst. 

More on Homeland Security

May 17, 2017

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II wrote a letter to the U.S. Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, requesting an independent prosecutor be appointed immediately to investigate allegations of President Trump’s ties to Russia.

“Any interference in our election process, or any cyber threat to our nation, is a grave menace to our democracy. We need a complete accounting of what happened, how it occurred, whether any Americans were involved, and how further interference in our elections can be prevented,” wrote Congressman Cleaver.

May 16, 2017

(Washington, D.C.) - “This report that President Trump may have provided highly classified information to senior Russian officials is beyond disturbing. Congress must immediately be briefed on what, if anything, was provided to Russian senior officials, and whether it could impact the national security interest of the United States. Additionally, the seriousness of these allegations cannot be understated. It’s past time for an independent commission.”

U.S. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II

Dec 11, 2015

On Wednesday of this week, I, along with 171 of my colleagues, signed a discharge petition to force a vote on commonsense, life-saving legislation to keep guns and explosives out of the hands of terrorists. Last week, House Republicans voted three times to block the House from debating H.R. 1076, the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act. We need to bring this critical legislation immediately up for a vote. The bill would close the dangerous loophole that allows suspected terrorists on the FBI’s Terrorist Watchlist to legally buy deadly weapons.

Dec 8, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Cleaver took action to force a vote on commonsense, life-saving legislation to keep guns and explosives out of the hands of terrorists.  After House Republicans voted three times last week to block the House from debating H.R.

Sep 18, 2015

Last week marked the 14th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on our nation. We will always remember the sacrifices of those who died innocently that day, as well as the valiant acts of heroism of rescue workers, intelligence professionals, and service members in the days, months, and years following.

Sep 17, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO-05) sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, stressing the need for more anti-terror funding for the Kansas City area. Last week, a Florida man was arrested after allegedly plotting an attack in Kansas City, Missouri, for the 14th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. This arrest highlights the ongoing threats facing communities outside the naturally perceived targeted major cities.

Sep 11, 2015

Like everything else in contemporary Washington, discussion of the Iran nuclear agreement has not been a noteworthy debate about policy, but rather a worthless exercise in Lilliputian politics.

Mar 2, 2015

Déjà vu All Over Again


Last week, former Republican DHS Secretaries Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff urged the GOP to pass a clean measure to fund DHS and then debate immigration policy separately.

Feb 2, 2015

Today, U.S. Representatives Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO-05) and Al Green (TX-09) announced that President Obama has included funding for body cameras in his FY2016 budget.