I just got back from the Southwest border...

Senator Tom Carper
2013-03-05 14:12:18
Carper's Connection Tackling some of our biggest challenges March 5, 2013 Dear Friend, I just got back from our nation’s Southwestern border in Arizona. During my visit, I joined my friends Senator John McCain from Arizona and Congressman Mike McCaul from Texas, and later Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, to examine our country’s border with Mexico. I wanted to learn about the progress we’ve made on border security in recent years and hear from the folks on the ground – from law enforcement officials to business owners to ranchers – about how we can sustain and build on our successes. I plan to use what I learned in these conversations to help guide our dialogue in Congress as my colleagues and I work to modernize our immigration system in order to make it more effective and humane and to improve our nation’s economic competitiveness while safeguarding our security. Sen. Carper views a segment of the Mexican border in Arizona with Border Patrol agents. Click the image for more photos from the trip. Right now, our country is facing unprecedented challenges: Threats to our security, in the form of online attacks, new terrorist havens and more; A fiscal quagmire that hurts our future and the faith Americans have in their leaders; and, A broken immigration system.  As Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, I plan to address these evolving challenges head-on in our ongoing effort to make our nation more secure and our government more functional and efficient. Ultimately, our committee is tasked with protecting both lives and our scarce taxpayer dollars, and as the new Congress gets rolling, I want to update you on what my priorities on the committee will be. Cybersecurity Every day, we learn of more online attacks that underscore just how vulnerable we really are to cyber criminals, terrorists, and nation-states seeking to use technology to steal from us or do us harm. Our nation urgently needs a modern approach to ensuring the security of cyber space. While the President took an important first step recently by signing an Executive Order to shore up our cyber security efforts, more action is needed to address remaining gaps in the measure and to keep pace with an increasingly complex and dangerous threat. I still believe that bipartisan legislation is critical to adequately address this serious security threat. I look forward to moving legislation through our committee that would complement the Executive Order and enhance our cyber security efforts. This week, I will chair a hearing, alongside the Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee Jay Rockefeller, on this critical issue. Postal Reform With one of the largest retail networks in the nation, the Postal Service has a presence in nearly every community across the country as well as a colossal presence in our national economy – operating at the center of an industry that employs nearly 8 million people and generates almost a trillion dollars in economic activity each year. Yet due to the crippling combination of a weak economy and a dramatic increase in digital communication, this cherished American institution is on a path to insolvency. As reiterated at our Committee’s hearing with the Postmaster General, Patrick Donahoe, last month, time is running out for the Postal Service. Despite passing legislation in the Senate last year, Congress ultimately failed to finalize a comprehensive bill to reform the Postal Service. So in the coming weeks, I plan to pick up where we left off and work with my colleagues in the Senate and House, including my counterpart on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Chairman Darrell Issa from California, to find a solution to the Postal Service’s financial crisis by finally giving the Postal Service the flexibility it needs to survive and thrive. Immigration We haven’t reformed our nation’s immigration system in over 25 years. It’s well past time to overhaul our laws to make them more effective and humane, to improve our economic competitiveness and better safeguard our security. Some of my colleagues in the Senate have stepped up to the plate and have put forward a bipartisan, comprehensive framework for fixing the system. I support their efforts, and I believe the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee can be a good partner in moving this legislation forward. As chairman, I’ll focus on continuing to secure our borders and ports of entry in a cost effective and efficient manner. These are just a few of the many issues we’ll be tackling in the coming months and I look forward to working to find solutions as Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in the Senate. If we’re willing to work together, compromise and do the right thing – and I believe we are – I’m confident that we can make our country safer and make our government work better for the American people. Let's get to work.
Tackling some of our biggest challenges

March 5, 2013

Dear Friend,

I just got back from our nation’s Southwestern border in Arizona. During my visit, I wanted to learn about the progress we’ve made on border security in recent years and hear from the folks on the ground – from law enforcement officials to business owners to ranchers – . I plan to use what I learned in these conversations to help guide our dialogue in Congress as my colleagues and I work to modernize our immigration system in order to make it more effective and humane and to improve our nation’s economic competitiveness while safeguarding our security.


Sen. Carper views a segment of the Mexican border in Arizona with Border Patrol agents. Click the image for more photos from the trip.

Right now, our country is facing unprecedented challenges:

  • Threats to our security, in the form of online attacks, new terrorist havens and more;
  • A fiscal quagmire that hurts our future and the faith Americans have in their leaders; and,
  • A broken immigration system. 

. Ultimately, our committee is tasked with protecting both lives and our scarce taxpayer dollars, and as the new Congress gets rolling, I want to update you on what my priorities on the committee will be.

Cybersecurity

Every day, that underscore just how vulnerable we really are to cyber criminals, terrorists, and nation-states seeking to use technology to steal from us or do us harm. Our nation urgently needs a modern approach to ensuring the security of cyber space. While the President took an important first step recently by signing an , more action is needed to address remaining gaps in the measure and to keep pace with an increasingly complex and dangerous threat. I still believe that bipartisan legislation is critical to adequately address this serious security threat. I look forward to moving legislation through our committee that would complement the Executive Order and enhance our cyber security efforts. .

Postal Reform

With one of the largest retail networks in the nation, the Postal Service has a presence in nearly every community across the country as well as a colossal presence in our national economy – operating at the center of an industry that employs nearly 8 million people and generates almost a trillion dollars in economic activity each year. Yet due to the crippling combination of a weak economy and a dramatic increase in digital communication, this cherished American institution is on a path to insolvency. . Despite passing legislation in the Senate last year, Congress ultimately failed to finalize a comprehensive bill to reform the Postal Service. So in the coming weeks, I plan to pick up where we left off and work with my colleagues in the Senate and House, including my counterpart on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Chairman Darrell Issa from California, to find a solution to the Postal Service’s financial crisis by finally giving the Postal Service the flexibility it needs to survive and thrive.

Immigration

We haven’t reformed our nation’s immigration system in over 25 years. It’s well past time to overhaul our laws to make them more effective and humane, to improve our economic competitiveness and better safeguard our security. Some of my colleagues in the Senate have stepped up to the plate and have put forward a bipartisan, comprehensive framework for fixing the system. I support their efforts, and . As chairman, I’ll focus on continuing to secure our borders and ports of entry in a cost effective and efficient manner.

These are just a few of the many issues we’ll be tackling in the coming months and I look forward to working to find solutions as Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in the Senate. If we’re willing to work together, compromise and do the right thing – and I believe we are – I’m confident that we can make our country safer and make our government work better for the American people.

Let's get to work.

U.S. Senator Tom Carper

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