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Jennifer Scholtes


Jennifer Scholtes writes for CQ Homeland Security. Since starting at CQ in 2007, she has covered floor procedure and legislation in both the House and Senate. Before that, she was chief copy editor for the Paradise Post in northern California and a reporter with Media Newsgroup newspapers in that region. űJen is a graduate of Chico State's journalism school and grew up in the California college town known for being home to Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. ű

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Secret Service Chief Slammed Over WH Breach

March 17, 2015

Top House appropriators called Tuesday for the Secret Service to immediately slap down disciplinary action and open its own investigation into allegations that two senior-level agents drove into a White House barricade while drunk earlier this month.

Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy testified before the House spending panel’s Homeland Security Subcommittee less than a week after lawmakers got word of the incident, and said he plans to wait for the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general wraps up its investigation ibefore he takes action beyond his decision to transfer the officers out of supervisory roles.

But lawmakers from both sides of the aisle urged the director to start taking steps toward firing the agents involved, suggesting the agency is trying to buy time and deflect scrutiny by waiting on the IG’s investigation.

“Needless to say, we want to get to the bottom of it right away,” said Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Ky., chairman of the full committee. “To say you’re not investigating because you want the inspector general of the department to investigate is hogwash.”

Democrats Rebuff DHS Bill Over Immigration Provisions

Feb. 3, 2015

Democrats banded together Tuesday to block the Senate from considering a Homeland Security spending bill, leaving GOP leaders scrambling to find another path forward to challenge the president over immigration.

Republicans: Exec Action Timing Sends Divisive Signal

Nov. 19, 2014

Miffed that President Barack Obama plans to announce his immigration actions while they are strapped in at 30,000 feet en route to their home districts, congressional Republicans say the timing shows that the president has no regard for their input.

FBI Chief: Terrorists Can Attack US 'in Their Pajamas in Their Basement'

Sept. 18, 2014

A day after a New York man was indicted on charges of trying to provide support to the Islamic State, top federal officials expressed concern to Congress about the reach the terrorist group could have via the Internet to inspire Americans to carry out domestic attacks.

“Someone can do it in their pajamas in their basement,” FBI Director James B. Comey told the House Homeland Security Committee during a hearing Wednesday morning. “These are the homegrown violent extremists that we worry about, who can get all the poison they need and the training they need to kill Americans, and in a way that is very hard for us to spot."

White House Ducks Questions on Deporting Child Migrants

June 9, 2014

The Obama administration stressed Monday that child migrants entering the country illegally must go through deportation proceedings, but continued to avoid answering questions about how many of them actually show up and end up getting deported.

White House Boosts Response to Surge in Child Migrants

June 2, 2014

President Barack Obama ordered the creation of a high-level working group to respond to the recent surge in unaccompanied immigrant children, following congressional criticism that he has neglected to acknowledge the extra money and effort needed to handle the crisis.

Alone, Illegal and Underage: The Child Migrant Crisis

May 28, 2014

On America’s southern border, officials have watched for the past few years as a trickle of children crossing the Rio Grande illegally without their parents has turned into a veritable flood. So many kids, in fact, that the issue has triggered a crisis, as Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson had to issue an emergency alert this month establishing a shelter at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas to house the thousands of youths entering each week.

Clash Over NSA Spy Programs on Capitol Hill

June 13, 2013

Top law enforcement and intelligence officials fiercely defended the Obama administration’s sweeping surveillance programs on Capitol Hill Thursday, emphasizing their legality, their record of success in thwarting terrorist attacks and the many opportunities lawmakers have had over the years to alter the programs that some are now criticizing as too intrusive.

Inhofe Reverses Stance on Possible Rice Nomination

Nov. 26, 2012

One of the Senate’s strongest critics of Susan E. Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is changing his tune. Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., said Monday night that he would not necessarily oppose Rice if President Barack Obama nominates her as his next secretary of State.

Lieberman Blasts Panel Republican for Leaking Secret Service Probe Details

Oct. 19, 2012

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Joseph I. Lieberman on Friday chided a leading Republican on his panel for divulging details of an unpublished investigation into the Secret Service’s prostitution scandal this spring.




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