National & Homeland Security, Fighting for First Responders
Delivering for our police and first responders
Max is always fighting for our police and first responders. He has spoken out against and opposed attempts to “defund” our brave men and women in uniform. Max lead a successful bipartisan effort to increase Homeland Security Grants to the NYPD and other local law enforcement and got results. He secured $50 million in new counterterrorism funding for NYPD and other local law enforcement. Max also pushed for and voted for a $245.5 million increase in other federal grants to local and state law enforcement. After successfully leading an amendment that increased funding for the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Program by $3 million for Fiscal Year 2020, he continued his leadership and passed an amendment to increase those funds by another $2.5 million for Fiscal Year 2021.
Max has also cosponsored the Protect and Serve Act which makes it a federal crime to intentionally assault a law enforcement officers while in the process of interstate travel. As the first post-9/11 combat veteran serving New York City in elected office, Max knows that our city is on the frontlines of the fight against terrorism. Max strongly supports the NYPD and all of New York’s first responders and is fighting to ensure that they receive the resources they need to keep us all safe.
Our NYPD officers, firefighters, and EMTs have put their lives on the line during the COVID-19 pandemic since day one. That’s why Max introduced legislation which passed in the House of Representatives to ensure public safety officers who contract the coronavirus while on duty are eligible to receive death and disability benefits, without unnecessary legal hurdles. Max ultimately worked with House leadership and the Senate to see the Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act signed into law by President Trump this year.
Taking on terrorism
As the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism and sitting member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, Max is committed to ensuring that our nation is secure both at home and overseas. That is why he has fought to ensure tighter coordination among our national security agencies through the establishment of the Counter Terrorism Advisory Board, and has worked to sanction Iranian-backed terror groups operating in Iraq.
Max has delivered results in his short time in office. His bill, the Homeland Security Assessment of Terrorists Use of Ghost Guns Act, was signed into law by the president. It ensures that the Department of Homeland Security develops and disseminates to local law enforcement a threat assessment regarding terrorist use of ghost guns, a dangerous from of untraceable weapons that NYPD has said they are very concerned about.
And Max is taking on social media companies to keep us safe – because the way that most new terrorists become radicalized is online in today’s world – and social media is a big way they are getting lured in. Max got them to take their counterterrorism trade group that didn’t even have one dedicated full-time staffer and transform it into a real organization. Now not only do they have full-time staff, their new Executive Director is the former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center under both Presidents Obama and Trump. He got them take terrorism on their platforms seriously and to hire a heavyweight who can really take on terrorism online.
Max is also a leading voice in congress in combatting anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic domestic terrorism. He’s at the forefront of countering a growing threat that not enough people are paying attention to – the threat of violent white supremacists with ties to international groups. These are the killers responsible for the terrorist attacks on the synagogue in Poway, Calif. and the grocery store in El Paso, Texas. Max is now pushing his bill that recognizes the global threat transnational white supremacist extremism presents to America and that urges the U.S. Department of State to designate these violent foreign white supremacist groups as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO). This designation is essential to further empowering law enforcement and intelligence officials to better address the quickly emerging threat they pose to the homeland.
Max knows that our national security lies through working closely with our allies to confront the continued threat of terrorism at home, confront the rise of rivals abroad, and protect the sanctity of our democratic process from foreign interference. That is why since taking office, Max has supported legislation that will ensure proper oversight of decisions affecting American soldiers abroad, reassert Congress’ constitutional authority to declare war, and empower foreign partners to interdict terrorists travelling to and from warzones.