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House GOP criticizes impeachment drive as distracting from national security issues

House GOP criticizes impeachment drive as distracting from national security issues
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Republicans on the House Homeland Security Committee this week criticized the focus by Democrats on an impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry played role in alleged Trump plan to oust acting AG Arizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call MORE, saying the process was distracting attention from national security priorities. 

In a letter to committee Chairman Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonCapitol insurrection fallout: A PATRIOT Act 2.0? New coalition aims to combat growing wave of ransomware attacks Acting DHS chief Chad Wolf stepping down MORE (D-Miss.) made public on Friday, the Republican committee members, led by ranking member Rep. Mike RogersMichael (Mike) Dennis RogersOvernight Defense: Trump impeached for second time | National Guard at Capitol now armed, swelling to 20K troops for inauguration | Alabama chosen for Space Command home Top Republican congressional aide resigns, rips GOP lawmakers who objected to Biden win READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results MORE (R-Ala.) noted their “concern” that the “Democrat majority’s overwhelming preoccupation with its partisan quest to impeach the President is undermining the ability of our Committee to move critically needed legislation to secure the homeland.”

“In the mist of impeachment, the majority has failed to make progress on important homeland security legislative priorities such as securing the border, safeguarding chemical facilities from acts of terrorism, protecting vulnerable public and private networks from cyber threats, or moving a comprehensive authorization of the Department of Homeland Security,” the Republican members also wrote.

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Among cybersecurity challenges facing the country, the Republican committee members specifically noted the increase in ransomware attacks across the country this year.

Targets of those attacks have included schools and government entities, and the Republicans took issue with the full committee not yet considering legislation that has been introduced to help address them.

“We urge you to reject the divisive politics of impeachment and work with us to solve these challenges in a bipartisan manner,” the Republican members wrote. 

Every Republican member of the House Homeland Security Committee signed the letter, including Reps. Pete KingPeter (Pete) KingTop GOP lawmakers call for Swalwell to be removed from Intelligence Committee Republican Garbarino wins election to replace retiring Rep. Pete King Katko announces bid to serve as top Republican on Homeland Security panel MORE (N.Y.), Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulCheney tests Trump grip on GOP post-presidency US ambassador to Israel Twitter account briefly includes West Bank, Gaza Biden urged to reverse Pompeo-Trump move on Houthis MORE (Texas), John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoCalls grow for 9/11-style panel to probe Capitol attack Hillicon Valley: Intelligence agency gathers US smartphone location data without warrants, memo says | Democrats seek answers on impact of Russian hack on DOJ, courts | Airbnb offers Biden administration help with vaccine distribution House lawmakers reintroduce bipartisan bill to weed out foreign disinformation on social media MORE (N.Y.), Mark WalkerBradley (Mark) Mark WalkerSeven Senate races to watch in 2022 Lara Trump leading Republicans in 2022 North Carolina Senate poll Rep. Mark Walker announces Senate bid in North Carolina MORE (N.C.), Clay HigginsGlen (Clay) Clay HigginsREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results GOP lawmaker, CNN anchor battle over lack of evidence for fraud claims Here are the Republicans planning to challenge the Electoral College results MORE (La.), Debbie Lesko (Ariz.), Mark GreenMark GreenREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results Here are the Republicans planning to challenge the Electoral College results Republicans press FBI for briefing on efforts by Chinese government operatives to gain influence with lawmakers MORE (Tenn.), Van TaylorVan TaylorHouse approves rules package for new Congress House Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit Van Taylor wins reelection to Texas seat held by GOP since 1968 MORE (Texas), John JoyceJohn JoyceOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Nine, including former Michigan governor, charged over Flint water crisis | Regulator finalizes rule forcing banks to serve oil, gun companies | Trump admin adds hurdle to increase efficiency standards for furnaces, water heaters READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results Here are the Republicans planning to challenge the Electoral College results MORE (Pa.), Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawCheney tests Trump grip on GOP post-presidency K Street navigates virtual inauguration week Wyoming county votes to censure Liz Cheney for Trump impeachment vote MORE (Texas) and Michael GuestMichael GuestREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results Washing our hands of the coronavirus House GOP criticizes impeachment drive as distracting from national security issues MORE (Miss.).

A Democratic aide told The Hill that the letter was “confusing,” saying the committee has approved 62 mostly bipartisan bills and held over 40 hearings since the start of the current Congress.

“The highlighted issues are generally issues we are also concerned with and will continue the work we have already done on those issues next year, when in our jurisdiction,” the aide said.