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 John TrumpIvanka Trump pitches Goya Foods products on Twitter Sessions defends recusal: 'I leave elected office with my integrity intact' Former White House physician Ronny Jackson wins Texas runoff MORE, saying the process was distracting attention from national security priorities. 

In a letter to committee Chairman Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonHouse to vote next week on ridding Capitol of Confederate statues State legislatures consider US Capitol's Confederate statues House eyes votes to remove symbols of Confederates from Capitol MORE (D-Miss.) made public on Friday, the Republican committee members, led by ranking member Rep. Mike RogersMichael (Mike) Dennis RogersThe Hill's Morning Report - Capitol Hill weighs action on racial justice as protests carry on Bottom line Officials warn Chinese hackers targeting groups developing coronavirus treatments 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) KingCheney clashes with Trump Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney On The Money: 3 million more Americans file for unemployment benefits | Sanders calls for Senate to 'improve' House Democrats' coronavirus bill | Less than 40 percent of small businesses have received emergency coronavirus loans MORE (N.Y.), Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulCongress pulls punches on Russian bounties firestorm GOP lawmakers raise questions about WHO's coronavirus timeline China must be held accountable for its egregious actions against Hong Kong MORE (Texas), John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoHillicon Valley: Wells Fargo tells employees to delete TikTok from work phones | Google, Facebook join legal challenge to ICE foreign students rule | House Republican introduces bills to bolster federal cybersecurity House Republican introduces legislation to strengthen federal cybersecurity Democrats release bilingual ads on police reform bill MORE (N.Y.), Mark WalkerBradley (Mark) Mark WalkerPence confidant helps 24-year-old beat Trump-backed candidate Rubio to introduce bill allowing NCAA athletes to make money from name, likeness Democrats press OSHA official on issuing an Emergency Temporary Standard MORE (N.C.), Clay HigginsGlen (Clay) Clay HigginsLawmakers ask Trump administration to help Gulf oil and gas producers Louisiana church defies coronavirus recommendations to hold service for 300 The five dumbest things said about impeachment so far MORE (La.), Debbie Lesko (Ariz.), Mark GreenMark GreenComer tapped to serve as top Republican on House Oversight Clyburn pledges not to recognize committee members who don't wear masks This week: Democrats set to move health care, infrastructure proposals with eye on November MORE (Tenn.), Van TaylorNicholas (Van) Van Campen TaylorFormer Texas Rep. Sam Johnson dies at 89 House GOP urge Trump against supporting additional funding for state and local governments Congress tiptoes toward remote voting MORE (Texas), John JoyceJohn JoyceHillicon Valley: Livestreaming service Twitch suspends Trump account | Reddit updates hate speech policy, bans subreddits including The_Donald | India bans TikTok Trump campaign sues Pennsylvania, county election boards over mail-in voting House GOP to launch China probes beyond COVID-19 MORE (Pa.), Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Fauci says focus should be on pausing reopenings rather than reverting to shutdowns; WHO director pleads for international unity in pandemic response Crenshaw takes aim at Duckworth's patriotism, accuses her of supporting the 'destruction of America' What to us is the Fourth of July? MORE (Texas) and Michael GuestMichael GuestWashing our hands of the coronavirus House GOP criticizes impeachment drive as distracting from national security issues Border Patrol chief 'extremely offended' by Ocasio-Cortez's concentration camp comments 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.