Congressional Engagement

The Council's congressional activities focus on developing and nurturing a strong ongoing dialogue between industry leaders and key Members of Congress, their senior committee staff, and legislative officials from the relevant federal agencies on the vital policy issues impacting the homeland security mission.

Council members participate in discussions and activities that allow for a better understanding of government's priority issues of concern, as well as facilitate the sharing of industry's varied points of view on those matters.

The Council’s congressional engagement includes:

Meet and Greet Policy Discussions – These informal conversations with Members of Congress from the relevant homeland security committees give Council senior executives the opportunity to hear their legislative priorities and share our industry viewpoints and perspectives.

Public Policy Discussions – These meetings are held with senior congressional staff from the homeland security committees and key legislative officials from DHS to provide Council leaders and SMEs the opportunity to share perspectives on legislative priorities and industry’s point of view.

Industry-Government Receptions – These quarterly receptions give high-level industry executives and government officials an opportunity to meet one another in an informal environment.

Congressional Staff Briefings and Meetings – The Council maintains a close relationship with congressional staff tasked with overseeing the homeland security legislative agenda and is regularly asked to provide subject matter input on critical issues affecting the homeland security enterprise.  Additionally, the Council hosted a congressional staff briefing in coordination with the bi-partisan House Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade, and Security (PORTS) Caucus, involving a panel of our maritime security subject matter expects. 

Congressional Testimony – Although the Council is a bi-partisan, non-lobbying organization, we have been asked numerous times to testify at hearings to provide industry’s perspective on critical issues surrounding homeland security. The Council membership provides input and expert advice for its testimonies.

For more information on the Council’s congressional activities, contact Erin Walls at ewalls@homelandcouncil.org or 202-470-6443.

Past Congressional Programs

  • Executive Roundtable with U.S. Senate HSGAC Chairman
    U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs, discussed his top priorities at the Council's Executive Roundtable.  
  • Industry – Government Homeland Security Reception
    Leaders from the private and public sectors attended the Council’s Industry-Government Homeland Security Reception for an opportunity to gather in a casual environment. This event…
  • Industry – Government Homeland Security Reception
    Homeland security leaders from the private and public sectors attended the Council's Industry-Government Homeland Security Reception for an opportunity to gather in a casual environment.
  • Meet & Greet Policy Discussion
    Meet & Greet Policy Discussion with Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) & Rep. Barry Loudermilk…
  • Public Policy Discussion with Author of The Partisan Divide: Congress in Crisis
    Former Congressman Tom Davis, now with Deloitte, led a discussion with a group of Council members about his book The Partisan Divide: Congress in Crisis…
  • Industry – Government Homeland Security Reception
    Leaders from the private and public sectors attended the Council's Industry-Government Homeland Security Reception for an opportunity to gather in a casual environment. This event…
  • Meet & Greet Policy Discussion
    Ranking Member Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY), and Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA) spoke with Council members about their…
  • Executive Roundtable with Chairman Carter
    U.S. Rep. John Carter, Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, spoke to Council members on his priorities at our Executive Roundtable on…
  • Industry-Government Homeland Security Reception
    Leaders from the private and public sectors attended the Council’s Industry-Government Homeland Security Reception for an opportunity to gather in a casual environment. This event…
  • Public Policy Luncheon
    Brendan Shields, Majority Staff Director for the Committee on Homeland Security, spoke to Council members about the Committee's current and future priorities at our Public…