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February 14, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman Michael McCaul (TX-10) and Transportation and Protective Services Subcommittee Chairman John Katko (NY-24) issued the following statement in the wake of 12 current and former Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and airport employees being indicted for smuggling approximately 20 tons of cocaine through TSA security systems at Puerto Rico’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport between 1998 and 2016.

January 31, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) to bolster counterterrorism efforts overwhelmingly passed the U.S. House of Representatives this afternoon.

January 6, 2017 Press Release

Syracuse, New York – U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today released the following statement regarding the shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport:


“My thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by the horrific and senseless shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida today.  I am incredibly thankful for the actions of the law enforcement officers and other first responders who put their own lives on the line to assist those in harm’s way. 


December 30, 2016 Press Release

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today released the below statement in response to the Obama administration’s announcement of sanctions against Russia:
“President Obama's approach towards Russia has failed to a large degree, and left us and the world vulnerable to its increasingly aggressive actions.  While President Obama's response is important, much more should have been done to bolster our cyber defenses and prevent Russian aggression globally.

December 20, 2016 Press Release

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today released the following statement regarding yesterday’s attack in Berlin and assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey:

December 2, 2016 Press Release
Rep. Katko highlights benefits for Central New York in Defense Package
November 30, 2016 Press Release
Legislation authorizes much-needed threat analysis on nation’s northern border
September 7, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee’s Transportation Security Subcommittee, today applauded U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) for introducing the Cuban Airport Security Act in the U.S. Senate.


August 31, 2016 Press Release

SYRACUSE, NY – Today, U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) released the following statement on the first commercial flight departure from the U.S. to Cuba:

“In spite of concerns about the security of Cuban airports, the Obama Administration continues to push political goals at the expense of the safety and security of the traveling public by moving forward with commercial flights between Cuba and the U.S.  This premature, and ill-advised opening represents a direct threat to our national security.  

August 19, 2016 Press Release


SYRACUSE, NY – U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today released the below statement on the Administration’s $400 million payment to Iran: