Reps. Kustoff and Williams introduce bill to return Secret Service to Treasury Department oversight


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U.S. Representatives David Kustoff (R-TN) and Roger Williams (R-TX) recently introduced the U.S. Secret Service Mission Enhancement and Realignment Act of 2022 (HR 7689) that would place the U.S. Secret Service under the jurisdiction of the US Department. of the Treasury.

The Secret Service is currently housed within the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Founded in 1865 by President Abraham Lincoln, the Secret Service historically had its roots in the Treasury. It was created to combat the rise of counterfeit money after the Civil War.

“The Treasury Department is a better fit for the Secret Service because the agency’s primary responsibility is to fight financial crimes and counter critical criminal threats to America’s financial systems,” Kustoff said.

However, the function of the Secret Service has changed over time, particularly following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The Secret Service was transferred under the DHS umbrella after the passage of the Homeland Security Act from 2002.

“The return of the Secret Service to the US Treasury will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its investigations and strengthen its ability to combat illicit finance and cybercrime,” Kustoff added. “I thank my friend, Congressman Roger Williams, for joining me in introducing the United States Secret Service Mission Enhancement and Realignment Act of 2022. It will further strengthen the agency’s mission. and ensure that our agents have the tools necessary to protect the US financial system and keep our country safe.

The bill was referred to the House Judiciary and Homeland Security Committees. Williams attempted a similar bill in 2020, but the legislation never progressed.


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