|Sponsor||Rep. Bilirakis, Gus M.|
|Date||March 4, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)|
|Staff Contact||Adam Hepburn|
H.Res. 195 is being considered on the floor under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) on February 26, 2009.
H.Res. 195 resolves that the House of Representatives "recognizes and honors the employees of the Department of Homeland Security on its sixth anniversary for their continuous efforts to keep the Nation safe."
As a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was founded by Congress in 2003. DHS marked its sixth year of full-scale operations on March 1, 2009. Over 223,000 employees work at the Department to deter, detect, and prevent acts of terrorism as well as to respond to a terrorist attack, natural disaster, or other emergency. The mission of DHS is to secure the Nation's borders, protect critical infrastructure, share information, facilitate safe and lawful travel and trade, and work with States and localities to enhance preparedness.