Committee on Homeland Security

Michael McCaul

Subcommittee Hearing: Agents of Opportunity: Responding to the Threat of Chemical Terrorism

2015/03/19


Subcommittee Hearing: Unmanned Aerial System Threats: Exploring Security Implications and Mitigation Technologies

2015/03/18


Subcommittee Hearing: Combating Terrorist Travel: Does the Visa Waiver Program Keep Our Nation Safe?

2015/03/17


Subcommittee Hearing: Industry Perspectives on the President’s Cybersecurity Information Sharing Proposal

2015/03/04


McCaul Op-Ed: We must not play politics with our national security (FoxNews.com)

2015/03/04

 

Today, we heard from Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who discussed the threats from Iran and ISIS not only to Israel but to the United States. Today, I also voted to protect the American people from these threats. Shutting down the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - a national security agency - in this high threat environment would be irresponsible and dangerous.

Islamist terror groups are spreading like wildfire and want nothing less than destruction of our way of life. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper recently noted that last year was “the most lethal year for global terrorism” in recorded history. This year is likely to be worse.

In Syria and Iraq, a barbaric terrorist army has taken root in the form of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). This is far beyond what we saw with al Qaeda in the years leading up to 9/11. 

From safe havens across the Middle East, these murderous terrorists are plotting against the U.S. and our allies. 

Both ISIS and al Qaeda have been urging more of their followers to rise up and attack America and its allies at home. Just last month, al Shabaab, al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, called on individuals in the West to carry out attacks against shopping centers like the Mall of America. 

In addition to the plots and attacks in the U.S. and Canada, Islamist terrorists have also inspired or executed attacks in Denmark, France, Australia, and Brussels. These fanatics are dead set on bringing more of this type of violence to our streets.

Every day they inch closer to their goal through the radicalization and recruitment of our citizens. More than 180 Americans have tried or succeeded in joining extremists in Syria and Iraq, such as the three Brooklyn men recently arrested by the FBI. Already, around 40 Americans have come back from Syria, and they are being investigated to ensure they do not represent a danger to the United States.

But as we have seen on the streets of New York City and Ottawa, fanatics do not need to go overseas to become a danger to our country. Terrorist groups have successfully leveraged social media to recruit from within our own communities and inspire homegrown extremists. 

DHS plays a lead role in combating these threats. Created after 9/11, it is charged with stopping terrorist from coming into the United States by using transportation security screening, border checks, and terrorist watch listing. The department is also essential for uncovering and stopping terror plots hatched both in the United States and overseas through activities like intelligence sharing and collaboration with state and local law enforcement. 

Last year, President Obama overstepped his constitutional bounds and ignored Congress to declare a unilateral, sweeping overhaul of our country’s immigration laws. His unlawful executive actions have led to a contentious political showdown over funding for DHS.

I strongly believe the president’s executive actions on immigration are unconstitutional. Senate Democrats refused to come to the table to address the unlawful actions even after seven of them agreed the president had overreached. Fortunately, the Federal courts agreed with me and put his executive orders on hold. And I am optimistic this standard will be upheld on appeal. Ultimately, it is the courts that must resolve this constitutional crisis not Congress.

Shutting down DHS will not shut down the president’s unlawful executive actions because the implementation of his actions is not appropriated by Congress but rather run by applicant fees. As such, the office in DHS tasked with carrying out the president’s executive actions would remain open, even if the department was shut down. 

Closing DHS in this high-threat environment would be dangerous and would telegraph weakness of resolve to our enemies. We need DHS to continue to connect the dots to stop terrorist attacks.

I've taken an oath to defend this country and its institutions against all enemies. We can - and must - reverse the president's immigration actions, but we cannot put this country at risk in the process. And with the horrific and tragic incidents in Paris, New York and Ottawa in the last six months I will not have blood on my hands because we chose to play politics instead of protecting our country.

Shutting down DHS will not hold the president accountable and I will not put America in danger.

Michael McCaul is the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/03/03/must-not-play-politics-with-our-national-security/

 

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McCaul Statement on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Address to Congress

2015/03/03

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to a joint meeting of Congress:

Chairman McCaul: "Prime Minister Netanyahu delivered a powerful speech and a compelling argument for why the Iran nuclear deal is dangerous for the national security of both Israel and the United States. The Prime Minister is correct, ISIS and Iran are competing for the crown of militant Islam, we cannot allow either to succeed in its goal. I continue to stand with Israel against what is most certainly a bad deal for the U.S., Israel, and the security of the entire Middle East region and call for President Obama to recognize the threat for what it is."

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Ratcliffe to Hold Hearing on Industry Perspectives on President’s Cybersecurity Information Sharing Proposal

2015/03/03

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tomorrow, the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies will hold a hearing to examine President Obama’s cybersecurity legislative proposal on information sharing.

WEDNESDAY, March 4 at 2:00 p.m.

Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies

“Industry Perspectives on the President’s Cybersecurity Information Sharing Proposal”

311 Cannon House Office Building

Witnesses Include:

·         Mr. Matthew J. Eggers, Senior Director, National Security and Emergency Preparedness, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

·         Ms. Mary Ellen Callahan, Jenner & Block, Former Chief Privacy Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

·         Mr. Gregory Garcia, Executive Director, Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council

·         Dr. Martin Libicki, the RAND Corporation

Subcommittee Chairman John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, on the hearing: “Last week, the full committee heard from DHS's cybersecurity officials about the president's cybersecurity information sharing proposal. This hearing will be an opportunity for stakeholders to share their perspectives on information sharing legislation. The only way we can address our cybersecurity vulnerabilities and fortify our defenses against future cyber attacks is by increasing the sharing of threat indicators between the public and private sectors. As such, we need buy-in from stakeholders before we move forward.”

*LIVE video of the hearing will be available here.

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House Committee on Homeland Security Schedule for March 2-6, 2015

2015/02/27

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security has announced the following hearing for next week:  

WEDNESDAY, March 4 at 2:00 p.m.

Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies

“Industry Perspectives on the President’s Cybersecurity Information Sharing Proposal”

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

·         Mr. Matthew Eggers, Senior Director, National Security and Emergency Preparedness, U.S Chamber of Commerce

·         Mr. Gregory T. Garcia, Executive Director, Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security

·         Ms. Mary Ellen Callahan, Former Chief Privacy Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Subcommittee Chairman John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, on the hearing: “Earlier this week, the full committee heard from DHS's cybersecurity officials about the president's cybersecurity information sharing proposal. This hearing will be an opportunity for stakeholders to share their perspectives on information sharing legislation. The only way we can address our cybersecurity vulnerabilities and fortify our defenses against future cyber attacks is by increasing the sharing of threat indicators between the public and private sectors. As such, we need buy-in from stakeholders before we move forward.”

*LIVE video of the hearing will be available here.

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Subcommittee Hearing: Addressing Remaining Gaps in Federal, State, and Local Information Sharing

2015/02/26


Subcommittee Hearing: Assessing DHS’s Performance: Watchdog Recommendations to Improve Homeland Security

2015/02/26


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Membership

Louis Barletta

PENNSYLVANIA's 11th DISTRICT

Buddy Carter

GEORGIA's 1st DISTRICT

Curt Clawson

FLORIDA's 19th DISTRICT

Jeff Duncan

SOUTH CAROLINA's 3rd DISTRICT

Will Hurd

TEXAS' 23rd DISTRICT

John Katko

NEW YORK's 24th DISTRICT

Peter King

NEW YORK's 2nd DISTRICT

Barry Loudermilk

GEORGIA's 11th DISTRICT

Tom Marino

PENNSYLVANIA's 10th DISTRICT

Michael McCaul

TEXAS' 10th DISTRICT

Martha McSally

ARIZONA's 2nd DISTRICT

Candice Miller

MICHIGAN's 10th DISTRICT

Steven Palazzo

MISSISSIPPI's 4th DISTRICT

Scott Perry

PENNSYLVANIA's 4th DISTRICT

John Ratcliffe

TEXAS' 4th DISTRICT

Mike Rogers

ALABAMA's 3rd DISTRICT

Lamar Smith

TEXAS' 21st DISTRICT

Mark Walker

NORTH CAROLINA's 6th DISTRICT