Committee on Homeland Security

Michael McCaul

Subcommittee Hearing: Examining TSA’s Management of the Screening Partnership Program

2014/07/29


Subcommittee Hearing: Protecting the Homeland from Nuclear and Radiological Threats

2014/07/29


POSTPONED: Subcommittee Hearing: Threat to the U.S. Homeland: Emerging Nexus Between Foreign Actors, Transnational Criminal Organizations, and Terrorist Organizations in Latin America

2014/07/24

The Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency hearing entitled “Threat to the U.S. Homeland: Emerging Nexus between Foreign Actors, Transnational Criminal Organizations, and Terrorist Organizations in Latin America,” scheduled for Thursday, July 24, 2014, HAS BEEN POSTPONED to a date and time to be announced. 

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Subcommittee Hearing: Jihadist Safe Havens: Efforts to Detect and Deter Terrorist Travel

2014/07/24


Hearing: The Rising Terrorist Threat and the Unfulfilled 9/11 Recommendation

2014/07/23


House Passes Homeland Security Legislation on Transportation Security

2014/07/22

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 4802, H.R. 4803, and H.R. 4812 - bipartisan legislation to bolster security at airports, provide oversight of the Transportation Security Administration’s Office of Inspection, and simplify travel for our veterans.

Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX): “Today, the House passed commonsense, bipartisan legislation to strengthen airport security, save taxpayer dollars through reforms to TSA employee management, and improve the ease of travel for our nation’s veterans. The Gerardo Hernandez Airport Security Act of 2014 builds on important lessons the Committee gleaned from multiple hearings on the tragic shooting at Los Angeles International Airport last November, which took the life of TSA Officer Gerardo Hernandez and wounded three others. The bill supports the airport community’s best practices to better prepare for and respond to active shooter scenarios. The Department of Homeland Security Inspector General has also found that TSA’s misclassification of some employees is wasting taxpayers’ dollars and the TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act ensures employee workload matches position and pay within the Office of Inspection. Lastly, I am proud the House has passed the Honor Flight Act to properly recognize our veterans by providing expedited and dignified screening for these brave men and women traveling to visit war memorials dedicated to their service. I thank Subcommittee Chairman Hudson, Ranking Member Richmond, and Representative Sanford for their leadership on these bills.”

The House passed, by voice vote, H.R. 4802, the Airport Security Enhancement Act of 2014, which was introduced by Subcommittee Chairman Richard Hudson (R-NC). The legislation improves intergovernmental planning for and communication during security incidents at domestic airports.

Subcommittee Chairman Hudson on H.R. 4802: “With threats to our nation’s transportation systems constantly evolving, we must work to ensure the airport community is prepared to respond effectively and efficiently to protect the traveling public. This bill will provide more extensive collaboration and coordination between all transportation security stakeholders and create safer airports across the country. Given the partisan gridlock in Washington, I am proud of the bipartisan support this common-sense legislation received in the House, and I hope it will be swiftly brought to the Senate floor. I will continue to work to ensure our airports and TSA have the tools needed to keep our travelers safe.”

The House also approved, by voice vote, H.R. 4803, the TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act of 2014, which was introduced by Representative Mark Sanford (R-SC). The bill requires TSA to conform to existing Federal law and regulations regarding criminal investigator positions. 

Representative Sanford on H.R. 4803: “I’m encouraged that the House today passed what I think will be a small, but commonsense step in the larger battle toward reining in government spending. Even though there are Federal standards in place that lay out how employees qualify for higher wages, the Transportation Security Administration pays some of their employees more for jobs they’re not doing. That wouldn’t make sense anywhere outside of government and our bill would help fix that problem by clarifying those employees’ responsibilities.”

The House additionally passed, by voice vote, H.R. 4812, the Honor Flight Act, which was introduced by Ranking Member Cedric Richmond (D-LA). The legislation establishes a process for providing expedited and dignified passenger screening services for veterans traveling to visit war memorials built and dedicated to honor their service.

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McCaul to Hold Hearing on 9/11 Commission Tenth Anniversary Report

2014/07/22

Tomorrow, the Homeland Security Committee will hold the following hearing to examine key issues contained in the Bipartisan Policy Center’s recent report marking the 10th anniversary of the release of the original 9/11 Commission report.

WEDNESDAY, July 23 at 10:00 a.m.

Committee on Homeland Security

The Rising Terrorist Threat and the Unfulfilled 9/11 Recommendation

311 Cannon House Office Building

Witnesses Include:

·         The Honorable Thomas H. Kean Jr., Co-Chair, Homeland Security Project, Bipartisan Policy Center and Former Chair, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States

·         The Honorable Jamie S. Gorelick, Former Commissioner, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States

Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) on the hearing: “Ten years after the 9/11 Commission provided its report on how to prevent terrorist attacks on United States soil, the threat from al Qaeda, its affiliates and those inspired by them at home and abroad is growing. Furthermore, some of the Commission’s recommendations remain unfilled including streamlining Congressional jurisdiction over the Department of Homeland Security. Tomorrow, the former members of the Commission will release a new report reflecting on the evolving threat to the homeland, including cyber attacks, and present recommendations on how to further enhance the security of the United States. I look forward to discussing the findings of the report with former 9/11 Commission Chair Tom Kean and Former Commissioner Jamie Gorelick.”

*LIVE video of the hearing will be available here.

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House Homeland Security Committee Schedule for July 21-25, 2014

2014/07/18

The House Homeland Security Committee has announced the following hearings for next week.

WEDNESDAY, July 23 at 10:00 a.m.

Committee on Homeland Security

The Rising Terrorist Threat and the Unfulfilled 9/11 Recommendation

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

  • The Honorable Thomas H. Kean Jr., Co-Chair, Homeland Security Project, Bipartisan Policy Center and Former Chair, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States
  • The Honorable Jamie S. Gorelick, Former Commissioner, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States

Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) on the hearing: “Ten years after the 9/11 Commission provided its report on how to prevent terrorist attacks on United States soil, the threat from al Qaeda, its affiliates and those inspired by them at home and abroad is growing. Furthermore, some of the Commission’s recommendations remain unfilled including streamlining Congressional jurisdiction over the Department of Homeland Security. Next week, the former members of the Commission will release a new report reflecting on the evolving threat to the homeland, including cyber attacks, and present recommendations on how to further enhance the security of the United States. I look forward to discussing the findings of the report with former 9/11 Commission Chair Tom Kean and Former Commissioner Jamie Gorelick.”

THURSDAY, July 24 at 10:00 a.m.

Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence

Jihadist Safe Havens: Efforts to Detect and Deter Terrorist Travel

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

  • Dr. Fred Kagan, Director, Critical Threats Project, American Enterprise Institute
  • Mr. Robin Simcox, Research Fellow, The Henry Jackson Society
  • Dr. Peter Brookes, Senior Fellow, National Security Affairs, Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, The Heritage Foundation
  • Dr. Seth Jones, Director, International Security and Defense Policy Center, The Rand Corporation

 

Subcommittee Chairman Peter King (R-NY) on the hearing: “Fourteen months ago, this Subcommittee held a hearing on the threat posed to the Homeland from al Qaeda-aligned elements, particularly in Syria. Since that time, the situation has dramatically worsened, as the number of al Qaeda affiliated and jihadist groups has multiplied  to a scope that has engulfed Iraq. Thousands of Westerners, including over 100 Americans, have flocked to the region to join Islamist groups. With stunning speed, the group formerly known as al Qaeda in Iraq has been resurrected as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, and established what it calls a caliphate that spans large portions of Iraq and Syria. It is essential that the White House articulates American interests in the region and elicits greater cooperation from European and foreign partners to identify and track individuals seeking to join extremist groups. This hearing will examine the threat posed to the homeland, as well as additional security measures and policies that should be considered.”

THURSDAY, July 24 at 2:00 p.m.

Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Effeciency

Threat to the U.S. Homeland: Emerging Nexus between Foreign Actors, Transnational Criminal Organizations, and Terrorist Organizations in Latin America

311 Cannon House Office Building

Witnesses To Be Announced

*LIVE video of the hearings will be available here.

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Subcommittee Hearing: Port of Entry Infrastructure: How Does the Federal Government Prioritize Investments?

2014/07/16


Miller to Hold Hearing on Federal Investments in Port of Entry Infrastructure

2014/07/15

Tomorrow, the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security will hold a hearing to examine how Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the General Services Administration (GSA) prioritize investments in port of entry infrastructure projects.

WEDNESDAY, July 16 at 10:00 a.m.

Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security: Port of Entry Infrastructure: How Does the Federal Government Prioritize Investments?

311 Cannon House Office Building

Witnesses Include:

  • Mr. John Wagner, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations, Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security accompanied by Mr. Eugene H. Schied, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Administration, Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Honorable Michael Gelber, Deputy Commissioner, Public Buildings Service, U.S. General Service Administration
  • Honorable Oscar Leeser, Mayor, City of El Paso, Texas

Chairman Candice S. Miller (R-MI) on the hearing: “U.S. ports of entry are critical to securing our border and facilitating international trade. Therefore, infrastructure projects to improve or expand these ports often have a significant impact to our economy and national security. Tomorrow, we will examine how, in an era of very limited resources, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the General Services Administration prioritize critical infrastructure projects at our ports of entry to ensure we can maximize commerce without sacrificing security.”

*LIVE video of the hearing will be available here.

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Membership

Louis Barletta

PENNSYLVANIA's 11th DISTRICT

Susan Brooks

INDIANA's 5th DISTRICT

Paul Broun

GEORGIA's 10th DISTRICT

Jason Chaffetz

UTAH's 3rd DISTRICT

Steve Daines

MONTANA

Jeff Duncan

SOUTH CAROLINA's 3rd DISTRICT

Richard Hudson

NORTH CAROLINA's 8th DISTRICT

Peter King

NEW YORK's 2nd DISTRICT

Tom Marino

PENNSYLVANIA's 10th DISTRICT

Michael McCaul

TEXAS' 10th DISTRICT

Patrick Meehan

PENNSYLVANIA's 7th DISTRICT

Candice Miller

MICHIGAN's 10th DISTRICT

Steven Palazzo

MISSISSIPPI's 4th DISTRICT

Scott Perry

PENNSYLVANIA's 4th DISTRICT

Mike Rogers

ALABAMA's 3rd DISTRICT

Mark Sanford

SOUTH CAROLINA's 1st DISTRICT

Lamar Smith

TEXAS' 21st DISTRICT

Chris Stewart

UTAH's 2nd DISTRICT