Today, U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, issued the following statement on the markup of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) authorization legislation by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee:
"I commend Chairman Lieberman and Ranking Member Collins for their leadership in taking up this important DHS authorization legislation.
"I have been working in close coordination with Senators Lieberman and Collins as both committees move toward our shared goal of reauthorizing DHS, which has not happened since the Department was established in 2003.
"Within the next several weeks, I will introduce and the House Homeland Security Committee will mark up a DHS authorization bill. I intend the legislation to be targeted to reduce inefficiencies and waste, consolidate functions, and improve the acquisition process, while strengthening valuable homeland security programs."