Today, Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, issued the following statement in response to a report issued by a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on fusion centers:
"With the ongoing, post-9/11 terror threat facing our Homeland, it is important that we continue to ensure that State and local law enforcement has access to vital intelligence as part of the homeland security mission.
"Certainly, information sharing and the fusion center network are worthy topics of Congressional oversight.
"However, I agree with Chairman Joe Lieberman and Ranking Member Susan Collins that the subcommittee report issued this week paints with too broad a brush an incomplete picture that fails to recognize many of the important contributions that fusion centers have made in securing our Homeland.
"The House Homeland Security Committee has long focused on ensuring their effectiveness. In fact, my Committee is in the final stages of an extensive review of fusion centers and will offer significant recommendations for improvement in the coming weeks."