U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) released the following statement regarding the Committee agenda as well as the subcommittee chairmen and chairwomen for the 113th Congress.
Chairman McCaul: "Today the United States faces unprecedented national security challenges from both overseas and here at home. Terrorists continue to plot against us and the security of our citizens depends on our preparedness to meet these challenges. While we have made great progress in protecting our nation since September 11th, there still is much work to be done to ensure that Americans are kept safe.
"As Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, I will focus on facing both terrorist and natural disaster threats on several fronts, beginning with rigorous oversight of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). We must ensure that all DHS operations are effective and that taxpayer dollars are not mismanaged. Additionally, I will work to bolster our defenses against cyber attacks on critical infrastructure, enhance our border security and ensure that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) effectively protects travelers.
"Our Committee consists of a highly qualified team committed to ensuring the Department of Homeland Security is capable of carrying out its core mission of protecting the homeland. Our team will work to address what the Committee has identified as the four major threats our country faces: International and domestic terrorism, unsecured borders, cyber attacks, and the Department's dysfunctional management which continues to hinder security operations and cost taxpayers billions of dollars in waste. The Committee's oversight of DHS will ensure both security and fiscal accountability to the American people."
Chairman McCaul has appointed Subcommittee chairs as follows:
Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security
Congresswoman Candice Miller (R-MI)
Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence
Congressman Peter King (R-NY)
Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies
Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-PA)
Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications
Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN)
Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency
Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC)
Subcommittee on Transportation Security
Congressman Richard Hudson (R-NC)