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Gallegly's Role Expands In Facing Terrorist Threats

Location: Washington, DC

Gallegly's Role Expands In Facing Terrorist Threats

WASHINGTON, D.C.-International Relations Committee Chairman Henry Hyde (Illinois) today named Congressman Elton Gallegly (R-Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties) chairman of the Subcommittee on Europe with an expanded jurisdiction that includes tracking of emerging threats in the world.

"Mr. Gallegly's experience on this Committee and his membership on the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees makes him a key player in spearheading this Committee's relationship with some of America's most vital strategic allies and the challenges that we face together in a dangerous world," Hyde said in announcing Gallegly's selection.

Under the expanded jurisdiction, Gallegly's committee will be responsible for identifying emerging terrorist, international immigration, narco-trafficking and economic threats and working with our allies to produce correct responses.

"I appreciate the challenge that Chairman Hyde has entrusted me with," Gallegly said. "In addition serving on the Intelligence and Judiciary committees, this new assignment builds on my service as chairman of the pre-9/11 Subcommittee on Europe and the relationships I built and have maintained with European leaders, and my experience as chairman of the post-9/11 International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights subcommittee. While my prior subcommittee assignments looked at present threats and challenges, this new assignment calls on me to use my acquired knowledge and understanding to identify and act on threats that we may face in the future."

Under Gallegly's chairmanship, the International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights subcommittee was the most active International Relations subcommittee during the 108th Congress. In addition to holding more hearings than any other IR subcommittee, Gallegly conducted the first IR subcommittee hearing on the 9/11 Commission's report. His subcommittee was responsible for 11 key provisions on terrorist travel included in the "9/11 Recommendations Implementation Act."

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