Committee on Homeland Security

Michael McCaul

Hearing: Terrorism Gone Viral: The Attack in Garland, Texas and Beyond

2015/06/03


Subcommittee Hearing: The Outer Ring of Border Security: DHS’s International Security Programs

2015/06/02


House Committee on Homeland Security Schedule for June 1–June 5, 2015

2015/05/29

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security has announced the following hearings for next week which will be streamed live here.

Tuesday, June 2 at 10:00 a.m. ET

The Outer Ring of Border Security: DHS’s International Security Programs

Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security 

Chairman Candice Miller (R-Mich.)

311 Cannon House Office Building

Since 9/11, DHS has implemented a series of programs designed to identify and interdict threats early in the travel and visa process. This hearing will review the effectiveness of these programs that form the nation’s ‘outer ring of border security,’ and explore plans for expansion to further mitigate threats to the nation that originate overseas.

Wednesday, June 3 at 10:00 a.m. ET

Terrorism Gone Viral:  The Attack in Garland, Texas and Beyond

Committee on Homeland Security

Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas)

311 Cannon House Office Building

The ISIS-inspired terror attack in Garland, Texas demonstrated that terrorism is going viral. This hearing will examine the increasing threat from violent Islamist extremists groups, like ISIS, who use the Internet and social media to recruit fighters, share propaganda, and inspire and potentially direct attacks.

 

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Chairman McCaul Expresses Concern About Global Efforts to Stem Flow of Foreign Fighters

2015/05/29

Washington, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, released the following statement in response to a meeting of top officials from around the world, including Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Jonson, at the United Nations regarding the threat from foreign fighters:

Chairman McCaul: “I commend Secretary Johnson for taking the foreign fighter threat seriously. However, I am deeply concerned that many of our allies, especially in Europe, are still in a ‘pre-9/11’ counterterrorism mindset. Overseas security gaps, like the ‘jihadi superhighway’ that runs through Turkey and Europe, represent a growing threat to the United States. We must better work with our foreign partners to close the loopholes that allow foreign fighters to slip across borders undetected.”

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[POSTPONED] Subcommittee Hearing: Admitting Syrian Refugees: The Intelligence Void and the Emerging Homeland Security Threat

2015/05/21

Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence hearing entitled “Admitting Syrian Refugees: The Intelligence Void and the Emerging Homeland Security Threat,” scheduled for Thursday, May 21, 2015, has been postponed to a date and time to be announced.  

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Chairman McCaul: Don’t Busy DHS with Climate Politics

2015/05/20

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to President Obama's speech today at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy outlining how climate change is an immediate risk to our national security, House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul released the following statement:

Chairman McCaul: “President Obama sounds alarm bells about climate change and in the meantime short-changes those responsible for tackling real threats to our national security. Incredibly, the President’s proposed budget allocates more money for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to combat global warming than to counter violent extremism. In fact, despite repeated Congressional requests, the President failed to set aside any meaningful dollars at DHS for counter-radicalization programs designed to prevent more Americans from being recruited by terrorist groups like ISIS. The White House shouldn’t busy DHS with climate politics when terrorism is going viral.”

Chairman McCaul has repeatedly urged the Obama Administration to be more transparent about government-wide spending on countering violent extremism and has sent a letter to the White House to address this growing threat to the homeland.

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[POSTPONED] Subcommittee Hearing on Potential Threats Posed by Syrian Refugee Resettlement Program

2015/05/20

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence hearing entitled “Admitting Syrian Refugees: The Intelligence Void and the Emerging Homeland Security Threat,” scheduled for Thursday, May 21, 2015, has been postponed to a date and time to be announced. 

Thursday, May 21 at 9:00 a.m. ET (Postponed time and date to be announced)

Admitting Syrian Refugees: The Intelligence Void and the Emerging Homeland Security Threat

Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence   

Chairman Peter King (R-N.Y.)

311 Cannon House Office Building

This hearing will review the potential threat posed by terrorists exploiting refugee resettlement programs, the challenge of gathering sufficient information to vet them, and what additional risk mitigation measures can be implemented to improve the ability to detect refugee applicants of concern.

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Chairman McCaul Welcomes Rep. Dan Donovan to the Committee

2015/05/20

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. House Rep. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y., joined the Committee on Homeland Security yesterday as H.Res.272 passed the House floor. He will serve on the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications and the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies. U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul released the following statement:

Chairman McCaul: “I am pleased to welcome Representative Dan Donovan to the Committee. His investigative skills from serving as a district attorney will prove invaluable as we continue our  oversight of the third largest Federal agency. It is imperative that the Department of Homeland Security runs effectively and efficiently since threats to the homeland are only growing more concerning by the day. I look forward to working with Dan as the Committee seeks to better protect our national security while safeguarding taxpayers’ dollars.”

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Markup: HR 1300, HR 1615, HR 1626, HR 1633, HR 1637, HR 1640, HR 1646, HR 1738, HR 2200, HR 2206, HR 2390

2015/05/20

The Committee on Homeland Security will meet in open markup session on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at 11:00 a.m., and subsequent days as may be necessary, in 311 Cannon House Office Building to consider the following measures: 

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Committee to Markup Eleven Homeland Security Bills

2015/05/19

** The markup will be streamed live here **

Wednesday, May 20 at 11:00 a.m. ET

Markup

Committee on Homeland Security

Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas)

311 Cannon House Office Building

This markup will consider the legislation passed last week from a Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency markup, a Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications markup, and other homeland security related bills.

·         H.R. 1300, the First Responder Anthrax Preparedness Act, introduced by Rep. Peter King, R- N.Y., directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to make anthrax vaccines and antimicrobials available to emergency response providers.

·         H.R. 1615, the DHS FOIA Efficiency Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Ga., directs DHS’s Chief FOIA Officer to make certain improvements in the implementation the Freedom of Information Act.  

·         H.R. 1626, the DHS IT Duplication Reduction Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, seeks to reduce duplication of information technology at the department.

·         H.R. 1633, the DHS Paid Administrative Leave Accountability Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R- Ga., requires improvements to the tracking and reporting of DHS employees placed on administrative leave, or any other type of paid non-duty status, for personnel matters.

·         H.R. 1637, the Federally Funded Research and Development Sunshine Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, requires the Department of Homeland Security to produce annual reports on the activities and accomplishments of their federally funded research and development centers.

·         H.R. 1640, the Department of Homeland Security Headquarters Consolidation Accountability Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Mark Walker, R- N.C., directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to submit to Congress a report on DHS’s headquarters consolidation project at St. Elizabeth’s.

·         H.R. 1646, the Homeland Security Drone Assessment and Analysis Act, introduced by Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J., requires the Secretary of DHS to research how small and medium sized unmanned aerial systems could be used in an attack and how to prevent or mitigate the effects of such an attack.   

·         H.R. 1738, the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Modernization Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to modernize and implement an effective public alert and warning system to relay important security information.

·         H.R. 2200, the CBRN Intelligence and Information Sharing Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., establishes a chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear intelligence and information sharing function within DHS’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis and requires that information to be distributed by the Department to the appropriate homeland security related entities.

·         H.R. 2206, the State Wide Interoperable Communications Enhancement Act, introduced by Rep. Donald Payne, D-N.J., requires recipients of State Homeland Security Grant Program funding to preserve and strengthen interoperable emergency communications capabilities.

·         H.R. 2390, the Homeland Security University-based Centers Review Act, requires a review of university-based centers for homeland security.

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Membership

Louis Barletta

PENNSYLVANIA's 11th DISTRICT

Buddy Carter

GEORGIA's 1st DISTRICT

Curt Clawson

FLORIDA's 19th DISTRICT

Jeff Duncan

SOUTH CAROLINA's 3rd DISTRICT

Will Hurd

TEXAS' 23rd DISTRICT

John Katko

NEW YORK's 24th DISTRICT

Peter King

NEW YORK's 2nd DISTRICT

Barry Loudermilk

GEORGIA's 11th DISTRICT

Tom Marino

PENNSYLVANIA's 10th DISTRICT

Michael McCaul

TEXAS' 10th DISTRICT

Martha McSally

ARIZONA's 2nd DISTRICT

Candice Miller

MICHIGAN's 10th DISTRICT

Steven Palazzo

MISSISSIPPI's 4th DISTRICT

Scott Perry

PENNSYLVANIA's 4th DISTRICT

John Ratcliffe

TEXAS' 4th DISTRICT

Mike Rogers

ALABAMA's 3rd DISTRICT

Lamar Smith

TEXAS' 21st DISTRICT

Mark Walker

NORTH CAROLINA's 6th DISTRICT