A Look Ahead: House Committee on Homeland Security

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, announced the following upcoming Committee events:

Wednesday, September 21

Full Committee Markup: H. Res. 255, H.R. 915, H.R. 1165, H.R. 1299, H.R. 1447, H.R. 1801

10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 21, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Full Committee

Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman

H. Res. 255, (Mr. King) Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that effective sharing of passenger information from inbound international flight manifests is a crucial component of our national security and that the Department of Homeland Security must maintain the information sharing standards required under the 2007 Passenger Name Record Agreement between the United States and the European Union.

H.R. 915, (Mr. Cuellar) To establish a Border Enforcement Security Task Force program to enhance border security by fostering coordinated efforts among Federal, State, and local border and law enforcement officials to protect United States border cities and communities from trans-national crime, including violence associated with drug trafficking, arms smuggling, illegal alien trafficking and smuggling, violence, and kidnapping along and across the international borders of the United States, and for other purposes, as amended by the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security on June 2, 2011.  The “Jaime Zapata Border Enforcement Security Task Force Act.” 

H.R. 1165, (Ms. Jackson Lee) To amend title 49, United States Code, to establish an Ombudsman Office within the Transportation Security Administration for the purpose of enhancing transportation security by providing confidential, informal, and neutral assistance to address work-place related problems of Transportation Security Administration employees, and for other purposes, as amended by the Subcommittee on Transportation Security on May 12, 2011. The “Transportation Security Administration Ombudsman Act of 2011.”

H.R. 1299, (Mrs. Miller) To achieve operational control of and improve security at the international land borders of the United States, and for other purposes.  The “Secure Border Act of 2011.”

H.R. 1447, (Mr. Thompson) To amend title 49, United States Code, to direct the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration) to establish an Aviation Security Advisory Committee, and for other purposes.  The “Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act of 2011.”

H.R. 1801, (Mr. Cravaack) To amend title 49, United States Code, to provide for expedited security screenings for members of the Armed Forces.  The “Risk-Based Security Screening for Members of The Armed Forces Act.”

Thursday, September 22

Subcommittee Hearing: TSA Reform: Exploring Innovations in Technology Procurement to Stimulate Job Growth

10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 22, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Subcommittee on Transportation Security

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), Chairman

Witnesses to be announced.

Chairman Rogers on the hearing:

“The TSA Authorization Act of 2011, just adopted by the Transportation Security Subcommittee, is aimed at improving security by streamlining and eliminating burdensome regulations that are a barrier to job creation in the transportation industry and encouraging the use of new technologies developed by the private sector.  This Subcommittee hearing will continue to focus on the wise use of taxpayer dollars and job creation by examining TSA’s technology procurement practices. TSA should fully engage the private sector in research and development of new security technologies. These actions will help save taxpayer dollars and help create new private sector jobs. Stimulating job growth while ensuring the safe and secure flow of passengers and commerce is a win-win for the American people.”

***See www.homeland.house.gov for updates.

***Coverage note:  All Committee on Homeland Security proceedings are webcast live at www.homeland.house.gov/live-video-feed.

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