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Chairmen Green, D’Esposito on House’s Unanimous Passage of Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Reauthorization

December 12, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Mark E. Green, MD (R-TN) and Subcommittee on Emergency Management and Technology Chairman Anthony D’Esposito (R-NY) released the following joint statement after the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed Chairman D’Esposito’s legislation yesterday, the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Extension Act of 2023 (H.R. 3224), which reauthorizes the Department of Homeland Security’s CWMD Office. The CWMD Office was established to help its operational partners at the federal, state, and local levels prevent the use of weapons of mass destruction against the United States.  

“Last night’s passage is a major step forward in promoting collective readiness for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats against this nation and ensuring community resiliency in the event of a homeland security crisis of high magnitude. As the threats to our nation grow more complex, it is crucial that DHS equip our communities with the necessary tools to keep them safe and fulfill its mission to secure the homeland, as well as provide a clear, coordinated response to threats of weapons of mass destruction. We urge the Senate to take up and pass this legislation without delay to ensure there is no lapse in funding for this office and its programs.”