The Homeland Security Committee was established in 2002 to provide Congressional oversight for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and better protect the American people against a possible terrorist attack. This Congress, the Committee has passed several critical pieces of bipartisan, homeland security legislation to prevent terrorist attacks on the homeland, secure our borders, protect against cyber attacks, ensure the Department of Homeland Security runs efficiently, and shield the homeland from international and domestic threats. A list of passed bills can be found here.
Chairman Michael McCaul joined the Committee in 2005 as chairman of the Investigations Subcommittee, when the House of Representatives granted the Homeland Security Committee permanent status and in January 2013 he became Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. As Chairman his top priorities are to shield the homeland from the rising threat of terrorist and foreign fighters, to secure our borders, to enhance cyber defenses, to make the nation’s airport security-system smarter and more efficient, and to provide rigorous oversight of the Department of Homeland Security to ensure it is capable of carrying out its core mission of protecting the homeland.