Press Release


House Homeland Security Committee to Hold Hearing on Syria

Media Contat: Charlotte Sellmyer

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Homeland Security Committee has added the following hearing for this week.

TUESDAY, September 10 at 10:00 a.m.

Committee on Homeland Security

Crisis in Syria: Implications for Homeland Security

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

The Honorable Christopher Shays
Former Representative in Congress from the 4th District of Connecticut

Major General Robert H. Scales, Jr. (Ret. U.S. Army)
Former Commandant of the US Army War College

Mr. Thomas Joscelyn
Senior Fellow
Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and
Senior Editor
Long War Journal

Dr. Stephen Biddle
Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Elliott School of International Affairs
The George Washington University

Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) on the hearing: "In light of the atrocities witnessed in Syria, today our nation faces difficult choices. We must determine how the civil war in Syria affects our national security interests, and the ramifications of our action or inaction in the Syrian conflict. Ultimately, without an international coalition or a clear military objective, sending 'warning' shots may risk entangling the U.S. in a war where a rogue regime is fighting a rebel force infiltrated by extremists who count the U.S. as their enemy. Such an action will not secure Assad's deadly chemical weapons, which could end up in the hands of al Qaeda.

"This hearing will give us an opportunity to examine both the regime and the rebels in this war, and to hear from experts on the implications for homeland security of approving or denying the President's request for military intervention in Syria."

*LIVE video of the hearing will be available here.

**The Committee’s full schedule is available here.

***NOTE: The Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security hearing entitled "Fulfilling a Key 9/11 Commission Recommendation: Implementing Biometric Exit," originally scheduled for September 10 at 10:00 a.m., has been POSTPONED to a date and time to be announced.