Press Release


House Homeland Security Committee Schedule for February 10-14, 2014

Media Contact: Charlottee Sellmyer (202)266-8417

The House Homeland Security Committee has announced the following hearings for next week.

TUESDAY, February 11 at 10 a.m.

Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications    

Bioterrorism: Assessing the Threat

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

  • Dr. Robert Kadlec, former Special Assistant and Senior Director for Biodefense Policy for President George W. Bush
  • Dr. Tom Inglesby, CEO and Director, UPMC Center for Health Security

Subcommittee Chairman Susan Brooks (R-IN) on the hearing: "While thankfully non-toxic, the white powder scares near the Super Bowl venue last week serve as a reminder of the impact that a bioterror attack could have on the United States. They also remind us of the need to remain vigilant and prepared. As part of the Subcommittee's ongoing oversight of Federal biosurveillance efforts, this hearing will provide an assessment of the current bioterrorism threat from experts in the biodefense field."

TUESDAY, February 11 at 2:30 p.m.

Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence     

Al Qaeda's Expansion in Egypt: Implications for U.S. Homeland Security

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

  • Dr. Steven Cook, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Mr. Thomas Jocelyn, Senior Fellow, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies 

Subcommittee Chairman Peter King (R-NY) on the hearing: “This hearing will assess the growth of terror groups operating in Egypt and the extent to which the Sinai Peninsula has become a safe haven for al Qaeda.  In the last two weeks alone, terrorists have assassinated a senior Egyptian official, bombed the Cairo police headquarters, shot down a military helicopter, and fired rockets into Israel. The growth and apparent sophistication of these groups, and indications they are linked to al Qaeda, raise serious counterterrorism issues and emerging homeland security concerns. Terrorist networks in Egypt currently threaten innocent Egyptians, U.S. interests, and our ally Israel. This has heightened the need for the US to work with the Egyptian and Israeli governments on defeating and disrupting jihadist networks. Perhaps more than ever before, ensuring Egypt can fight al Qaeda is in the best interest of the United States." 

WEDNESDAY, February 12 at 9 a.m.

Homeland Security Committee

The Secretary’s Vision for the Future – Challenges and Priorities

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witness Includes:

  • The Honorable Jeh Johnson, Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) on the hearing: “Secretary Johnson is nearly two months into his tenure as head of the Federal government’s third largest Department, and thus far I have been encouraged by his willingness to work closely with the Legislative Branch. As secretary of DHS, Mr. Johnson is now the face of America’s counterterrorism operations, and the Department has much to be proud of and much to improve upon. Our nation faces constant challenges to our homeland security including the evolving terror threat from al Qaeda, cyber attacks on our critical infrastructure and a porous border that leaves the door open for terrorists and other criminal actors. DHS also continues to face interdepartmental challenges such employee morale and significant gaps in senior leadership. Next week, in his first time before the full committee, I look forward to hearing Secretary Johnson’s vision for DHS’s future and his plan for confronting these critical issues.”

*LIVE video of the hearings will be available here.