Press Release


House Homeland Security Committee Schedule for July 21-25, 2014

Media Contact: April Ward (202) 226-8417

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

WEDNESDAY, July 23 at 10:00 a.m.

Committee on Homeland Security

The Rising Terrorist Threat and the Unfulfilled 9/11 Recommendation

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

  • The Honorable Thomas H. Kean Jr., Co-Chair, Homeland Security Project, Bipartisan Policy Center and Former Chair, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States
  • The Honorable Jamie S. Gorelick, Former Commissioner, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States

Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) on the hearing: “Ten years after the 9/11 Commission provided its report on how to prevent terrorist attacks on United States soil, the threat from al Qaeda, its affiliates and those inspired by them at home and abroad is growing. Furthermore, some of the Commission’s recommendations remain unfilled including streamlining Congressional jurisdiction over the Department of Homeland Security. Next week, the former members of the Commission will release a new report reflecting on the evolving threat to the homeland, including cyber attacks, and present recommendations on how to further enhance the security of the United States. I look forward to discussing the findings of the report with former 9/11 Commission Chair Tom Kean and Former Commissioner Jamie Gorelick.”

THURSDAY, July 24 at 10:00 a.m.

Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence

Jihadist Safe Havens: Efforts to Detect and Deter Terrorist Travel

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

  • Dr. Fred Kagan, Director, Critical Threats Project, American Enterprise Institute
  • Mr. Robin Simcox, Research Fellow, The Henry Jackson Society
  • Dr. Peter Brookes, Senior Fellow, National Security Affairs, Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, The Heritage Foundation
  • Dr. Seth Jones, Director, International Security and Defense Policy Center, The Rand Corporation


Subcommittee Chairman Peter King (R-NY) on the hearing: “Fourteen months ago, this Subcommittee held a hearing on the threat posed to the Homeland from al Qaeda-aligned elements, particularly in Syria. Since that time, the situation has dramatically worsened, as the number of al Qaeda affiliated and jihadist groups has multiplied  to a scope that has engulfed Iraq. Thousands of Westerners, including over 100 Americans, have flocked to the region to join Islamist groups. With stunning speed, the group formerly known as al Qaeda in Iraq has been resurrected as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, and established what it calls a caliphate that spans large portions of Iraq and Syria. It is essential that the White House articulates American interests in the region and elicits greater cooperation from European and foreign partners to identify and track individuals seeking to join extremist groups. This hearing will examine the threat posed to the homeland, as well as additional security measures and policies that should be considered.”

THURSDAY, July 24 at 2:00 p.m.

Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency 

Threat to the U.S. Homeland: Emerging Nexus between Foreign Actors, Transnational Criminal Organizations, and Terrorist Organizations in Latin America

311 Cannon House Office Building

Witnesses To Be Announced

*LIVE video of the hearings will be available here.