Press Release


House Homeland Security Committee Schedule for March 31-April 4, 2014

Media Contact: Charlottee Sellmyer (202)266-8417

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

WEDNESDAY, April 2 at 10 a.m.

Homeland Security Committee

Taking Down the Cartels:  Examining United States – Mexico Cooperation

311 Cannon House Office Building

Witnesses Include:

  • Mr. James Dinkins, Executive Associate Director, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. John Feeley, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Mr. Christopher Wilson, Associate, Mexico Institute, The Wilson Center

Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) on the hearing: “Just last month, the Pena Nieto Administration, in coordination with U.S. law enforcement, took down the biggest drug kingpin in the world. ‘El Chapo’ Guzman was responsible for thousands of deaths, and for violence that stretches across the globe. Now we have an opportunity to examine the bilateral cooperation between our two nations that resulted in his capture, and how we can build upon this progress to further combat the cartels.”

THURSDAY, April 3 at 2 p.m.

Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence   

Assessing Terrorism in the Caucasus and the Threat to the Homeland

311 Cannon House Office Building

Witnesses Include:

  • Dr. Gordon M. Hahn, Ph.D., Analyst and Advisory Board Member, Geostrategic Forecasting Corporation
  • Mr. William F. Roggio, Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
  • Mr. Andrew C. Kuchins, Director and Senior Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Subcommittee Chairman Peter King (R-NY) on the hearing: “The Caucasus are a volatile region home to extremist networks and individuals who have reportedly joined al Qaeda's global jihadist movement. Militants from that region have fought US forces in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and have senior positions with terrorist organizations in Syria, such as al Nusra front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Terrorists in this region have also inspired an attack against the Homeland carried out during the Boston Marathon last year. This hearing will explore the threat that these groups pose both inside and outside of the region, as well as examine the potential threat these networks may eventually pose to United States interests.”

FRIDAY, April 4 at 9 a.m.  

Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security    

Passport Fraud: An International Vulnerability

311 Cannon House Office Building

Witnesses Include:

  • Mr. Alan Bersin, Assistant Secretary for International Affairs, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. John Wagner, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Ms. Brenda Sprague, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Passport Services, U.S. Department of State
  • Mr. Shawn A. Bray, Director, INTERPOL Washington, United States National Central Bureau

Subcommittee Chairman Candice Miller on the hearing (R-MI): “Since 9/11, the U.S. has made great strides in its passport screening procedures by screening against terror and watch lists, immigration databases and records of lost or stolen passports. Unfortunately, not all countries have such robust procedures, putting Americans traveling internationally at risk. Next Friday, we will hear from U.S. and international security agencies about additional measures to improve international screening procedures.”

*LIVE video of the hearings will be available here.