A Look Ahead: House Committee on Homeland Security

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Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, announced the following upcoming Committee event:

Thursday, May 31

Subcommittee Hearing: TSA’s Surface Inspection Program: Strengthening Security or Squandering Scant Resources?

2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Subcommittee on Transportation Security

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Mr. John O’Connor
Chief of Police

Mr. Skip Elliott
Vice President of Public Safety and Environment
Testifying on behalf of the Association of American Railroads

Mr. Philip L. Byrd Sr.
Bulldog Hiway Express
Testifying on behalf of the American Trucking Associations

Mr. William C. Blankenship
Chief Operating Officer
Greyhound Lines, Inc.

Chairman Rogers on the hearing:

“The budget for TSA’s surface inspection program has quadrupled in the last several years.  Meanwhile, some stakeholders have expressed concern about the value of the program and questioned whether it provides a tangible security benefit.  Given the reality that terrorists see surface transportation as a very attractive target, we owe it to taxpayers to take a close look at TSA’s inspectors program and determine whether this is a good use of limited resources, or if this funding would be better spent on other surface initiatives designed to prevent an attack.  We can’t screen everyone and everything that gets on a train, truck, or bus.  So, intelligence sharing, deterrence, and detection measures are extremely important.  This hearing will be an opportunity to hear from stakeholders about how TSA can do a better job of allocating its surface resources.”

***See www.homeland.house.gov for updates.

***Coverage note:  All Committee on Homeland Security proceedings are webcast live at www.homeland.house.gov/live-video-feed.