01.12.17

Top House Chairmen Reach First-Ever Deal on Path to Reauthorize, Reform DHS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Key committee chairmen in the U.S. House of Representatives announced today a plan to regularly reauthorize, reform, and improve the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the 115th Congress and beyond. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by all chairmen of committees with jurisdiction over DHS, and details can be found here.

The Department—established to protect the United States from homegrown and foreign enemies—has not been reauthorized since its creation in 2002. Since that time, the threat environment has evolved, but DHS has not kept pace. Further, the sprawling nature of DHS jurisdiction in the House has meant that opportunities to fix it have not been fully realized. This landmark agreement allows the Homeland Security Committee to coordinate the reauthorization, reform, and improvement effort, and it demonstrates the firm commitment of House Committees and House Leadership to better secure America.

Chairman McCaul: “We are finally on a solid path to overhaul the Department of Homeland Security and make sure it stays ahead of threats to our country. I am pleased that the committee chairmen with jurisdiction over DHS have come together—for the first time—and formally agreed on a path forward to comprehensively reauthorize the Department in the 115th Congress and beyond. This agreement is just what Americans need to see happening in Washington to have more confidence in our nation’s security. I look forward to working hand-in-hand with my colleagues in the House, the Senate, and the new Administration to reauthorize DHS and ensure it is equipped to protect the United States and our people more effectively, efficiently, and decisively.”