Press Release


UPDATED — The Week Ahead: House Committee on Homeland Security

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***Updated to include markup and hearing time change***

Washington, D.C. (Wednesday, May 11, 2011) – Today, ­U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, announced the following Committee events for this week:


Thursday, May 12

11:00 a.m., 311 Cannon House Office Building

MARKUP:  Subcommittee on Transportation Security

Rep. Mike Rogers (AL), Chairman

H.R. 1690, (Mr. Rogers (AL)) To amend titles 49 and 46, United States Code, and the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide for certain improvements in surface transportation security, and for other purposes.  The “Modernizing of Documentation and Elimination of Redundant Identification and Security Credentials Act” or the “MODERN Security Credentials Act”

H.R. 1801, (Mr. Cravaack) To amend title 49, United States Code, to provide for expedited security screenings for members of the Armed Forces. The “Risk-Based Security Screening for Members of The Armed Forces Act”

H.R. 1165, (Ms. Jackson Lee) To amend title 49, United States Code, to establish an Ombudsman Office within the Transportation Security Administration for the purpose of enhancing transportation security by providing confidential, informal, and neutral assistance to address work-place related problems of Transportation Security Administration employees, and for other purposes.  The “Transportation Security Administration Ombudsman Act of 2011”

***For information on legislation to be considered, visit the Committee on Homeland Security website.

***Time Change***


Thursday, May 12

1:00 p.m. (or 15 minutes after conclusion of Subcommittee on Transportation Security markup), 311 Cannon House Office Building

HEARING:  Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications

Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL), Chairman

“Taking Measure of Countermeasures (Part 2): A Review of Efforts to Protect the Homeland Through Distribution and Dispensing of CBRN Medical Countermeasures"


Dr. Alexander Garza
Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer
Office of Health Affairs
Department of Homeland Security

RADM Ali Khan, MD, MPH
Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Mr. David Starr
Countermeasures Response Unit
Emergency Preparedness & Response
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Chairman Bilirakis on the hearing:

"Our enemies have made no secret of their desire to use weapons of mass destruction to attack the United States. We must do all we can to prevent and prepare for such a scenario. This hearing is the second in a series on medical countermeasures. Last month, the Subcommittee considered the Federal government's efforts to work with industry to research, develop, and acquire vaccines, diagnostics, and other medical supplies. This hearing will focus on federal, state, and local efforts to distribute and dispense these vital countermeasures in the event of a CBRN attack, pandemic, or other emergency."

See updates.

Coverage note:  All Committee on Homeland Security hearings are webcast live at