Press Release


The Week Ahead: House Committee on Homeland Security

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Washington, D.C. (Friday, May 6, 2011) – Today, ­U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, announced the following Committee events for next week:


Wednesday, May 11

10:00 a.m., 311 Cannon House Office Building


Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management

Rep. Michael T. McCaul (TX), Chairman


“On the Border and in the Line of Fire: U.S. Law Enforcement, Homeland Security and Drug Cartel Violence”




Mr. Grayling Williams
Office of Counter Narcotics Enforcement
Department of Homeland Security

Ms. Amy Pope
Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General
Criminal Division
Department of Justice

Col. Steven McCraw
Texas Department of Public Safety

Mr. Tom Horne
Attorney General
State of Arizona

Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez
Zapata County, Texas


Chairman McCaul on the hearing:

“This administration is not giving the American people a complete picture of security on our border with Mexico. It is not 'better now than it has ever been' and the data on spillover crimes and violence is deceiving and underreported. Our state and local law enforcement on the front lines need help. Their firsthand accounts tell the real story of how we are outmanned, overpowered, and in danger of losing control of our own communities to narco-terrorists.”


Thursday, May 12

2:00 p.m., 311 Cannon House Office Building                      

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."

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