Press Release


Week Ahead for the House Homeland Security Committee — July 22-26, 2013

Media Contact: Charlotte Sellmyer (202) 226-8417

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Homeland Security Committee has announced the following hearing for next week.

TUESDAY, July 23 at 10:00 a.m.
Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security
Study in Contrasts: House and Senate Approaches to Border Security
311 Cannon House Office Building
Invited Witnesses Include:

Panel I

·         Hon. John Cornyn, Senator, State of Texas

Panel II

·         Mr. Jayson Ahern, Principal, Chertoff Group

·         Mr. Edward Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

·         Mr. Richard Stana,  Former Director, Homeland Security and Justice, Government Accountability Office

Subcommittee Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI) on the hearing: “How best to secure the border has been the principal line of inquiry of mine and this Subcommittee for the last several years. I have sought to reframe the debate away from a default position that the way to secure the border is to ‘throw more resources at the problem.’ Instead, the Subcommittee has refocused the dialogue surrounding border security around the answers to three simple questions: What does a secure border look like? How do we get there? And then how to accurately measure progress or results?

“S. 744, the Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill included some provisions which could be accurately described as a continuation of previous efforts to secure the border – with a heavy emphasis on spending resources, with limited accountability or ability to measure outcomes of those applied resources. The House Homeland Committee has taken a different approach. H.R. 1417, the Border Security Results Act of 2013, which passed both our Subcommittee and the full Committee with broad bipartisan support, first calls for a strategy and an implementation plan to be produced before additional resources are expended. It also requires metrics to increase accountability and applies a standard of no less than 90% effectiveness for the first time, holding the Department accountable to an achievable, yet tough standard of security. This hearing is meant to assess the two disparate approaches of the House and Senate, and to better inform the legislation that is presented to the Congress which will finally seek to achieve the outcome of a secure border.”

*LIVE video of the hearing will be available here.