Homeland Security Department's Budget Submission for Fiscal Year 2009, Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, February 14, 2008 [open pdf - 6MB]
From the opening statement of Joseph Lieberman: "The Department will have reached an important milestone at the end of this month. As you know, on March 1, the Department of Homeland Security will have completed its fifth year in existence. And as we examine your budget request for the coming fiscal year, naturally it is appropriate to take a moment to assess how the Department has fared over the 5 years since it was established and what more we have to do to get it to where we want it to be. I would say that the record has a lot of encouraging developments in it. Important measures have been taken to improve aviation and maritime security, to address vulnerabilities at our borders, to train and equip law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical workers-the first responders and, as we on this Committee like to call them, the first preventers-across our country. These are the people we depend on, as we have seen time and again, at the outset of every disaster." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Joseph Lieberman, Carl Levin, Daniel Akaka, Mary L. Landrieu, Claire McCaskill, Susan M. Collins, Ted Stevens, George V. Voinovich, Norm Coleman, Mark L. Pryor and Michael Chertoff.
S. Hrg. 110-996; Senate Hearing 110-996
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