Hearing on H.R. 525: Preparedness against Domestic Terrorism Act, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, United States House of Representatives One Hundred Seventh Congress, First Session, May 9, 2001 [open pdf - 225KB]
The purpose of this hearing is to receive testimony on H.R. 525, a bill to amend the Robert T. Stafford Act to update Title VI of the Act and to provide coordination for federal efforts with regard to preparedness against terrorist attacks in the United States. The hearing will also address proposals offered by the Administration. H.R. 525 represents the view that (1) there is no national strategy for preparedness against terrorist attacks; (2) despite the multitude of existing federal preparedness programs, there is no defined end-state to determine at what point communities are prepared for a terrorist attack involving a weapon of mass destruction; (3) federal efforts are not coordinated resulting in fragmented and overlapping programs; (4) emergency responders insist there must be a single entity in charge of coordinating federal efforts; and (5) this entity must have authority over all federal agencies. Statements include those of the following persons: Earl Blumenauer, Joe M. Allbaugh, Mary Lou Leary, Charles Cragin, Ann Simank, and Edward Plaugher.