Serial No. 108-6: How is America Safer? A Progress Report on the Department of Homeland Security: Hearing before the Select Committee on Homeland Security, United States, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eighth Congress, First Session, May 20, 2003 and May 22, 2003   [open pdf - 396KB]

From the opening statement of Christopher Cox: "It has been 116 days since Governor Ridge became Secretary. It has been exactly 80 days since the majority of the agencies that make up the Department of Homeland Security, including Customs, the Border Patrol, the Coast Guard, TSA, and FEMA officially joined the Department. Measured in bureaucratic terms, 80 days is the blink of an eye; but in the real war against terrorism, 80 days is a deadly serious long time. Your presence here this morning, Mr. Secretary, is requested so that Congress and this committee can get authoritative answers to questions that are so vitally important to every American: How safe are we? How far has the Department come in fulfilling the mandate of Congress to establish this new Department? What has become of the billions of dollars Congress has appropriated since September 11, 2001 for antiterrorism, homeland security technology, overseas operations and first responders? How has Liberty Shield increased the protections for America's citizens and infrastructure? And what have we learned after $16 million and the energies of over 800,000 people from 100 Federal, State, and local agencies were invested in the simultaneous terrorist attacks on Chicago and Seattle?" Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Christopher Cox, Norm Dicks, Bob Etheridge, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Zoe Lofgren, Nita M. Lowey, Bennie G. Thompson, Robert E. Andrews, Sherwood Boehlert, Dave Camp, Benjamin L. Cardin, Peter A. DeFazio, Jennifer Dunn, Barney Frank, Jim Gibbons, Porter J. Goss, Kay Granger, Jane Harman, Ernest J. Istook, Jr., Peter T. King, James R. Langevin, Edward J. Markey, Karen McCarthy, Kendrick B. Meek, Holmes Norton, Bill Pascrell, Jr., Harold Rogers, Loretta Sanchez, John B. Shaddegg, Christopher Shays, Lamar S. Smith, Mac Thornberry, Jim Turner, Curt Weldon, and Tom Ridge.

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