DHS in Today's Dangerous World: Examining the Department's Budget and Readiness to Counter Homeland Threats, Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security, United States House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, March 16, 2016   [open pdf - 720KB]

This testimony compilation is from the March 16, 2016 hearing "DHS in Today's Dangerous World: Examining the Department's Budget and Readiness to Counter Homeland Threats," before the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security. From the prepared statement of Committee Chairman Michael McCaul: Almost fifteen years after 9/11, the war against Islamist terror has entered a dark phase. New battlefields have emerged across the world, and our enemies are on the offensive. They are recruiting through retweets and crowd-sourcing their attacks. And they have brought the conflict to our doorsteps in new and dangerous ways. Only months ago in San Bernardino, we witnessed the horrible violence terrorists can inflict on our communities. Yet we were reminded in the wake of that tragedy that such radicalism is no match for our resolve. The American people will not submit to the intimidation of jihadists, and we will not allow their repressive worldview to infect our free society. [...] If we do not win this war on offense, then our security falls to our defense. And much of that rests on your shoulders, Mr. Secretary. We've arrested more than 80 ISIS supporters in the United States, and homegrown terror cases are being investigated in every state. The danger is real. [...] Finally, I am concerned about the steep cuts--more than $500 million--in this year's DHS budget for the Urban Area Security Initiative and State Homeland Security Grant Programs that help first responders. Once again, the terror threat level is higher than it has ever been during my time in Congress. State and local responders are the country's first line of defense, and we need them to be vigilant, trained, and equipped to stop acts of terror. Why on earth, then, would we slash their grant funding? Today we are hoping for a good explanation, because I can tell you that right now our first responders don't need us to cut their budgets. They need us to have their backs." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Michael McCaul and Jeh C Johnson.

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