Langevin Appointed to Permanent Homeland Security Committee

Feb 11, 2005

(Washington, D.C.)–Congressman Jim Langevin today announced that he has been appointed to the permanent House Committee on Homeland Security. Langevin served on an earlier incarnation of the committee during the last session of Congress, when it was designated as a temporary committee responsible for Congressional oversight of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the President's third largest cabinet department.

Additionally, Langevin will serve as the chief Democrat, or ranking member, on the newly established Subcommittee on Prevention of Nuclear and Biological Attack. Langevin has also been appointed to the Subcommittee on Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection and Cybersecurity, and the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment.

I am honored to continue my service on the House committee that oversees our domestic war against terror and develops policies that will help keep the American people more secure," said Congressman Langevin. "The President's budget dramatically under funds a number of critical homeland security efforts, and I will continue to advocate for additional resources to keep our nation safe from threat. We must ensure that our intelligence community shares information and that our first responders are provided the resources they require to effectively respond to an array of dangers."

The Subcommittee on Prevention of Nuclear and Biological Attack will focus on the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) efforts to prevent terrorist attacks on the U.S. involving nuclear and biological weapons. The subcommittee will deal with issues of nuclear and biological counter-proliferation; development and deployment of sensors and inspections to detect nuclear and biological weapons; and border, port and transportation security designed to prevent nuclear and biological attacks.

The Subcommittee on Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Cybersecurity will develop strategies to invest in infrastructure protection across all sectors, including computer, border, port, and transportation security. This subcommittee will also work towards ensuring continuity of sectors including critical government, business, health, financial, commercial, and social service functions.

The Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment will work with DHS to create and maintain comprehensive, nationwide, terrorism-related threat, vulnerability, and risk analyses. The subcommittee will also provide oversight of the Department's information-sharing activities with state and local governments and the private sector, as well as the Homeland Security Advisory System.