4:48 pm CST - November 27, 2012
Posted under On The Record
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – “I want to extend my gratitude to the Republican Steering Committee for placing their confidence in me to be the next Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security. I look forward to the Republican Conference’s ratification of my selection,” said Texas Congressman Michael McCaul (R-Austin) following the House Republican Steering Committee’s vote on chairmanship recommendations for the upcoming 113th Congress.
“Our nation faces a variety of homeland security challenges, including international and domestic terrorism, securing our borders and preventing cyber attacks.
“Additionally it is the responsibility of our Committee to provide oversight to ensure the Department of Homeland Security is managed with efficiency and integrity so that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely, that leadership is accountable, and that DHS’ rank and file are adequately supported to accomplish their important mission of protecting the homeland.
“I look forward to working with the administration. I also look forward to collaborating with my fellow committee chairs on issues of mutual jurisdiction, and partnering with our community and industry stakeholders who count on the federal government to provide oversight and implement sensible policy,” McCaul said.
Congressman McCaul presently serves as Chairman of the Homeland Security Oversight, Investigations and Management Subcommittee. As Chairman, McCaul has helped oversee some of Texas’ & the nation’s most crucial policy issues, while also monitoring the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) and more.
Prior to Congress he served as Chief of Counter-Terrorism in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Texas, and as a federal prosecutor in the Department of Justice Public Integrity Section.
His previous discussion with Texas Insider reveal some of our nation’s greatest threats, and will be ones you’ll not soon forget.
“We know through investigations that have now been de-classified, that you can bring down power grids, power plants with the click of a mouse, or even blow them up … air traffic controllers, financial institutions, creating economic chaos … these are all things we’re trying to guard against as we look at hostile nations, like Iran, getting more desperate to attack the United States,” McCaul said of his experience as Chairman of the Homeland Security Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee.
“I would like to commend Chairman Peter King for his leadership. His contributions to homeland security in the post 9/11-world have been invaluable, and I look forward to continuing to work with him,” said McCaul, commending the out-going Committee Chairman, and Congressman from New York.