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CRISIS RESPONSE REQUIREMENTS FOR HOMELAND
House Of Representatives,
OPENING STATEMENT OF HON. CURT WELDON, A REPRESENT-
Mr. Weldon. This subcommittee will come to order.
Good morning, Governor. We thank you for taking your valuable time to be with us. I apologize, but we have a number of conflicts at this very moment. Both the Democratic Caucus, which started at 9:00, and the Republican Caucus, which starts at 10:00, are causing a number of our Members not to be here, especially on the Democrat side. They are having very critical elections, and we understand why Members have to be there for those elections.
You have hung in there with us for four years, working this important issue, and we greatly appreciate your service to the Nation. And I would like to remind our colleagues that it was this committee that actually created the Commission back when it wasn't the most politically correct to be talking about. So while we hear a lot of praise for Hart-Rudman and some of the other commissions, it was this committee and this particular Commission that long before September 11, was out there, assessing what needed to be done to better prepare us to deal with the kinds of attacks that we saw on September 11.
In your first report to Congress in 1999, you cite the need for a truly integrated national strategy to guide national domestic preparedness. At that time, you called for fundamental changes of the Federal Government to support State and local authorities, and you suggested a federal clearinghouse for preparedness information. You also cited a need for the intelligence community to better use information technology to obtain and share data on potential terrorist threats.
security bill and the President
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doomed to failure. We currently
mittees that have a piece of the ju
U'partment of Homeland Security. It
have 88 committees and subcommit
is going to be in itself a very difficult
ront of that, and we appreciate that.
of us in the Congress will be pushing.
said he is going to consolidate the ap
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I have been putting forth, and that is
it ion process as well.
being here. The gentleman from Mis
lene Taylor, is not here. And he is very
in this issue. I am going to ask unani
i put whatever comments he wants in the
stinguished ranking member, Mr. Skelton,
rest in this area.
of their appearance here does not indicate rested. They are. I have had discussions with ust, unfortunately, this two day period we are ling. We wanted to give you the chance to come mntry and present your outline during this very I. which is why we scheduled this hearing at this e. But I want you to understand that our collides of the aisle do want to work with the Comt to continue their support, and appreciate the iiave been providing for us up until this point in
iovernor, I will, without objection, place your entire he record, and you may use whatever time you might c get to questions.
IT OF HON. JAMES S. GILMORE, III, CHAIRMAN, ADPANEL TO ASSESS DOMESTIC RESPONSE CAPABILI)R TERRORISM INVOLVING WEAPONS OF MASS DETION, AND FORMER GOVERNOR, COMMONWEALTH OF Noa
■ nor GlLMORE. Mr. Chairman, thank you very much for the
anity to appear before you and Members of the subcommittee
lorning. I certainly recognize that there are some organiza
. issues at work that are preventing some Members from
& here this morning. But, nonetheless, I appreciate your afford
us the opportunity, and me the opportunity, to make this
jrd, which we believe will be useful for you and other leaders
the Congress as you go forward in the days and the months
I want to thank you for the opportunity to be here. I certainly vant to thank Congresswoman Davis for her presence here today,