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CRISIS RESPONSE REQUIREMENTS FOR HOMELAND
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES,
Washington, DC, Thursday, November 14, 2002. The subcommittee met, pursuant to call, at 9:12 a.m., in room 2118 Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. Curt Weldon (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding. OPENING STATEMENT OF HON. CURT WELDON, A REPRESENT.
ATIVE FROM PENNSYLVANIA, CHAIRMAN, MILITARY PRO-
This morning, the Military Procurement Subcommittee meets to receive testimony from Governor James S. Gilmore on the soon-tobe-released fourth annual report to the President and Congress from the Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction, more commonly known as the Gilmore Commission.
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.
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being here. The gentleman from MisGene Taylor, is not here. And he is very d in this issue. I am going to ask unaniin put whatever comments he wants in the distinguished ranking member, Mr. Skelton, Lerest in this area. k of their appearance here does not indicate erested. They are. I have had discussions with Just, unfortunately, this two day period we are ning. We wanted to give you the chance to come country and present your outline during this very d, which is why we scheduled this hearing at this ne. But I want you to understand that our colsides of the aisle do want to work with the Comnt to continue their support, and appreciate the have been providing for us up until this point in
Governor, I will, without objection, place your entire the record, and you may use whatever time you might e get to questions.
NT OF HON. JAMES S. GILMORE, III, CHAIRMAN, ADPANEL TO ASSESS DOMESTIC RESPONSE CAPABILI. OR TERRORISM INVOLVING WEAPONS OF MASS DETION, AND FORMER GOVERNOR, COMMONWEALTH OF VIA rnor GILMORE. Mr. Chairman, thank you very much for the unity to appear before you and Members of the subcommittee worning. I certainly recognize that there are some organiza. issues at work that are preventing some Members from z here this morning. But, nonetheless, I appreciate your affordus the opportunity, and me the opportunity, to make this ord, which we believe will be useful for you and other leaders the Congress as you go forward in the days and the months lead. . I want to thank you for the opportunity to be here. I certainly want to thank Congresswoman Davis for her presence here today,