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January 29, 2009

House Homeland Committee Adds Members

Filed under: Budgets and Spending,General Homeland Security,Intelligence and Info-Sharing — by Jonah Czerwinski on January 29, 2009

Eight new Democratic members of the House Homeland Security Committee replace a group of seven outgoing Dems on the Committee, and one more majority seat remains to be filled. Overall, the Democrats increase their majority on the Homeland Committee from 18 to 20 seats. Here’s who is in:

Emanuel Cleaver II of Missouri
Laura Richardson of California
Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona
Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico
James A. Himes of Connecticut
Mary Jo Kilroy of Ohio
Eric J. Massa of New York
Dina Titus of Nevada

And who is out:
Ed Markey of Massachusetts
Norm Dicks of Washington
Nita M. Lowey of New York
Donna M. Christensen of the U.S. Virgin Islands
Bob Etheridge of North Carolina
Jim Langevin of Rhode Island
Ed Perlmutter of New Jersey

(None of the outgoing Dems lost in elections.)

Also, Rob Margetta ran a piece in CQ today on the prospect of a DHS Authorization Bill coming this year. He canvassed a number of individuals on the likelihood of and need for such legislation, including P.J. Crowley, Jena Baker McNeill, Donald H. Kent Jr., former DHS A/S for legislative affairs, and yours truly. Since the founder of this blog, Christian Beckner, is a senior member of the staff for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, I’m optimistic the bill will see light this Congress.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

January 29, 2009 @ 12:10 pm

Okay to talk authorization but how about some technical amendments first. Amend each statute vesting authority in a subunit of DHS directly with the an amendment that substitutes the Secretary DHS. The Committees that “own” these other statutes have no basis for complaint since at least theoretically the Homeland Security Act of 2002 transferred all programs, functions, and activites authorized by these other statutes to the Secretary DHS. Hey, a march of a 1000 miles starts with a single step. Perhaps a Committee print listing all statutes now vested in DHS and indicating obsolete language for predecessor organizations and titles in US Code sections other than Title 6 could also be included, as well as all cross-references to DHS elsewhere in the US Code. And in turn the Congress should ask the White House to republish with corrections, or whatever, all Executive Orders delegating authority from the President to the Secretary DHS. This might even be handy in domestic crisis management situations. One can always hope that updated delegations to subordinates of the Secretary DHS are a priority for the new management. After all ever since an 1803 SCOTUS decision in LITTLE v. BAREME citizens are entitled to know the legal authority of any federal official to take an action.
Then on to authorization!

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