SYRACUSE, NY – U.S. Rep. John Katko was today (Feb. 24) named to the House Homeland Security Committee’s bipartisan Task Force on Denying Terrorists Entry into the United States.
Katko, who last Congress chaired the Committee’s Task Force on Combating Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel, today applauded Chairman McCaul for continuing to focus the Committee’s efforts on preventing terrorists from gaining access to our country.
The Task Force on Combating Foreign Fighter Travel released its final report in September 2015, including 50 recommendations for improving national security.
Since that time, Rep. Katko has worked on the House Homeland Security Committee to act legislatively on many of these items.
“Two years ago, I had the honor of chairing the bipartisan Task Force on Combating Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel. Over the course of several months, we identified 32 key findings and produced 50 recommendations to improve our national security capabilities,” said Katko. “These threats remain as complex and dangerous as ever, and I am pleased that Chairman McCaul has announced the formation of the Task Force on Denying Terrorists Entry into the United States. This task force will delve into potential security gaps that allow terrorists to enter the United States. I am honored to be named as part of this task force and look forward to continuing our work to keep this country safe.”
McCaul said, “The threat of terrorist entry into the United States is real and we must act in close coordination with the Administration to protect Americans from those who wish us harm. I commend Congressman Katko for his commitment to this task force and the crucial task of protecting our homeland.”
The bipartisan panel, comprising five Republican and three Democratic committee members, is slated to commence work in March and will provide a final report with its findings later this year.
The task force will examine all pathways by which extremists might infiltrate the homeland and will seek to identify gaps in U.S. government information sharing and vetting procedures.
Fixing potential weaknesses in these systems will go a long way towards improving America’s defenses against terrorism.
Katko serves on the House Homeland Security Committee where he chairs the Transportation and Protective Security Subcommittee. He represents the 24th Congressional District, which includes all of Onondaga, Cayuga, and Wayne counties and the western portion of Oswego County.
For more information, please visit https://katko.house.gov or www.facebook.com/RepJohnKatko.