Rep. Barletta appointed to Homeland Security committee

Dec 12, 2012
Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, was appointed to the U.S. House committee responsible for border security, protecting the country from terrorist attacks, responding to disasters, and protecting national infrastructure in the 113th Congress.

Rep. Barletta will become a member of the Committee on Homeland Security after he is sworn in on January 3.

“Fixing our broken immigration system without securing our borders is like replacing the carpet while the roof is still leaking. I’ve been saying for years that we need to secure our borders, improve how we keep track of those visiting our country legally, crack down on fraudulent documentation, and deport criminal aliens. By joining the Homeland Security committee, I will be a loud voice to fix our broken system,” Rep. Barletta said. “I’ve been battling the problems caused by illegal immigration for six and a half years, so I will bring a unique perspective to the Homeland Security committee. I look forward to tackling these very serious problems and introducing legislation that strengthens our national security.”

The Committee on Homeland Security was established in 2002 to provide congressional oversight for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and better protect the American people against a possible terrorist attack. The committee has jurisdiction over Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS), and the U.S. Coast Guard; border security programs including efforts to achieve operational control of the border; and border smuggling and trafficking of drugs, human, currency, weapons and other illicit materials. The committee also has jurisdiction over the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), counterterrorism efforts, cybersecurity, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and airport security, and more.

In the 113th Congress, Rep. Barletta will continue to serve on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Education and the Workforce Committee. He will no longer be a member of the Committee on Small Business.