WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) this week was appointed to the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security. This standing committee of the U.S. House of Representatives is responsible for security legislation and authorization and policy oversight responsibilities over the Department of Homeland Security, including domestic preparedness and response to terrorism, transportation, port, and infrastructure security, and FEMA and disaster response.
The committee was originally created by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002 in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
“Today, the safety and security of our nation is at a critical juncture, with rapidly evolving threats from foreign and domestic terrorists, homegrown violent extremism, hacking and cybersecurity attacks, and unforeseen disasters threatening our nation. Just this past week, we witnessed a grave challenge to our national security in the unprecedented insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, underscoring the urgent need to remain vigilant to protect our country and our democracy. We must also make sure that our law enforcement, firefighters and all first responders at every level have the resources and equipment they need to safeguard themselves and our communities. I’m looking forward to working with Chairman Bennie Thompson and colleagues on both sides of the aisle of the Committee to find common ground and advance commonsense national security solutions that protect us all,” Gottheimer said.
In addition to the Homeland Security Committee, Gottheimer will continue to serve on the prestigious House Financial Services Committee, where he remains the only Member from the New Jersey Congressional delegation.