McCaul to remain chairman of Committee on Homeland Security

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul will remain chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security. | U.S. House of Representatives

Texas Republican U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul was tapped this week to continue as chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security.

McCaul thanked House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, for the appointment and said that over the past two years, the country has witnessed several crises that have affected the homeland, including the Boston Marathon bombing, the Ebola virus and the threat of ISIS.

McCaul said the threats are still prevalent in today's society, and that the United States needs to be better prepared to combat biological threats such as the Ebola virus.

“I commend my hard-working colleagues on the committee for what we have accomplished together this Congress to confront these challenges and provide diligent oversight of the Department of Homeland Security,” he said. “Moving forward, we will continue to lead legislative efforts to address border security, cyber security, counterterrorism and transportation security; save taxpayers money; and (improve) preparedness to respond to natural disasters, terror attacks and biological threats.”

In October, McCaul held a conference in Dallas to address the coordination to combat the Ebola virus in the U.S. During the conference, McCaul said threats to the country are “only a flight away” and discussed the country's preparedness and capabilities when it came to screening passengers coming into the U.S.

“Effective coordination at all levels of government and with our international partners is vital for all aspects of our security, whether it be working to combat the threat posed by terrorists such as ISIS, addressing the porous Southwest border or the prevention of Ebola reaching our shores,” he said.

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