Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) was confirmed as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on Thursday.
Shortly after his confirmation by the Senate Republican Conference, Johnson laid out the mission that the committee would follow under his tutelage and expressed his willingness to work with the former chairman of the committee, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.)
Johnson's priorities on the committee's jurisdiction on homeland security will be border and cyber security, and the protection of infrastructure. He also stated that the committee will assist the Department of Homeland Security whenever possible.
On the governmental affairs portion of the committee's responsibilities, Johnson's priorities include oversight hearings to promote bipartisan measures that would reduce regulatory burdens on the economy and to also make the country more competitive in the global markets. He also aims to put a stop to abuse, waste and fraud within the government.
“During my 31 years as a manufacturer in the private sector, I found it was always more productive to seek common ground with others by working on areas of agreement and pursuing shared goals," Johnson said. "Regardless of political affiliation, every American wants a safe and prosperous country. I intend to work with all of my colleagues to find ways of pursuing that shared goal.”
Carper also expressed willingness to work with Johnson on the committee and congratulated him on being selected as chairman.