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Shaheen will serve as senior Democrat on subcommittee overseeing national security programs and investments

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today she has been appointed to serve as Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Department of Homeland Security for the 114th Congress. Shaheen, a member of the Appropriations and Armed Services Committees, will serve as the senior Democrat on the Subcommittee and, will play a critical role in this capacity in determining national security funding priorities, including the need to focus on ever-increasing cyber threats.

“Providing federal and local officials with necessary resources to protect our homeland and way of life is one of our most important responsibilities in Congress,” Shaheen said. “I am honored to be assuming this leadership role and the critical responsibilities that come with it – including supporting efforts to defend our homeland against international terrorism, reducing the flow of narcotics and weapons across our borders, protecting our coastlines including our mariners and fisherman, and providing disaster assistance to recovering communities. And I am committed to working in a bipartisan fashion to meet these challenges.”

The Homeland Security Subcommittee holds jurisdiction on the Department of Homeland Security and its related agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Secret Service, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, among others. The Subcommittee supports the DHS’ efforts to protect the nation’s security against terrorism and other hazards in five core issue areas:

  •           preventing terrorism and enhancing security;
  •           securing and managing U.S. borders;
  •           enforcing and administering federal immigration laws;
  •           safeguarding and securing cyberspace; and
  •           ensuring resilience to disasters.