Today’s New York Times features a letter to editor from the US Senate’s Homeland Security Dynamic Duo, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I/D-CT) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) responding to the New York Times November 24th editorial calling for the removal of FEMA from DHS.  As the Chair and Ranking Member of the US Senate’s Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs the two have formed one of the most productive and cooperative relationships in Congress.

The response they offer to the Times’ arguments are met head on with focus, clarity and common sense – three things not often associated with people who work in Washington let alone Congress.  Their leadership and insight on homeland security matters is without question and the words they offer in today’s response prove it again.

We are all fortunate to have the two of them back in action again.  We’ll be even more fortunate if the incoming Administration and the nation takes their advice and keeps FEMA strong, empowered and integrated inside DHS.

Rich Cooper blogs primarily on emergency preparedness and response, management issues related to the Department of Homeland Security, and the private sector’s role in homeland security. Read More