Homeland Security Today: House Republicans Decline to Consolidate Homeland Security Oversight

Republicans convened the House for the 112th Congress Wednesday, but they did not set any rules consolidating oversight of the Homeland Security Department (DHS) under its Homeland Security Committee–a move long sought by politicians on both sides of the aisle.

The 34-page rules package (H. Res. 5) for the congressional session does not even mention the words “homeland security.”

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the ranking member of the committee, lamented the continuation of splintered jurisdiction for DHS in a statement Wednesday, nothing that the final report of the 9/11 Commission recommended the consolidation of congressional oversight into one committee.