The Committee on Homeland Security was established in 2002 to
provide Congressional oversight for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
and better protect the American people against a possible terrorist attack.
Chairman Michael McCaul joined the Committee in 2005 as Chairman of the
Investigations Subcommittee, when the House of Representatives granted the
Committee on Homeland Security permanent status.
Committee Republicans passed several landmark pieces of
bipartisan homeland security legislation, including the SAFE Port Act, Chemical
Plant Security legislation, and FEMA reform. A 2006 investigation by
McCaul uncovered more than $1 billion in waste, fraud and abuse in FEMA’s
response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
The Committee was chartered to hold hearings and craft
legislation for issues specific to homeland security. The Committee meets in historic Room
311 in the Cannon House Office Building, which houses the notable Peace painting (Walter
Lofthouse Dean, 1893).