Peoria Journal Star

January 30, 2003

LaHood to chair subcommittee 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Peoria, will
take on a challenging assignment next week when he’s
expected to be chosen chairman of the House terrorism
and homeland security subcommittee. 

The chairmanship would be LaHood’s first since he was
elected to the House in 1994. 

"Given the magnitude of terrorism and homeland
security in today’s world, I believe this is a tremendous
opportunity to have even further insight and input on
one of the most pressing issues of our time," said
LaHood, who will receive the official designation at a
House Intelligence Committee organizational meeting
next Thursday. 

The subcommittee began as a working group in early
2001 and was elevated to subcommittee status after
the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. 

It initially was designated to lead the investigation of
the attack, but its work eventually was overshadowed
by the inquiry conducted by the entire House and
Senate Intelligence Committees. 

The subcommittee did issue a report last July that
concluded that intelligence agencies had failed to
address gaps in their intelligence-gathering capabilities
that had been identified three years earlier. 

LaHood also will assume additional responsibilities on
the House Appropriations Committee, being assigned to
the veterans affairs, Housing and Urban Development
and independent agencies subcommittee. 

He will give up his seat on the House Budget
Committee.