House mulls homeland security appropriations panel

| 1/31/2003

House Appropriations Chairman Bill Young, R-Florida, plans to announce a new Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee that will oversee the Homeland Security Department, CongressDaily reported.

The proposal is subject to approval by the full appropriations committee.

Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Kentucky, who was to chair the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee again this year, would instead chair the new homeland subcommittee, which will oversee two agencies with which Rogers is already familiar -- the Transportation Security Agency and the Coast Guard. Both were previously under the transportation subcommittee's jurisdiction.

The proposal would also create a new Transportation and Treasury Appropriations Subcommittee, which would be chaired by Rep. Ernest Istook, R-Oklahoma.

The plan basically moves all non-homeland security-related functions from the current transportation subcommittee to the new transportation-treasury subpanel, including the FAA, highways and highway safety, transit programs, Amtrak, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Washington, DC, Metro Area Transit Authority.