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.