Pascrell Named to Homeland Security Task Force
WASHINGTON - Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-8) announced this week that the House Democratic Caucus has appointed him to the Homeland Security Task Force, a coalition of Democratic House Members organized in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The special task force brings together a geographically and demographically diverse group of Democratic Members to share expertise, coordinate issues that transcend individual committee assignments, and focus Congressional efforts on national security, stability and prosperity.
"By targeting symbols of American strength and success, the terrorists intended not only to destroy the bricks and mortar that hold our nation together but also to assault the core values and civil liberties that are at the foundation of our democracy," Congressman Pascrell said. "As we continue to do all that we can for those families who are grieving the loss of a loved one, we must marshal our national resources to identify the responsible parties -- in the United States and abroad -- and stop those who support, harbor and carry out acts of terror."
"Most importantly, we need to take decisive action to prevent future attacks. We can and will secure our people while still securing our constitution and protecting our civil liberties. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Homeland Security Task Force."
The task force has as its first order of business travel security - airline, train and public transit safety. In the next weeks, it plans to offer proposals in such areas as victims' compensation, counter-terrorism, defense, and any area that will provide the American people with the best homeland security possible.
Members of the panel sit on the House Intelligence, Defense, Transportation, Appropriations, and Judiciary Committees. Pascrell was named to the panel by House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt.