Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said Rep. John Katko (R-NY), ranking member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, has been chosen to lead the American Security Task Force.
“Bolstering our nation’s security is an integral part of Republicans’ legislative plan for when we win back the House next Congress,” McCarthy said. “That is why I chose Congressman John Katko to chair the American Security Task Force, an issue-specific task force charged with leading our conference’s efforts on matters ranging from cybersecurity, supporting law enforcement.”
McCarthy said, as a former prosecutor with experience working on cases concerning counterterrorism, border security, and drug and human trafficking, Katko has the experience necessary to help build a more safe and secure American future.
“Securing the homeland is an American imperative,” Katko said. “Our country is at a pivotal moment, and we have a choice to either shrink back or step up to these challenges that will shape our nation for generations to come. The American Security Task Force will be fundamental to our efforts to defend against the unprecedented ways our homeland security, national security, economic security, and way of life are threatened daily.”
Katko said officials are working to account for the threats of today and the emerging risks of tomorrow.
“We have our work cut out for us, but I can assure you we are up to the challenge,” he said. “I am honored to be trusted to lead this critical task force and look forward to working with the Republican Conference to put forward actionable and constructive solutions to ensure the security of our nation and the safety of all Americans.”