*Hearing Advisory* A Study in Contrasts: House and Senate Approaches to Border Security

Jul 22, 2013 Issues: Defense and Homeland Security

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, will hold a hearing on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at 10:00am entitled, “A Study in Contrasts: House and Senate Approaches to Border Security.”

Chairman Miller said: “How best to secure the border has been the principal line of inquiry of mine and this Subcommittee for the last several years.  I have sought to reframe the debate away from a default position that the way to secure the border is to ‘throw more resources at the problem.’  Instead, the Subcommittee has refocused the dialogue surrounding border security around the answers to three simple questions: What does a secure border look like? How do we get there? And then how to accurately measure progress or results?

“S 7.44, the Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill included some provisions which could be accurately described as a continuation of previous efforts to secure the border – with a heavy emphasis on spending resources, with limited accountability or ability to measure outcomes of those applied resources.  The House Homeland Committee has taken a different approach.  H.R. 1417, the Border Security Act which passed both our Subcommittee and the full Committee with broad bipartisan support, first calls for a strategy and an implementation plan to be produced before additional resources are expended.  It also requires metrics to increase accountability, and applies a standard of no less than 90% effectiveness to for the first time, holding the Department accountable to an achievable, yet tough standard of security.  This hearing is meant to assess the two disparate approaches of the House and Senate, and to better inform the legislation that is presented to the Congress which will finally seek to achieve the outcome of a secure border.”

The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, July 23 at 10:00am in 311 Cannon.  Live webcast will begin at the start of the hearing.

Panel I:
• The Honorable John Cornyn, United States Senate, Texas
• The Honorable Xavier Becerra, Representative from the 34th District State of California

Panel II:
• Mr. Jayson Ahern
, Former Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
• Mr. Edward (Ted) Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations
• Mr. Rich Stana, Former Director, Homeland Security and Justice, Government Accountability Office

When:        10:00am, Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Where:      311 Cannon House Office Building,
                   Washington, DC


For media inquiries, contact: Erin.Sayago@mail.house.gov