Speaker Pelosi has just made Rep. David Price the most powerful member of North Carolina's congressional delegation. He will now be serving as chair of the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee. This is a position that puts him at the forefront of one of the top agenda items that House Democrats ran on during the last election. His role will be critical to enacting the full menu of recommendations outlined by the 9/11 committee in their landmark report.
Price's subcommittee will oversee the funding of the sprawling Homeland Security department, and he says that his primary objectives will be disaster preparedness and making sure that first responders have all the resources they need to deal with a national emergency. He made it clear that he's not just talking about terrorism related events, and he also emphasized that he plans to hold significantly more hearings than have been held in the past. So it's fair to ask how much emphasis he will give to previously uninvestigated preparedness disasters like hurricane Katrina.
One major initiative called for in the original 9/11 report was a program to provide greater port security. The Democrats are expected to advance a bill that would provide for scanning the cargo of all ships and airplanes destined for the United States. According to a report at GOVEXEC.com, Price said, "This clearly has funding implications, we have to see what the funding implications are."