David Price in Critical New Congressional Role

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."


This is great.

Rep. Price is level-headed and this committee assignment is the perfect place for him. I hope he gets his nose into something and doesn't stop pushing.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

It's a gavel, George

She isn't a fairy. She's the most powerful woman this country has ever known. Try not to take that away from her on day one. Thanks.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Didn't have to mean anything

casual references still perpetuate the stereotype.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I'm with the women on this.

I don't consider myself anywhere near capable of standing in the shoes of women, blacks, Hispanics, gays, lesbians, whatevers. So when someone in a population segment says that something is troublesome to them, I take it on face value that they're right and I'm not. Except for Republicans of course.

I didn't notice the "wand" comment at all, but on reflection, it's not helpful.

Good catch, SD.

You do a pretty good job of the shoe standing

....and after a year of writing together I can add that you do so, very consistently.

The hardest thing is changing those little things that seem to slip under the radar. Most men will see them as harmless. Quite a few women will, as well. Thank you for trusting me that they are not at all harmless.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Thank you Mr. Pence!

No one will know what we're talking about, but you've done a masterful edit. It fits one of my old saws: When in doubt, leave it out.


Actually, Chuckie T. losing

is what made Price the most powerful member of the NC delegation, when he became the senior-most member and thereby head of the NC caucus.

(And not for nothing, but that wand comment comes off as pretty sexist.)

Larry Kissell is MY Congressman

Basically right WFC

or basically correct. :) The chairmanship was pretty much assured when we took the majority. There was an N&O article on November 9th about it. It really had more to do with seniority on the committee and being in the majority. Even if Chuckie T still had his job, he wouldn't have his chairmanships if kicked out of the majority and the Dems in NC would.

There must be a lot of subcommittee positions that aren't as clear-cut b/c Brad Miller posted yesterday that he would know within a couple of weeks what he would chair.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Price on his new role

Talked to him about it a couple of weeks ago. He'll be doing the oversight thing. Here's the column link:

Though he has yet to be named chairman, Price, who moves up to senior Democrat with the retirement of Minnesota’s Martin Sabo, was paid a visit last week by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Deputy Secretary Michael P. Jackson.

It was not a highly detailed look at the budget, Price says, more of a discussion of priorities and the progress of a reorganization of the department mandated by Congress this year. Price told Chertoff he favors an “all hazard approach” when it comes to prioritizing disaster preparedness. The administration, Price says, has shifted too many resources away from first responders, emergency preparedness and helping local law enforcement, choosing to focus almost exclusively on terrorism. “First responders actually have less help than they did before 9/11.”

The congressman wants to take a hard look at the role and strength of FEMA and says it is likely that the committee will turn to the DHS inspector general and the General Accounting Office as part of a broader inquiry into the operation of DHS and how effectively all 22 agencies have been integrated.

Democrats, he says, are determined to revise the idea of checks and balances. “It’s one of the things we had campaigned on. Congress shut down as an oversight operation.”

That's wonderful, Kirk

Thanks for quoting and linking.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Ed Cone

welcomes George over in Greensboro. Way to go, George!

David Price is terrific

He's one of the most well-respected members of Congress, and I know he'll do a great job of oversight -- assuming he can get any information out of this administration.

Oh, and I just moved into his district. Huzzah!

I like D Price

We live in his district also (precinct 18-06)and he is very approachable, A great guy that does not put on airs.