Cox to chair new House homeland committee

Cox to chair new House homeland committee

House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) has selected Rep. Christopher Cox (R-Ca.) to be the chairman of the new Select Committee on Homeland Security. A Cox aide said the Republican leadership has not chosen the other majority party members of the committee.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is set to select the Democratic Party members for the new panel but has not yet done so, a Pelosi aide said.

The new panel is intended to function for two years to oversee the formation of the Homeland Security Department.

'I will work to make our government more effective in the fight against terrorism,' Cox said in a release announcing his appointment. 'I will ensure that it is done efficiently, and that Congress and the federal government work together toward this common goal.'

Cox will remain chairman of the House Policy Committee, a position he has held since 1994, as well as a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee.

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