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Rep. Peter King to step down as chairman of Homeland Security Committee
Mon Nov 26, 2012 6:35AM
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Rep. Pete King

 

Rep. Pete King of Long Island is stepping down as chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, possibly costing New York City crucial federal funding to combat terrorism.

 

As chairman, King helped to ensure that New York maintained the same level of federal assistance even as the pot of available funds shrank.

 

But it is unclear who will wield the committee’s gavel in the new Congress - and whether that new chairman will be as sensitive to New York’s requests for assistance.

 

In an interview with the Daily News, King acknowledged the risk to New York’s funding.

 

The new drive in Washington to reduce the federal deficit and the possibility that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano might be moving on as well are only adding to the uncertainty, he said.

 

King, a Republican, is giving up the top spot under self-imposed Republican rules that limit members to serving no more than six years as a committee chairman. NY Daily News

HIGHLIGHTS

King said he expected to assume the chairmanship of the committee’s Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subcommittee. The Hill

 

Reps. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Candice Miller (R-Mich.) and Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) are expected to seek the Homeland Security gavel. The Hill

 

McCaul currently serves as chairman of the Homeland Security Oversight, Investigations and Management subcommittee, with Miller heading the Borders and Maritime Security subcommittee and Rogers the Transportation Security subcommittee. The Hill

 

The amount of money the federal government has given U.S. cities to protect against terrorism has reportedly declined 40 percent over the past three years. Fox News

 

King said about the reduced funding and uncertainty over a possible Cabinet shakeup: “Nothing is definite in politics or government, so if there is a new Homeland Security secretary, I will try to work with them as chairman of the subcommittee, and work with the new chair.” Fox News

 

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