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Hassan to chair Senate emerging threats subcommittee

Hassan to chair Senate emerging threats subcommittee
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Sen. Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanBiden signs supply chain order after 'positive' meeting with lawmakers Koch-backed group launches ads urging lawmakers to reject COVID-19 relief bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - COVID-19 rescue bill a unity test for Dems MORE (D-N.H.) will chair the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s subcommittee focused on national security threats and spending oversight, committee leaders announced Wednesday.

The Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight will focus on national security issues, including cybersecurity threats, on whether the federal government is prepared to confront these threats, and on evaluating government use of taxpayer dollars. 

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Finger-pointing on Capitol riot; GOP balks at Biden relief plan Sanders votes against Biden USDA nominee Vilsack Senate confirms Vilsack as Agriculture secretary MORE (R-Ky.) will serve as ranking member of the panel, and Hassan takes over as chair from him.

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“I am eager to continue leading bipartisan efforts to address emerging national security threats and conduct important oversight of how taxpayers’ dollars are spent,” Hassan said in a statement Wednesday. “The United States is facing a range of emerging threats, from terrorism at home and abroad to cyberattacks, and I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to combat these threats and help keep our citizens safe, secure, and free.” 

“Granite Staters know better than any the importance of fiscal responsibility, and I look forward to continuing efforts to improve government efficiency and crack down on the waste of taxpayer dollars,” she added. 

Both full Committee Chairman Gary PetersGary PetersDeJoy set for grilling by House Oversight panel Top cops deflect blame over Capitol attack Law enforcement officials lay out evidence Capitol riot was 'coordinated' attack MORE (D-Mich.) and ranking member Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanMurkowski undecided on Tanden as nomination in limbo Biden signs supply chain order after 'positive' meeting with lawmakers Trump backs former campaign adviser for Ohio Republican Party chair MORE (R-Ohio), expressed confidence in Hassan’s leadership of the subcommittee.  

“Senator Hassan has spent her entire career working across the aisle to strengthen national security and cut fraud, waste and abuse throughout government,” Peters said in a statement. “Her strong leadership will help ensure this subcommittee is prepared to address and respond to some of the most serious threats to our country, including terrorism.”

Portman praised Hassan’s leadership and that of other Senate Democrats appointed to head committee panels on Wednesday, which also included freshman Sen. Jon OssoffJon OssoffGeorgia's GOP-led Senate passes bill requiring ID for absentee voting Koch-backed group launches ads urging lawmakers to reject COVID-19 relief bill Perdue rules out 2022 Senate bid against Warnock MORE (D-Ga.) taking over as chair of the Subcommittee on Investigations and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) as chair of the Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management. 

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“These Subcommittee leaders are tasked with ensuring efficient federal regulatory processes and transparency in how taxpayer money is spent, addressing emerging national security concerns, and conducting thorough and efficient oversight of the federal government,” Portman said in a statement.

Hassan has had a history of addressing cybersecurity issues while serving on the full Senate Homeland Security Committee, including helping to ensure legislation she co-sponsored to establish cybersecurity coordinators in every state was included in the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act.

Hassan's appointment comes as other committees move to put leaders in place at the start of the 117th Congress.

On cyber issues, the Senate Armed Services Committee leaders announced Tuesday that Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Klain says Harris would not overrule parliamentarian on minimum wage increase On The Money: Senate panels postpone Tanden meetings in negative sign | Biden signs supply chain order after 'positive' meeting with lawmakers MORE (D-W.Va.) will chair the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, with former chair Sen. Mike RoundsMike RoundsPowell pushes back on GOP inflation fears Overnight Health Care: US surpasses half a million COVID deaths | House panel advances Biden's .9T COVID-19 aid bill | Johnson & Johnson ready to provide doses for 20M Americans by end of March 11 GOP senators slam Biden pick for health secretary: 'No meaningful experience' MORE (R-S.D.) serving as ranking member. 

On the other side of Capitol Hill, the House Armed Services Committee announced the creation of a new cybersecurity-focused subcommittee earlier this month, headed by Rep. Jim LangevinJames (Jim) R. LangevinLawmakers to roll out legislation reorganizing State cyber office Hassan to chair Senate emerging threats subcommittee The Hill's Morning Report - With trial over, Biden renews push for COVID-19 bill MORE (D-R.I.). The House Homeland Security Committee's cyber panel will be chaired by Rep. Yvette ClarkeYvette Diane ClarkeDHS announces new measures to boost nation's cybersecurity Hassan to chair Senate emerging threats subcommittee Hillicon Valley: Krebs is back on Capitol Hill | Cybersecurity as 'preeminent threat' | News on data privacy and voter security MORE (D-N.Y.).