Hearing Summary: Transportation Security Challenges Post-9/11

December 2, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a full committee hearing today on Transportation Security Challenges Post-9/11.

Witness List:

The Honorable Janet Napolitano, Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security 

Key Quotations from Today’s Hearing:

“A complex global transportation network and supply chain creates enormous security challenges for our nation. Our increasing global interconnectedness creates inherent security threats. Our porous borders, both land and sea, create inherent risk. Both Congress and the Administration must balance important but competing needs – maintaining an efficient flow of commerce while ensuring no terrorists can enter our country by land, sea, or air. I understand this balance and I am committed to do all we can in Congress to make sure it is achieved.”

Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV

“Ensuring our security and facilitating economic activity are mutually beneficial, not mutually exclusive. A safe and secure homeland requires that we maintain effective control of our air, land, and sea borders. Secure, well-managed borders must not only protect the United States from threats from abroad – they must also permit the expeditious and safe flow of lawful travel and commerce.”

The Honorable Janet Napolitano, Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security