The origins of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Senate Committee can be traced back to 1816. Beginning as the Committee on the District of Columbia and the Committee on Post Office and Postal Roads, the committee has since undergone transformation. Today, the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs is the chief oversight committee of the United States Senate.
The Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs as we know today did not begin as a committee charged with overseeing how the federal government operates. In 1816 it was originally formed as the Committee on the District of Colombia and the Committee on Post Office and Postal Roads/Post Office and Civil Service. In 1854, the Committee on Post Office and Postal Roads introduced “A Bill to Provide for the Transportation of the Mails upon Railroads,” one of the first pieces of legislation advocating for the Transcontinental Railroad. Eight years later, the Committee on the District of Columbia created the basis for the D.C. Emancipation Bill, signed by President Lincoln on April 16, 1862 and on display in the Capitol Visitor Center. The Emancipation Proclamation was signed eight months later.
Early History and Jurisdiction Evolution
Later, in 1842 the Senate Committee on Retrenchment was created. This Committee stemmed from the Committee on Organization, Conduct, and Expenditures in the Executive Departments which then eliminated forty standing and select committees. These committees were then consolidated in 1921 to form the Committee on Expenditures in the Executive Departments. Its first bill, S 1084, established the system for our National Budget. The Committee on Expenditures in the Executive Department was renamed the Committee on Government Operations in 1952, transforming the Committee’s jurisdiction to overseeing how the federal government operates. In the next two decades the Commitee established itself as the primary investigative body of the Senate. When the Committee on Government Operations was created the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI) was also created. PSI led its broad mandate to investigate inefficiency, mismanagement, and corruption in Government. Between 1953 and 1954, PSI Chairman Joseph McCarthy (R-Wis.) held 169 hearings on espionage and subversive activities. In April 1954, Sen. McCarthy clashed with Secretary of the Army Robert T. Stevens, leading to the Army-McCarthy Hearings and the Chairman’s censorship and ultimate political downfall. In the 1960’s and 1970’s the PSI’s investigation of labor unions led the Senate to appoint the Select Committee on Improper Activities which gave public prominence to Senator John F. Kennedy and his brother, the PSI’s lead counsel, Robert F. Kennedy. Government financial scandals and labor racketeering were the PSI’s main focus.
During Senator Samuel J. Ervin’s chairmanship from 1972-1974 the “Watergate crisis” erupted. Chairman Ervin was chosen to lead the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities in 1973 that held dramatic televised hearings investigating financial and tactical abuses in President Nixon’s 1972 re-election campaign.
In 1978, the Committee on Government Operations was reorganized as the Committee on Governmental Affairs. Out of this committee came such monumental legislation as the Watergate Reorganization and Reform Act and the Ethics in Government Act, as well as the Joint Committee on Intelligence Oversight Act, which created the Senate Committee on Intelligence.
The Committee Today
After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, DC the Committee broadened its title to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Over the years, the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and its predecessors have dealt with a number of important issues, including government accountability, Congressional ethics, regulatory affairs, and systems and information security. In 2003, after the Homeland Security Act of 2002 established the Department of Homeland Security, the Committee adopted primary oversight of the creation and subsequent policies, operations, and actions of the Department. In this capacity, the Committee has introduced and passed a number of bills to improve the Department of Homeland Security and ensure America’s safety, including the Homeland Security Act, implementation of the 9/11 Commission recommendations, the Katrina Investigations, and the National Intelligence Reform Act, which revamped the intelligence community and created the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in 2004.
In 2005, the Committee introduced Cybersecurity for the first time to the homeland security debate. Since then, under Senator Lieberman’s and Senator Carper’s leadership the Committee has brought the issue of cybersecurity to the foreground of national security issues.
History of Committee Chairmen
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Established January of 2005, when it replaced the Committee on Governmental Affairs.
2013 – : Tom Carper (D-DE)
2007-2012: Joseph I. Lieberman (ID-CT)
2005-2006: Susan M. Collins (R-ME)
Established February 11, 1977, when it replaced the Committee on Government Operations, Post Office and Civil Service, and District of Columbia.
2003-2004 : Susan M. Collins (R-ME)
2001-2003: Joseph Lieberman (D-CT)
2001: Fred D. Thompson (R-TN) 2001: Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) 1997-2001: Fred D. Thompson (R-TN) 1995-1997: Ted Stevens (R-AK) 1995 : William V. Roth (R-DE) 1987-1995: John Glenn (D-OH) 1981-1987: William V. Roth (R-DE) 1977-1981: Abraham A. Ribicoff (D-CT)
Established March 3, 1952, when it replaced the Committee on Expenditures in the Executive Departments. Terminated February 11, 1977, when it was replaced by the Committee on Governmental Affairs. 1975-1977: Abraham A. Ribicoff (D-CT) 1972-1974: Sam J. Ervin, Jr. (D-NC) 1955-1972: John L. McClellan (D-AR) 1953-1955: Joseph R. McCarthy (R-WI) 1952-1953: John L. McClellan (D-AR)
Expenditures in Executive Departments
Established April 18, 1921. Terminated March 3, 1952, when it became the Committee on Government Operations, which was then replaced by the Committee on Governmental Affairs in 1977. 1949-1952: John L. McClellan (D-AR) 1947-1949: George D. Aiken (R-VT) 1942-1947: Lister Hill (D-AL) 1940-1942: Frederick Van Nuys (D-IN) 1933-1939: J. Hamilton Lewis (D-IL) 1931-1933: Frederick Steiwer (R-OR) 1930-1931: Guy D. Goff (R-WV) 1927-1930: Frederic M. Sackett (R-KY) 1925-1927: David A. Reed (R-PA) 1921-1925: Medill McCormick (R-IL) Chairmen reference: Chairmen of Senate Standing Committees 1789 to present. United States Senate Historical Office.
Presidential and Vice Presidential Members
Throughout its history, the Committee has counted amongst its members multiple presidents, presidential candidates, vice presidents, and vice presidential candidates.
President Barack Obama (2005-2009)
President John F. Kennedy (1953-1956; Chair, Subcommittee on Reorganization)
President and Vice President Richard Nixon (1951-1953)
Vice President Alben Barkley (1936-1947)
Vice President Hannibal Hamlin (1875-1881; Chairman)
Historical Documents at NARA
The National Archives and Records Administration stores a number of historical congressional documents, including documents of the Committee on Governmental Affairs. These documents provide a wealth of information and perspective on the activities of the Committee. Further information can be found on the National Archives and Records Administration’s website.
Interesting that they already had a ready-made Homeland Security Department. It’s one of those hidden departments which should have been shut-down decades earlier to save on costs but somehow it managed to stay open, and has now morphed into yet another monolith department with a bloated budget of $46.9 billion, which serves to enrich the Syndicate; create fearmongering by using a CIA funded group they call al Qaeda, a department which targets Christians and the Tea Party as radical extremists.
Rachel Carson wrote Silent Springs in 1962. The Club of Rome was discussed since the early sixties and established in 1968. The Environmental Protection Agency was established under Nixon by executive order in 1969. The first Earth Day was in 1970. Today the EPA costs over 100 billion – a department which made huge money for the Syndicate under a pretext of “Global Warming”. Interesting that this department exploded under the Clintons, Al Gore…And in 1976, the United States Association of the Club of Rome (USACOR) was formed for the purpose of gradually shutting down the U.S. economy. Since then, working in concert with their international counterparts, they have been pushing the junk science of climate change, fueled a global financial crisis triggered by the mortgage crisis in America resulting in $Trillions being transferred to globalist banks from countries around the world on the brink of default, and enciting revolutions throughout the Middle East that are spreading to the Western world. Our global rulers are systematically taking down the global economy in order to impose what the Council on Foreign Relations – Richard Haass describes as – “an international system of either world government or anarchy.”
“The common enemy of humanity is man.
In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up
with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming,
water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. All these
dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through
changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome.
The real enemy then, is humanity itself.”
– Club of Rome
The Club of Rome is a Neo-Malthusian organization with interlocking membership with European power elite groups such as the Committee of 300, the Bilderberg Group, and the Pilgrims Society. The Club of Rome’s members, including Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and Mikhail Gorbachev, believe humanity requires “a common motivation, namely a common adversary” in order to realize their world government. Obama’ obviously unsustainable Affordable Care Act will eventually lead to Eugenics which is something the elitists-luciferians have been wanting since the late 1800′ to early 1900′ onwards.
“Therefore, send not to know for whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.” – John Donne (1572-1631)