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Lawmakers want full assessment of terrorism risks

Lawmakers on the House Homeland Security Committee are most concerned that the Homeland Security Department has yet to create a full risk assessment of potential terrorism, complaining that the government cannot properly target its resources if no one knows what is at greatest risk. At a hearing Thursday, Committee Chairman Christopher Cox, R-Calif., said a complete risk assessment is needed to establish “more concrete goals to make the country safer” and to “deter irresponsible binge spending.” Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., agreed, complaining that she has been waiting for more than a year for the department to complete such an assessment. She demanded a timeline for completion, and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said he expects an assessment to be completed in the next 60 to 90 days. Full Story

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