This statement was released yesterday by Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez:
SANTA ANA, CA â€“ Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-47), Vice Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, today issued the following statement regarding news that U.S. security officials have intercepted two packages of Yemeni origin with explosive devices inside. According to the New York Times, the intended destinations of the packages were two places of Jewish worship in Chicago:
â€œAs Vice Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, I want to commend local and federal law enforcement officials and airport cargo screeners for their quick action in response to this credible terrorist threat against the United States. The relevant authorities continue to work together to investigate the origins of these explosive devices. As the President stated earlier, todayâ€™s events in Newark and Philadelphia serve as a reminder that we must always be vigilant against potential acts of terrorism.â€
â€œI also want to underscore the important work Congress is doing to screen cargo shipments that may constitute threats against our security. In September, I co-introduced the Air Cargo Security Act of 2010, a bipartisan bill that would establish federal air cargo screening centers for packages carried by foreign and domestic air carriers. Now more than ever, the U.S. needs a coordinated cargo security program for planes and trucks entering our country. I hope the events of the last twenty-four hours will result in the Transportation Security Administration taking concrete action to develop one.â€
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is proud to represent Californiaâ€™s 47th Congressional District, which includes the cities of Anaheim, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, and parts of Fullerton in Orange County. She serves as Vice Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee and is the ranking female member on the House Armed Services Committee. Rep. Sanchez is also a member of the bipartisan, bicameral Joint Economic Committee.