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Rutherford appointed to counterterrorism task force

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. John Rutherford has been appointed to a newly-created Task Force on Denying Terrorists Entry into the United States, the congressman's office announced Monday.

The task force will examine pathways by which terrorists might infiltrate and will look to identify gaps in U.S. intelligence sharing and vetting procedures, Rutherfod's office said. The members of the task force will begin their work in March and will present their findings to the House Committee on Homeland Security later this year.

“As a former sheriff, the safety of our nation is my highest priority,” Rutherford said in a news release. “The United States government has a duty to protect our citizens, and identifying threats and gaps in our national security is our first line of defense against foreign threats. We must keep a vigilant eye on terrorist groups, and we must do everything we can to identify pathways that can jeopardize the safety of our nation. Stopping terrorism is incredibly important, and I want to thank Chairman (Michael) McCaul for appointing me to this task force focused on protecting American citizens.”

McCaul said he commends Rutherford's commitment to the task force.

"The threat of terrorist entry into the United States is real and we must act in close coordination with the Administration to protect Americans from those who wish us harm,” McCaul said.

Rutherford also serves on the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee and Emergency Preparedness and Response Subcommittee.