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House Committee schedules hearing to review bombings

WASHINGTON — The House Homeland Security Committee will hold the first congressional hearing on the Boston Marathon attacks on May 9, focusing on the law enforcement and emergency response, the panel’s chairman announced Wednesday.

“The committee is currently examining the events leading up to the attack on our homeland, the genesis of this plot, and the reaction by law enforcement,” said Representative Michael McCaul, Republican of Texas. “Next week’s hearing will provide an opportunity to hear from those who were on the front lines of the response effort and who were present through the attack and its aftermath.”

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Witnesses will include Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis; Massachusetts Undersecretary for Homeland Security Kurt Schwartz; and former Connecticut senator Joseph I. Lieberman, a key architect of the Department of Homeland Security.

McCaul said the hearing is the first in a series that the panel will hold to determine if warnings may have been missed that could have prevented the attack and what lessons might be learned.

“As our nation recovers, it is imperative that we understand what happened, what signs may have been missed, and what we can improve,” he said.

The committee’s wide-ranging investigation, McCaul added, “will look at how law enforcement addressed the area after the attack; how federal, state, and local officials communicated with their counterparts at other agencies regarding the suspects before and following the event; and the challenges associated with securing our country since 9/11.’’

Bryan Bender can be reached at bender@globe.com.
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