Thank you.WOLF:Thank you, Mr. Fattah.Mr. Rogers was going to be here to make a statement, and I think he's at the Republican conference. So when hecomes, we may break -- break for that.With that, Mr. Attorney General, we welcome you and look forward to hearing your testimony. And your fullstatement will appear in the record.HOLDER:Good morning, Chairman Wolf, Ranking Member Fattah, and distinguished members of the subcommittee. Andthank you for the opportunity to discuss the president's fiscal year 2012 budget for the Department of Justice and toprovide an update on the department's progress as well as the department's priorities.Today, I come to you on behalf of my colleagues, more than 117,000 dedicated men and women who serve ournation's Justice Department in positions and offices all around the world. Above all, I come to you on behalf of myfellow citizens.As our nation's chief law enforcement officer, protecting the safety of the American people is my most importantobligation. At every level of the department, this is our primary focus.As you know, in recent years, our nation has confronted some of the most significant terrorist threats in thehomeland since the September 11th attacks. And the Justice Department has played a vital role in combating thesethreats.Since 9/11, there have been hundreds of defendants convicted of terrorism or terrorism-related violations in federalcourt. And during 2009 and 2010, the Justice Department charged more defendants in federal court with the mostserious terror related offenses than in any similar period since September the 11th.Just last week, in Chairman Wolf's district, Zachary Chesser, a resident of Northern Virginia and a United Statescitizen, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for attempting to provide material support to the terrorist organizational-Shabaab, communicating threats against Americans, and encouraging violent jihadists to impede and obstruct thework of law enforcement.Also last week, FBI agents arrested an individual in Texas for attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.Thanks to the around- the-clock work of hundreds of FBI agents, analysts, and federal prosecutors, this alleged plotwas thwarted.Now, beyond our critical national security efforts, the department has made, I believe, extraordinary progress infulfilling the pledge that I made before this subcommittee nearly two years ago: that we would restore integrity andtransparency at every level of our work and that under my leadership every decision made and every policyimplemented would be based on the facts, the law, and the best interests of the American people, regardless of political pressures or consequences.I'm also proud to report that the department has taken meaningful steps to safeguard civil rights in our work placesand housing markets and voting booths and in border areas; to protect our environment; and to bring our nation'sfight against financial and health care fraud to unprecedented levels.