AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Among the six “no” votes were liberal Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, and South Bay Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach, who called the bill “posturing.” “Is spending $20 million so people can talk more and pay for their hotel rooms and expenses really going to solve anything?” Rohrabacher asked. “I don’t think so.” Harman, a Democrat who chairs the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence, argued that the commission is essential to preparing for a domestic attack. “We need to centralize the best ideas out there for understanding this phenomenon,” Harman said. “When we are attacked again it will be by a homegrown terror cell. So we’d better understand how a homegrown cell is formed, and how does a radical change into a violent killer.” Harman became interested in the subject after Torrance police arrested suspects in a string of gas station robberies in 2005 and subsequently uncovered a prison-based Islamic cell with plans to attack synagogues during Jewish holidays. She held a hearing at Torrance City Hall on the issue, and invited Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton and others to testify. When the bill was introduced, it included a grant program to fund local law enforcement initiatives to address the issue. That provision was later removed. As it stands, all the bill would do is create a commission to study the issue. After 18 months, the commission would cede its duties to a “Center for Excellence,” based at a research university. The bill, as passed, did not include any funding for the program. If the Senate approves the idea, some money will have to be allocated to make it a reality. Under the House’s “pay as you go” rules, Harman and her co-sponsors will have to find an offsetting funding cut before the program can be approved. Writing in CQ.com, National Security Editor Jeff Stein argued that the project is “redundant” because homegrown terrorism has been thoroughly studied both inside and outside of government. Harman and her allies, Stein argued, “could save taxpayers money by sponsoring a field trip to the local Barnes & Noble, whose shelves are groaning with tomes on terrorism.” In response, Harman said, “I take strong issue with that. ? The nub of this bill is to try to prevent radicals from becoming terrorists. I don’t think you can put a price tag on that.” [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Gene Maddaus Staff Writer A stripped-down bill by South Bay Rep. Jane Harman to create a commission to study “homegrown terror” has drawn criticism for its cost and purpose. The bill, which passed the House of Representatives on a vote of 404-6 last week, would cost $22 million over five years, estimates the Congressional Budget Office.