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Bill seeks better interagency coordination in efforts to get US hostages released abroad

FILE - In this April 7, 2011 file photo, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., speaks  during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Hunter said he will introduce a bill on March 19, 2015, that calls on the president to task one person to lead U.S. efforts to recover American hostages.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

FILE - In this April 7, 2011 file photo, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Hunter said he will introduce a bill on March 19, 2015, that calls on the president to task one person to lead U.S. efforts to recover American hostages. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)  (The Associated Press)

A House Republican's effort to better coordinate government-wide efforts to free U.S. hostages held abroad is winning early support from the Pentagon chief.

California congressman Duncan Hunter is introducing a bill Thursday that calls on the president to task one person to lead U.S. efforts to recover American hostages.

The bill comes as Islamic extremists are targeting Americans across the globe and the White House is reviewing how the U.S. responds when citizens are taken hostage.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said at a House Armed Services Committee hearing Wednesday that hostage rescue is an example of something that's best done with a whole-of-government approach.

Hunter's bill calls for one interagency coordinator who would manage a task force of government agencies best suited to work on each hostage case.