Kerrey said that is when the government knew there were terror cells operating in the United States.
Rice will give sworn testimony today (Thursday) to the ten-member panel before a national television audience.
Kerrey said in an interview with the Associated Press that he will ask questions similar to those he asked President Clinton's national security adviser, Sandy Berger.
Kerrey said Clinton did not take seriously enough the threat in 1996 when terror mastermind Osama bin Laden urged Islamic men to join his effort to kill Americans.
In following years, there were several successful or attempted attacks against Americans, and it became known that al-Qaida cells were operating in the United States.
Kerrey said he wants to know why military and domestic agencies were not mobilized to confront the threat.