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Congressional Oversight Needed in Continuing Resolution

This week I voted in favor of a continuing resolution measure that would fund government operations. It also contained an amendment authored by House Armed Services Committee Chairman “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.) to authorize train-and-equip authority as part of the effort to defeat the Islamic State.   Read more »

at Sep 19, 2014 9:58 AM
       

Senate Committee Approves Cornyn’s Justice For Victims Of Trafficking Act

The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved legislation I sponsored to boost support for and protection of victims of human trafficking by increasing law enforcement resources, enhancing victims’ services and increasing penalties in an effort to combat child sex trafficking, child pornography, sexual exploitation and human trafficking.   Read more »

at Sep 18, 2014 4:52 PM
       

Eliminating the Global Threat of ISIL

The global threat of the terrorist group ISIL is real. And it’ll only increase if we allow ISIL to keep building support, resources, and arms. Based on the briefings I’ve received on the subject, I don’t see any current threat on our home turf. But there is certainly the potential for an attack in the future – especially with the still porous condition of our southern border.   Read more »

at Sep 16, 2014 1:50 PM
       

The Militarization Of Our Local Schools

On August 28, I wrote a piece questioning the militarization of our local police departments. In that article I asked some tough questions concerning the need for local law enforcement agencies to have military surplus items such as grenade launchers and mine resistant armored vehicles (the later are specifically known as a MRAP). I believe that

at Sep 16, 2014 9:19 AM
       

Pete Sessions Statement on National Hispanic Heritage Month

Today marks the first day of National Hispanic Heritage Month, a month-long celebration of a rich heritage that has had an immense impact on our local community and nation as a whole. This month gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect upon the many contributions Hispanic Americans have made to our great nation, ranging from the arts, service in the military, and to their strong presence in the business community.   Read more »

at Sep 15, 2014 2:47 PM
       

Standing United Against ISIL

As we remember the tragic occurrences of 9/11 we must also recognize that we still live with the very real threat of continued acts of terrorism. Two American journalists have been savagely executed and the Middle East remains unstable. This past week, we finally heard from the President that he now understands it will take more than hope to defeat terror and evil in this world.   Read more »

at Sep 15, 2014 11:53 AM
       

SPC Justin Lane Receives HERO’S WELCOME with New Home in Comal County

Patriotism is alive and well in Comal County. SPC Justin “JP” Lane received a hero’s welcome on September 11, 2014 with a parade and BBQ, Texas-style. The event was to present JP, as he is called, with a home in Smithson Valley. He was given the ‘keys’ to his new house by HelpingAHero.org. JP could not have landed in a more conservative and friendly neighborhood.   Read more »

at Sep 13, 2014 4:04 PM
       

School Answers for Denying Entry to Father Wearing Army Uniform

A twenty-four year Army officer was denied entrance to his daughter’s high school in Rochester, Michigan. His offense? He was wearing the uniform of the United States Army.

Army Lt. Colonel Sherwood Baker went to his daughter’s high school when he was greeted at the door by a Rochester Adams High School security guard. He went to the school with his daughter to help her learn her way around the school. The security guard informed Colonel Sherwood he would have to go home and change clothes before he could be granted entry into the building.   Read more »

at Sep 12, 2014 12:22 PM
       

Remembering September 11th

As I paused to remember the fallen heroes of September 11, I am reminded that just 3 days later I began drafting one of my first essays. The Sound of Security has not been seen except by a few people before today. I hope that you enjoy it.

The Sound of Security
By Nelson Spear

I remember hearing my mother do the dishes after I was tucked into bed at night as a child. The clattering of those plates and cups in the sink would

at Sep 11, 2014 1:20 PM
       

13th Anniversary of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

Thirteen years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, our nation’s thoughts and prayers remain with the families of the fallen and the lives that were forever changed. That morning, we witnessed firsthand the very ruthless and barbaric nature of extremist terrorists. While our country was under attack, we quickly united as Americans, cared for our neighbors, and showed the world just how strong, resilient, and patriotic we are.   Read more »

at Sep 11, 2014 8:33 AM
       

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