Security

A strong national defense is vital in a post-9/11 world. That includes comprehensive border security. In keeping us safe, the government may be tempted to overreach in ways disturbing to those of us who value our liberty above all else. Spying on Americans in the name of security is unacceptable. Finding the right balance between our national security and our freedoms is essential in keeping Americans safe from terrorists who want to kill us because they hate our way of life.

The Texas Senate has endorsed allowing paramedics and other first-responders, including volunteer firefighters, to carry concealed handguns.
President Trump kicked off his international diplomacy efforts over the weekend with a trip to Saudi Arabia that began the first global reset of American diplomatic efforts we’ve had this century.
At least 19 people were killed and about 50 others were injured in what British Prime Minister Theresa May called "an appalling suicide attack" after an Ariana Grande concert Monday night at Manchester Arena in England,...
Late last week, the NHS (Healthcare System) in the UK was kidnapped by a ransomware attack that locked down computers and shut off healthcare to scores of people across the UK. The culprit — Wannacry — a ransomware attack...
Following one of the largest global cyberattacks in history, U.S. Representatives Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i),  Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), and I introduced the Protecting...
The dastardly criminals who intentionally target those who serve the thin blue line must not be allowed to walk free. The Back the Blue Act increases the punishment for those who seek to harm our peace officers. Today,...
I have always considered public service to be a great privilege. How I can best serve my fellow Texans and my country has, and will continue to be, my guiding principle.
Over the past three years, the number of losses that ISIS has experienced at the hands of U.S.-supported SDF (Syrian Allied), YPG/YPK (Kurdish), Iraqi forces and Turkish military, combined with losses to Syrian government...
On Wednesday, I appeared on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom to discuss former FBI Director James Comey and the ongoing bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation on Russia. Excerpts of my appearance are...
The last few months have seen increased provocation from Kim Jong Un and the North Korean government, as they continue to develop nuclear weapons and threaten the rest of the world. That's why the House voted overwhelmingly...
I'm happy to announce that soon I'll be introducing legislation that reauthorizes several critical provisions to help fight human trafficking and bring us one step closer to ridding our country of this heinous crime.
On this legislation, I think it is important that individuals understand probation officers. I worked at the courthouse in Houston, Texas, as a prosecutor and then as a criminal court judge for 22 years.
This week is National Police Week. It is an opportunity for us to recognize and express our appreciation for the law enforcement officers and first responders that put their lives on the line every day.
Witnesses described their horror at seeing a car race through the area, which was thronged with tourists, workers and otherpassers-by on a sultry afternoon. Annie Donahey, 24, had just left work on Seventh Avenue between...
That way those who have voluntarily put themselves in harm's way to keep the peace and promote American interests abroad and defend our homeland can continue the record of public service at home.
This week in Washington, D.C., I met with the family of fallen Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega Jr. and other Border Patrol agents. I then spoke on the Senator floor about the meeting and National Police Week.
Reports from Washington indicate that Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) is on the short list to take over the position of FBI director following the firing of James Comey.
May is Military Appreciation Month - a time to honor those who have bravely sacrificed to serve our country and those who are currently defending our nation both at home and abroad.
President Trump on Wednesday defended his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, saying he "wasn't doing a good job." Trump's comments were in response to reporters asking him at the White House why he fired Comey on...
Some 80,000 people are trapped in a scrub land of hopelessness in a forgotten corner of the Middle East. Huddling in the wind, walled in by desert sandbanks, they have been driven there by war. Abandoned by governments, they...

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