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.

I released the below statement following Monday's airstrike killing Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri:Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was an enemy of the United States, a danger to our national security and allies, and an...
The flow of illegal immigrants across the southern border has markedly risen over the last several years. In FY2021, Border Patrol had 1,662,167 encounters with illegal immigrants and other border crossers. So far in FY2022...
DHS
Recently, I discovered a new policy that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was using to protect details about terrorist attacks planned by non-citizens from being revealed.
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I voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2023.
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I released the following statement after voting for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2023:
jerusalem
This week, I sent a letter to President Biden urging him to reconsider his unprecedented trip to East Jerusalem. The President embarks today on a visit to East Jerusalem, a destination no U.S. President has travelled to and...
border patrol
I successfully included $5,484,000 for a multi-county radio infrastructure upgrade in the first draft of the FY23 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill.
human trafficking
I released the following statement after at least 48 people died in an abandoned tractor trailer in San Antonio, TX, and an additional two people died later at the hospital. An additional 14 people remain at a local hospital...
military draft
On Thursday, I urged the House Armed Services Committee to oppose requiring America’s daughters, mothers, sisters, and wives to register for the draft in the upcoming National Defense Authorization Act.
red flag
This week on the floor, I discussed the recently announced agreement guiding potential school safety and mental health legislation, which would not include a national ‘red flag’ law. Excerpts of Sen.
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Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20) and I introduced The Body Armor Safety Act of 2022. This bipartisan legislation will help protect the nation’s law enforcement officers and first responders by ensuring that no...
lockers at a school
I introduced legislation to enhance school safety and prevent school-based violence. My bill is the Senate companion to legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas). The Cruz-Weber legislation would allow...
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As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), I issued the following statement after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed an amendment he authored requiring the State Department to produce a detailed...
DHS
Last week, I discovered a ludicrous new policy that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has implemented to protect potential terrorists in our country illegally.
military
I applaud the passage of this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in the U.S. House of Representatives. This package includes four amendments authored by me. TX-23 is home to critical military installations...
veterans affairs
Last week, I urged the Committee on Veterans Affairs to amend H.R. 3967, the PACT Act, to offset its cost and ensure it does not create severe backlogs in VA treatment. 
border security
I offered three amendments on Friday during the House Homeland Security Appropriations Full Committee Markup.
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On Thursday, I was joined by Reps. Nancy Mace (R-SC), Ken Buck (R-CO), Lisa McClain (R-MI), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), and Daniel Webster (R-FL), to send a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken requesting he utilize...
homeland opening
As an F-22 pilot in the U.S. Air Force and someone who served abroad in many different theaters, I spent my entire professional career looking at threats that were facing the United States—specifically focused on foreign...
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Last week, I voted against two unconstitutional gun restriction bills. As a Texan, a father of three young girls who go to school, and a defender of Constitutional rights, this issue hits close to home. 

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