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.

In the letter, we call for inclusion of the U.S. Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act, facilitation of cooperative research and manufacturing to combat COVID-19, and the establishment of a United-States-Israel...
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Cybersecurity affects our everyday lives – including everything from virtual learning and working from home to managing election security.
The document contains 104 reform proposals, including changes to the Independent Police Oversight Board and additional mental health crisis training.
AI
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to transform the way we work, learn, live and defend the nation, but our leadership in this technology remains uncertain.
AI-intelligence
The United States is the global leader in artificial intelligence. We have an innovative private sector, world class universities and remain the top destination for international AI talent. However, American leadership is no...
America leads the world in innovation, but to keep up we must embrace AI in the government, private sector and education. This means preparing America’s workforce, countering our adversaries’ commitment to AI, investing in R...
Back the Blue Pledge
In August, Austin City Council voted to defund their police department by $21 million and “shift” $129 million in police spending to other city departments.
Abbott has called on all Texas candidates in the November election to sign it to show they are “backing the blue.” Other state leaders will join him Thursday at the Austin Police Association.
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On this infamous date September 11, 2001, Americans were preparing to go to work, and unbeknown to them, terrorists were preparing to kill as many of those Americans as they could and to die along with the planes and...
Gov. Greg Abbott is considering a legislative proposal that, if passed, would put the control of the Austin Police Department under state authority.
From an operational perspective, the addition of such a uniquely capable and stalwart partner, like Australia, to this naval exercise is invaluable, providing increased interoperability, strengthening threat assessment...
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A former Democrat congressional candidate claimed on Twitter to have participated in the toppling of two statues in Portland, Oregon, Sunday night.
Mayor Sylvester Turner on Monday signed an executive order to implement a new cite-and-release program for the Houston Police Department, which would allow people accused of some low-level crimes to get off with a ticket...
As member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I issued the following statement after the Trump administration issued new sanctions on Iran and amid reports that the United States is issuing an executive order locking...
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The report in the Houston Chronicle of September 4, 2020 is inaccurate based on the oversight team (that taxpayers are paying for) who have ignored the problems. The monitors have ignored information provided by...
9th court of appeals
On September 14th, the Federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the DHS under President Trump acted within its authority in terminating Temporary Protected Status for Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, and...
As our nation continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and political unrest, we still have a broader global threat to be concerned about: The Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Dallas Chief of Police U. Reneé Hall submitted her resignation Tuesday as attacks on police officers and civil unrest continue. Her pending departure follows those of other chiefs across the country.
In an op-ed for Real Clear Politics, I outlined four areas in which the Trump administration have made significant strides to advance America's national security interests including strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship...
A group of five Houston City Council members asked Mayor Sylvester Turner to take action on more than two dozen police reform proposals, in a letter sent out Monday morning.

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