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.

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Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed my Border Tunnel Task Force Act to enhance border security and mobilize efforts to crack-down on border tunnel threats. 
California is in the news almost daily for one reason or another.  Often those reasons are insane examples of bizarre socialist leadership.  As a result, thousands of Californians are moving out of that once great state to...
On Thursday, the House Homeland Security Committee advanced legislation introduced by Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, and myself, as Chairman of the House Committee on...
We are in a new age of warfare. Once was a time when bombs, bullets, ships, planes, tanks, and artillery were all that great powers needed to vanquish or intimate their foes.
As a mother I can’t imagine the pain of a parent when losing a child under any circumstance, but especially under a tragic circumstance. I have family and friends close to me who have gone through such a painful ordeal, but...
A grand jury in Texas returned a felony indictment against a man accused of grabbing a MAGA hat from a teen’s head at a San Antonio Whataburger in July.
In advance of the U.S. Army Futures Command’s activation ceremony in Austin Friday, I discussed the importance of the new command on the Senate floor. Excerpts of my remarks are below, and video can be found here. 
For 56 years, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has been the primary way in which Congress executes its Article 1 constitutional obligation to “provide for the common defense.” In today’s dangerous world we...
Following the President’s signing of the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law, U.S.
You may have already heard or read about the scheduled ‘protest’ in Portland this weekend.  And sure enough, it happened, just as predicted.  Yes, we knew that Antifa was going to be present and accounted for — and they were...
U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and I introduced the Advancing Cybersecurity Diagnostics and Mitigation Act, which would help federal agencies update and improve their cyber posture.
Will we ever really know the death toll of the Obama administration?We know they killed 4 Americans in Benghazi. But their careless handling of classified data undoubtedly killed many others.
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Our supposed Turkish allies are holding Americans hostage. At least two Americans, Andrew Brunson and Serkan Golge, are being held by the Turkish regime on fake charges.
This week, Representative Niki Tsongas (D-MA-3) and I, co-chairs of the Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus, called on the Veterans Benefit Administration (VBA) to address a report from the Veterans Affairs Office of...
It would seem that a good deal of people still don’t know what’s going on in this country.  And it would seem that the three primary reasons for this situation are: ignorance, apathy, and propaganda.  You either don...
Police in Montgomery County, Texas, are searching for an apparently shackled woman. A doorbell camera captured an image of the subject ringing a bell at 3 a.m. on Friday.
Iran is continuing its march across the Middle East. At this moment, it is consolidating its gains in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Bahrain, and Iraq. 
London's Metropolitan Police said Tuesday that a man was under arrest on suspicion of terrorism after driving through a group of pedestrians and then ramming a gate outside the Houses of Parliament in the British capital....
President Trump signed the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) into law as a part of the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act:
With an unsecured border and 11 million unauthorized immigrants living in America today, it’s clear our nation’s immigration system is broken and has failed to do its job for many years. For the sake of our national security...

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