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.

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.
China flag
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...
august pfluger gun law
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. 
police lights
After reports of police detaining an armed man near Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home who threatened to kill the Justice, I released the following statement calling on the House of Representatives to pass my ...
US border
The Biden Administration recently announced plans to begin limited construction of barriers and gates along the U.S.-Mexico Border. The plans call for projects that include new and replacement components to come from Trump-...
NASIC
This week House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and I toured the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) and received a national security briefing at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC).
robb elementary
Thursday, I discussed my trip to Uvalde, Texas on the House floor after the horrific shooting at Robb Elementary School which took the lives of 19 students and two teachers. Excerpts of my remarks are below, and video can be...
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.
power grid
The U.S. is facing nationwide blackouts this summer due to cyberattacks from rogue actors like Russia combined with reserve capacity shortages. 
gun control
This week I made the following statement after voting against the rushed and ineffective gun legislation set forth by Democrats.
cornyn
Monday on the floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed the tragic shooting in Uvalde, Texas and the bipartisan negotiations on potential mental health and school safety legislation. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks...
rep nehls press conf
Last week, I held a press conference with Texas law enforcement officials where I called on Congress and the White House to support my bill, H.R.
border patrol
The Border Patrol agent who helped organize the tactical response that stopped the Robb Elementary School shooter on Tuesday sustained a bullet wound to his head. The agent’s grazed scalp required four stitches.
Taiwan
 Japan scrambled jets after Russian and Chinese warplanes neared its airspace during a visit by U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday, with Tokyo conveying "grave concerns" about what it saw as a provocative move timed to...

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