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.

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.
Recently, the IRS Criminal Investigation Unit has seen an uptick in scam cases related to COVID-19 and Economic Impact Payments (EIP). 
I applaud the Trump administration for taking this final step to terminate the catastrophic Obama-Biden Iran nuclear deal. Iran’s tyrannical and evil regime continues to finance and export terror, endangering the lives of...
Whoever wins the Nov. 3 election will face a rapidly changing national security landscape unlike any we have seen before.
By determining gaps in our border technology, we will be able to detect where improvements must be made to strengthen our border security and national security. I am pleased to join my colleagues in introducing this...
With this enhanced capability, our nation will be better equipped to not only thwart cowardice acts of terror but also save lives. By solidifying a stronger partnership between social media companies and law enforcement, we...
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller warned Texans to “exercise extreme caution” if they receive unsolicited seed packets from China. The “mystery seed packets” showed up recently in mailboxes in at least 31 states in...
This week I gave opening remarks for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies virtual event on ‘The Future of Iran.’ During my remarks, I called for collapsing the Iranian regime, following the example of U.S. policy toward...
suspected hijackers
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.
With political conventions wrapping up, it’s important for American voters to understand our national security is at stake. The presidential candidate who wins the November 3rd election must recognize and respond to a...
Austin City Hall
It seems clear, the people's republic of Austin, led by an all leftist City Council, voted to drastically cut police funding by more than 1/3 of the budget, $150 million.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott proposed legislation for the next session to freeze the property tax rates of any city that moves to “defund police.” The move would prevent municipalities like Austin from raising its property tax...
Texas Governor Greg Abbott slammed the Austin City Council for its decision to strip $150 million from the capital city’s police department.
For over 60 nights, violent anarchists have attacked federally-owned buildings and federal law enforcement officers in Portland, Oregon.  These are not peaceful protesters.  These are violent anarchists who have attacked...
A company owned by a member of the Chinese Communist Party — Guanghui Energy Company — may gain access to our power grid through a large wind farm in the Devil’s River Areas of West Texas, and the federal government is not...
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized a load of 614 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a load of green onions from Mexico. Officials estimated the drug shipment to be worth approximately $1.4 million.
Yesterday on the floor, I discussed my amendment to restore semiconductor manufacturing back to American soil, which passed this afternoon as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. Excerpts of my remarks...

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