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.

Two U.S. service members were killed during an operation in Afghanistan on Friday, according to U.S. and NATO forces.
This hearing will examine the recent crashes, possible contributing factors, and ultimately, how we can ensure America's aviation industry remains the safest in the world.
The fire at Intercontinental Terminals Company’s Deer Park petrochemical facilityhas been extinguished as of early Wednesday morning, according to a press release from the company.
Internet of Things devices will improve and enhance nearly every aspect of our society, economy and our day-to-day lives. This is groundbreaking work and IoT devices must be built with security in mind, not as an...
Following World War II, the collapse of former colonial empires across the Middle East and Africa, rapidly led to the development of anti-colonial movements.These anti-colonial movements developed into a number of...
I recently introduced the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Amendment Act of 2019 (H.R. 1392) with fellow border Reps. Xochitl Torres Small (NM-02) and Henry Cuellar (TX-28).
U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wisc.) and I recently introduced companion bills establishing that it shall be the policy of the United States to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights....
Marc Angelucci, an attorney for the men who brought the lawsuit, told USA Today the ruling may be “symbolic,” however, “either they need to get rid of the draft registration, or they need to require women to do the same...
From the shores of Tripoli, to the beaches of Normandy, to the mountains of Afghanistan, the brave men and women of our Armed Forces have made countless sacrifices to ensure our freedom.
Amid news reports that Hezbollah and other hostile actors are exploiting political uncertainty in Venezuela, U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and I are raising concerns that adversaries, including known and suspected...
Tomorrow will be the one year anniversary of President Trump signing the Fix NICS Act, led in the House by U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) and former U.S. Rep. John Culberson (R-TX), into law:
What is happening at our border is a significant problem – 400,000 people attempted to come into our country illegally last year and over $67 billion worth of illegal drugs flowed into our communities. It’s 2019 and we still...
Dark smoke from the fire continues to billow over the plant and can be seen for miles. Emergency officials said early Monday that no air quality readings from the fire "have exceeded action levels." 
Several agencies, including the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, have yet to comply in full with the Fix NICS reporting requirements.
gun control
In an earlier article I wrote regarding this subject (2019 and America’s Gun Control — January 1, 2019), I indicated that this would be the year of massive gun control legislation.  Well, here we are, less than 60 da
We have to do more. I support more mental health resources, more research into what drives mass shootings, more local law enforcement training and more to stop black-market firearms sales and ‘straw purchasers’.   
During my time in Congress, I have worked tirelessly to secure our porous southern border and close the legal loopholes of our broken immigration system. As a Texan and former Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, I...
Huawei has recently become the world’s largest maker of inverters - the sophisticated control systems that have allowed the rapid expansion of residential and utility scale energy production.  Both large-scale photovoltaic...
Human trafficking is the barbaric practice of profiting in people, a form of slavery we assumed had been assigned to the ash heap of history. Sadly, today nearly 25 million people around the world are victims of trafficking...
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo says his department will stop serving “no knock” search warrants, weeks after a raid on a house left two married suspects dead and five officers injured. Acevedo also reiterated that the...

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