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.
August 2nd, 2022
Reps. Nehls and Panetta Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Law Enforcement Officers from Dangerous, Chinese-Made Body Armor
Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20) and I introduced The Body Armor Safety Act of 2022. This bipartisan legislation will help protect the nation’s law enforcement officers and first responders by ensuring that no...
July 27th, 2022
I introduced legislation to enhance school safety and prevent school-based violence. My bill is the Senate companion to legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas). The Cruz-Weber legislation would allow...
July 21st, 2022
As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), I issued the following statement after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed an amendment he authored requiring the State Department to produce a detailed...
July 18th, 2022
Last week, I discovered a ludicrous new policy that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has implemented to protect potential terrorists in our country illegally.
July 15th, 2022
I applaud the passage of this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in the U.S. House of Representatives. This package includes four amendments authored by me. TX-23 is home to critical military installations...
July 5th, 2022
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.
June 30th, 2022
I offered three amendments on Friday during the House Homeland Security Appropriations Full Committee Markup.
June 24th, 2022
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...
June 20th, 2022
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...
June 15th, 2022
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.
July 28th, 2022
The flow of illegal immigrants across the southern border has markedly risen over the last several years. In FY2021, Border Patrol had 1,662,167 encounters with illegal immigrants and other border crossers. So far in FY2022...
July 26th, 2022
Recently, I discovered a new policy that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was using to protect details about terrorist attacks planned by non-citizens from being revealed.
July 20th, 2022
I voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2023.
July 15th, 2022
I released the following statement after voting for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2023:
July 15th, 2022
This week, I sent a letter to President Biden urging him to reconsider his unprecedented trip to East Jerusalem. The President embarks today on a visit to East Jerusalem, a destination no U.S. President has travelled to and...
July 1st, 2022
Appropriations Bill Includes Congressman Gonzales’ $5.48M Request for a Law Enforcement Communications Upgrade Along Texas Border
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.
June 29th, 2022
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...
June 21st, 2022
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.
June 16th, 2022
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.
June 13th, 2022
The U.S. is facing nationwide blackouts this summer due to cyberattacks from rogue actors like Russia combined with reserve capacity shortages.