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.

A sergeant in the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in Houston was treated for exposure to fentanyl after he touched a flyer left on the windshield of his car.
U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and I sent a letter to Mark Esper, Secretary of the Army, making the case for Austin to be chosen as the site of the new Army Futures Command Headquarters (ARFCOMHQ).
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the Houston area until 7 o’clock this evening.
U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and I released the following statements after President Trump signed our Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act of 2018 into law. This legislation authorizes a...
U.S. Air Force officials arrested a man wanted for desertion since 1983 in California last week. The captain disappeared without a trace, leaving both family members and the Air Force in the dark.
Today on the floor, I urged Senate colleagues to support the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes the my legislation to help juvenile victims of sexual assault have greater access to justice.
May 29th marked the 3-year anniversary of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA). This legislation officially declared that modern-day slavery will not be tolerated in our country. 
Recently on the floor, I discussed the potential national security threat China poses to our country through foreign investment. Excerpts of my remarks are below, and video can be found here. 
Being prepared is the best defense against any disaster. As we enter another hurricane season, it’s important to have a fully stocked disaster supply kit, have an emergency plan for your family, and have a list of local...
Free speech.  Do you have a right to speak your mind freely at work?  If you think that you do, you could be mistaken.  Well, hang on.  You're free to say what you want, you just aren't free from the consequences your speech...
The world today is in a new era of great power rivalry. Resurgent Russia and China are challenging U.S. interests across the globe.
The United States made the critical difference in the war to end all wars, World War I. The American doughboys turned the tide to victory in favor of the Allies in 1918, but victory was costly. 
Ending the nuclear threat in North Korea is within our reach. The maximum-pressure campaign has demonstrated some clear successes in pushing North Korea to the negotiating table and pausing its nuclear and missile tests.  ...
Today we honor the United States Army, the oldest of the five military branches, on the 243rd anniversary of its founding.
Recently, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and I penned a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding the status of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) office in the United States...
The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security (DOJ/DHS) will be publishing a quarterly report on immigrant incarceration in federal prisons because of an 
I released the following statement applauding the passage of a critical measure to fight our nation’s most notorious street gangs:
The Department of Labor issued a report last week that the unemployment rate dropped to 3.8 percent, the lowest it’s been in 18 years. With almost one million jobs created since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law...
Yesterday on the floor, I urged my colleagues to pass the FY2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to fund our troops and support our nation’s military when the Senate considers it. Excerpts of my remarks...
We must remember that Pakistan continues to be an unreliable partner in the fight against terrorism. For nearly two decades, we have hoped that Pakistan would clear the terrorist safe havens along the Afghanistan border and...

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