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.

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...
Artist Larry Crawford started Tuesday working on a mural that will be located in Houston’s Westchase District and that will pay homage to the first responders and the volunteers who rescued Houstonians during Hurricane...
Mark Twain is believed to have once said, “whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting.” He may have been on to something. Historically, water has been at the center of much of this world’s conflict and suffering.
I made the following statement after the Senate Banking Committee passed the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA), legislation I introduced to strengthen the review process of the Committee on...
I released the following statement today after the FIRST STEP Act, a prison reform bill aimed at reducing recidivism rates and rehabilitating low-risk offenders, passed the U.S. House of Representatives:
On Wednesday, the Senate passed a bill introduced by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) and me, the Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act of 2018, which would authorize a nationwide law enforcement...
At least eight people have been killed in a Texas high school shooting Friday, FOX 26reported. The suspected shooter was taken into custody and the active shooter situation was said to be over. 
U.S. military equipment and ammunition, sent to Syria as part of a failed Obama administration plan to find and arm moderate forces to defeat ISIS, were instead simply handed over to an Al Qaeda group, according to the man...
A school district in Conroe, Texas, suspended a 12-year-old autistic student for allegedly “brandishing” an “imaginary rifle.” The teacher reportedly claimed to have felt threatened by the child’s gestures, according to the...
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...
Recently, Officer Rogelio Santander of the Dallas, Texas, police department was responding to an ordinary call: a thief at a Home Depot. As Officer Santander and his colleagues attempted to arrest the outlaw, the crook...
It's worth remembering, while you hit the beach and enjoy the fireworks, that the holiday has a much deeper meaning.
Most of us has heard that we should be more like Europe for many years.  For years we’ve heard that their police don’t have guns and that ours shouldn’t either.  Europe has more restrictive guns laws today than any state in...
As Chairman of the Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade Subcommittee, I joined Congressman Bill Keating (D-MA), who is a senior Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Ranking Member on its Terrorism,...
I released the following statement applauding the passage of a message to allow for the federal prosecution of those who knowingly cause or attempt to cause significant harm to any law enforcement officer: 
It has been a spectacular week for our nation’s foreign policy. On Wednesday, President Trump and Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, negotiated the return of Americans Kim Dong Chul, Tony Kim, and Kim Hak Song from North Korea...
Cato published my recent Immigration Research and Policy Brief that relied on Texas state criminal data to compare the conviction rates of native-born Americans, legal immigrants, and illegal immigrants.
The Iran Deal is a deeply flawed agreement. As I have previously said, this deal has an insufficient inspection regime, insufficiently addresses long range ICBM missile development, and is limited to 10 years, giving the...

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