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.

Houston City Council members voted Wednesday to adopt new building regulations for homes in floodplains.
On March 30th, Adolfo Flores reported that a caravan of at least 1200 Central Americans were walking north through Mexico in search of better living and working conditions.
Following my visit to First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, I praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Excerpts of my remarks are below. I also want to recognize the FBI. Those of you who are here today...
Last week, the President signed an important piece of legislation into law – the Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus Appropriations bill.
This morning, while the $1.3 trillion federal omnibus budget bill was waiting to be approved by the President, Donald Trump tweeted, “I am considering a VETO of the Omnibus Spending Bill based on the fact that the 800,...
A suspect in the series of bombings that have terrorized the city of Austin, Tex., died early Wednesday, blowing himself up in his vehicle as officers closed in on him, the authorities said.
Tim Cameron, St. Mary’s County Sheriff, said the incident occurred in a hallway at Great Mills High School slightly before 8 A.M. ET when classes would have begun. According to Cameron, the shooter used a handgun to shoot...
The latest explosion injured two men in their 20s who were riding or walking their bicycles through a neighborhood in southwestern Austin
Yesterday on the Senate floor, I pressed for the passage of his Fix NICS Act, a consensus bill with bipartisan support that will strengthen the criminal background check system. Excerpts of my remarks are below, and...
Last week, over 18,000 people attended the 2018 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. I have always worked very closely with AIPAC, because I share their passion and...
I released the following statement regarding a potential deployment of the U.S. Military to the U.S- Mexico border.
Officials are trying to find a new way to warn the region of incoming floods described as a “reverse 9-1-1.”
U.S. Senators James Inhofe (R-OK) and I sent a letter to President Trump urging the Administration to honor our commitments under the Taiwan Relations Act and support the procurement of the F-35 fighter to aid in...
Recently, the Federal Communications Commission proposed a rule prohibiting certain telecom carriers from buying products from Huawei, a company with close ties to the Chinese government.
Today I released the following statement after the Senate passed the Fix NICS Act as a part of the government funding bill. Fix NICS will strengthen the criminal background check system to ensure convicted felons and...
I issued a statement yesterday regarding the fourth bombing in Austin, and urged residents to heed the warnings of local officials:
Recently, a bipartisan group of House members introduced legislation to promote more effective development in fragile and unstable countries, addressing the conditions that create safe havens for terrorists, criminal...
I released the following statement applauding the passage of a critical measure to protect American students and campuses across the country:
During the fanfare of last month’s Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, the world watched with enthusiasm as athletes from the two Koreas marched together in a rare display of unity. The occasion was undoubtedly a welcome...
Yesterday on the Senate floor, I highlighted the importance of modernizing and strengthening the review process of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States to protect national security interests.  Excerpts of...

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