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.

There are a lot of members of Congress, including me, that do not agree with the President’s politics and think his Syria plan is too little too late, but in a time of war we must support our Commander-in-Chief, it’s what we...
Initial U.S. airstrikes have been conducted with coalition partners in Syria against the Islamic State and groups with ties to Al Qaeda.Our first thought should be the safety and success of all our men and women in uniform...
It is a sad reality that President Obama refuses to come to Congress with a clear strategy to destroy ISIS and protect our U.S. security interests. It is my hope that Republicans can convince him to propose a clear plan,...
The global threat of the terrorist group ISIL is real. And it’ll only increase if we allow ISIL to keep building support, resources, and arms. Based on the briefings I’ve received on the subject, I don’t see any current...
As I paused to remember the fallen heroes of September 11, I am reminded that just 3 days later I began drafting one of my first essays. The Sound of Security has not been seen except by a few people before today...
Thirteen years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, our nation’s thoughts and prayers remain with the families of the fallen and the lives that were forever changed. That morning, we witnessed firsthand the...
Many Texans have already heard of Texan Ret. Staff Sgt. S​hilo Harris. He is an incredible human being, and I believe Shilo Harris is more than a true American hero: he is a leader. Staff Sergeant Shilo Harris’ Humvee hit an...
I am closely monitoring the situation with ISIS and am deeply concerned by the atrocities this group has committed. Their horrific actions are unconscionable and we must stand strong as a nation in the face of their thuggery...
RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas — Members of the Texas National Guard (TNG) have begun patrolling the Rio Grande Sector of the Texas-Mexico border. Guardsmen have been seen in patrol areas from McAllen to Rio Grande City. Under the...
Pres. Obama: 'We Don't Have a Strategy Yet' to Fight ISIShttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mcnm5U5KQkObama gave his now infamous Cairo speech on June 4, 2009, and I wrote my thoughts on his ‘New Beginning’ speech on June 9....
The rapid deterioration of several nations in the Middle East and North Africa has taken many Americans and our leaders by surprise. Iraq, Syria and Libya have all seen terrorist groups spread their influence and grow in...
I find it interesting that so many of our legislators today support the idea of arming and training Syrian Rebels -  many of whom are the same people who support more gun control laws here at home.Arming and training foreign...
This week I voted in favor of a continuing resolution measure that would fund government operations. It also contained an amendment authored by House Armed Services Committee Chairman “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.) to authorize...
As we remember the tragic occurrences of 9/11 we must also recognize that we still live with the very real threat of continued acts of terrorism. Two American journalists have been savagely executed and the Middle East...
President Obama’s much anticipated executive actions to reform immigration have been delayed, again. The president explained this by saying, “The truth of the matter is that the politics did shift midsummer because of that...
Today we mark the thirteenth anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on the U.S. in American history. America will never forget the thousands who lost their lives and loved ones on that day in 2001. I will never forget...
We’ve been hearing a lot about American Jihadists, and I contend that Obama is creating them. But THIS CLOSE!I recently asked the question of whether people believe ISIS is coming, or if ISIS is already here. Concensus was...
Today I announced my intent to file the Expatriate Terrorist Act (E.T.A.) of 2014 as soon as the Senate is called back into session on Monday, September 8th.Americans who choose to go to Syria or Iraq to fight with vicious...
The threat posed by ISIL should transcend partisan politics; with each passing day this terrorist group grows more capable and the danger to the U.S., our allies, and our interests becomes more serious.The President,...
If NATO reports prove accurate that Putin has in fact sent over 1,000 troops into Ukraine to support and fight alongside Russian-backed separatists, this is an act of war against the sovereign state of Ukraine.This alleged...

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