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.

Co-written with Emma Ashford
President Trump’s new National Security Strategy puts the safety of Americans first. Unlike the previous Administration, President Trump articulated a clear and convincing plan for America’s national security and foreign...
Ranking Member Seth Moulton (MA-6) of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and I sent a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis expressing concern about the Department of Defense’s (DoD...
ISIS has been routed from Iraq and Syria with an ease and speed that's surprised even the men and women who carried out the mission. Experts say it's a prime example of a campaign promise kept. 
When teenagers select universities to attend, they assume that their school will protect and take care of them if something horrible occurs. Hannah was no different when she decided to attend Howard University in 2006.
Recently, Representatives Bill Keating (D-MA) and I introduced H.R. 4549, the bipartisan “Saudi Educational Transparency and Reform Act,” requiring the State Department to provide a report to Congress reviewing educational...
U.S. Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and I yesterday issued the following statement regarding the Government of Venezuela’s detainment of six CITGO executives from Texas:
Last week, the House and Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act, which contains several wins for the 27th Congressional District of Texas. Two of the biggest are:
Last week on the Senate floor, I announced plans to introduce legislation that would incentivize federal agencies, including the military, to expeditiously and efficiently upload the already-required criminal conviction...
U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and I recently announced our bipartisan push to amend and improve the USA Liberty Act, to ensure that the bill adequately reforms a sweeping, secretive government spying program:
Federal, state, and local law enforcement officers combined to take 215 gang members and affiliates off the streets of San Antonio, Texas. The busts came during a three-month joint law enforcement task force operation that...
Co-Chairs Niki Tsongas (MA-3) and I of the Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus held a briefing recently on the Department of Defense’s (DoD) reporting of sexual assault convictions. Afterwards, we released the...
Yesterday morning a terrorist strapped a pipe bomb to his chest with the intent to cause chaos, death, and mayhem in a busy New York underground subway tunnel. Reports suggest that the attack was ISIS-inspired but ultimately...
I released the following statement applauding the passage of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act:
During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, I discussed my legislation, the Fix NICS Act, which would strengthen the existing National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) by ensuring critical conviction records...
Sgt. Rafaella Ramirez, a decorated veteran, is facing the prospect of no one to raise her three American daughters as she prepares to serve her country.
Federal officers stopped a multinational human smuggling run off the Atlantic coast of Florida on Saturday. The smugglers were reportedly attempting to land 24 illegal aliens from six countries near West Palm Beach.
“For years agencies and states haven’t complied with the law, failing to upload these critical records without consequence,” Sen. Cornyn said.
The selfless service of America’s Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and their families has secured the blessings of liberty for generations and made our nation a beacon of hope around the world.
I recently issued the following statement in response to the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri:

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