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.

The internet is a vast, unlit wasteland where predators, terrorists, uber criminals, thieves, con-artists, pedophiles, sexual predators, character assassins-for-hire, and foreign government agents lurk undetected, unchecked...
North Korea continues to be one of the great menaces of our time. Its relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them onto American shores, threatens the lives of millions and needlessly risks a major war...
It is important that Americans know who the Chinese are, what they are up to, and what their plans are in the future. We will start with North Korea No question about it: China could rein in North Korea and little Kim if...
I authored the following Op-Ed on CNN.com highlighting the critical need to pass the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act when the Senate votes later today:
I released the following statement in response to the Administration’s announcement on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA):
Wednesday, I released the following statement regarding the USA Rights Act, which was offered as an amendment to S. 139 – the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017.
On Inauguration Day 2017, the Obama administration left President Trump a severely weakened and constrained military. For the better part of a decade, President Obama allowed his administration’s sequestration to destroy the...
Last week I introduced S. Res. 367, a bipartisan resolution condemning the government of Iran for its violence against demonstrators and calling for peaceful resolution to the concerns of the citizens of Iran. Sens.
Wednesday I appeared on KTSA’s Jack Riccardi Show, where I discussed the major, historic tax reform legislation President Trump recently signed into law, the growing threat of a nuclear North Korea, and the recent protests...
I issued the following statement in support of the peaceful protestors speaking out against the Iranian regime:
Yesterday at a press conference, I discussed the remaining priorities in need of full funding after the government shutdown, including the Defense Department and disaster relief. Excerpts of my remarks are below, and video...
Last Friday, the current Continuing Resolution to fund the government expired, resulting in a government shutdown.
Despite what the pundits and many naysayers in the media and Congress said, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is doing exactly what we promised. 
I penned an op-ed for The Washington Post urging the administration to enforce economic sanctions on both North Korean and third-party entities.
I released the following statement in support of a measure to reauthorize the FISA program for six years: 
During the Annual Meeting of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) in Quebec City this year, an early morning insurance sponsored committee presentation on cyber security provided a very sobering view of...
The rival Koreas took steps toward reducing their bitter animosity during rare talks Tuesday, as North Korea agreed to send a delegation to next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, hold talks on reducing tension along...
Cracks are forming in the iron grip of the Iranian regime. The latest wave of protests sweeping Iran demonstrates yet again that dictatorial regimes are inherently doomed because they lack the enduring consent of the people...
The term “the quiet before the storm” comes to mind when thinking about Islamic terrorism.  Although the FBI has foiled numerous plots to kill Americans, catching most of them just isn’t good enough.  And...
It reads like a page out of George Orwell’s ‘‘1984:’’ spies, secret courts, and searches of Americans without a warrant. It is clear: Big Brother is watching us. 

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