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.

As a kid, I found a common game to play (especially for boys) was ‘King of the mountain’.  The idea was that everyone would gather around a mound of dirt and one or two kids would get on top.  The objective of the game was...
I released the following statement today after my bill to honor the fallen U.S. Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega, Jr. for his service by renaming the Border Patrol checkpoint where he was assigned, along U.S.
During the reign of Obama, there were several incidents which indicated his allegiance to Islam, but in 2015 he may have outdone himself.  There is apparently evidence indicating that the FBI was complicit in the Garland,...
As the band played the latest country western song, gunfire erupted from the 32nd floor window across the street. Twenty minutes later, when the shots stopped and the smoke cleared, 59 people were murdered and over 520 were...
First let's be clear, the Harvey historic flood was going to be a problem even if we had gotten everything right, because of the biblical scale we suffered.
Today on the Senate floor, I stressed the importance of the United States remaining proactive with national security measures by reauthorizing Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Excerpts of my remarks...
The country is recovering from natural disasters that are taking place all over our land: on the West Coast and the Northwest, we have the wildfires; over the weekend, we had Hurricane Irma going through Florida, now through...
Today on the Senate floor, I commemorated the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and discussed the importance of passing the National Defense Authorization Act to provide for our nation’s military....
After months of talking with those who live and work along the Texas border and my colleagues in Congress, this past week I introduced border security legislation called the Building America’s Trust Act.
Two and a half days after Hurricane Harvey made landfall and dropped more than 2 feet of rain, thousands of people in Houston and along the Gulf Coast have been displaced. Texas Gov.
Homeland. Family. Patriot. Sacrifice.Those are the words on four panels that now stand side-by-side in Cedar Park, Texas. Notably cut out from the black granite panels is the silhouette of a soldier standing tall in salute,...
The Texas Democratic Party deleted a tweet and apologized for rushing to judgment in their message linking the murder of the Texas Tech University Police officer to the state’s campus carry law. The law allows the holder of...
The House Homeland Security Committee approved a $10 billion funding package for President Donald Trump’s promised border wall construction. The bill could be attached to legislation being debated to replace President Barack...
The FBI now says the shooter who killed 58 people and injured 515 others at a Las Vegas concert had no connection to an international terrorist group. The announcement from Special Agent in Charge Aaron Rouse at a news...
Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, and I visited Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) yesterday. 
Over the course of the past several years, the risk of both personal and corporate data compromises has created an environment where offense is generally the best preventative defense.
The Abolish Human Trafficking Act, bipartisan legislation sponsored by U.S.
Today, on the sixteenth anniversary of one of our nation’s darkest hours, we pause and remember the thousands of innocent lives lost, and the heroism of firefighters, law enforcement officials, first responders, and Good...
A Florida mayor issued mandatory evacuation orders for his beachfront community while calling Irma a “nuclear hurricane.” The Category 5 hurricane is expected to hit Florida on Sunday morning.
Due to continuing rain and flooding in Houston, I regret that roadways are blocked and I will be unable to travel out of the city to join Gov. Abbott, Sen. Cornyn, and other state and local officials down in Corpus Christi...

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