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.

An FBI agent testified that text messages and photos found on an alleged assailant’s cell phone detailed the steps reportedly taken on the night an Austin district court judge was shot. The messages also allegedly show the...
Helping Houstonians rebuild after Hurricane Harvey remains my top priority. Since Harvey hit Texas, I have been working relentlessly to ensure that everyone affected by the terrible storm has the financial help they need to...
Recently on the Senate floor, I highlighted the critical work done by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), particularly in Austin, TX following the recent package bombings, and the importance of standing behind the...
On Tuesday April 10th, Representative Jeff Denham (R-CA) revealed that he has secured support from enough Republican representatives to pass a resolution that will force a vote on four different immigration bills in the...
I released the following statement regarding the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation announcement regarding the seizure of Backpage.com.
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,...
The Russians lied.In 2013, the Russian bear entered into a sweeping agreement with the United States. The deal, Syria’s arsenal of chemical weapons would be removed by the middle of 2014.Russia would guarantee this agreement...
Backpage.com pleaded guilty to Texas human trafficking charges in a state district court on Thursday. The company’s CEO also pleaded guilty to money laundering.
I released the following statement after President Trump signed the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) into law.
Yesterday I questioned General Darren W. McDew on military vulnerabilities with U.S. Transportation Command [TRANSCOM], including cyber threats to commercial and space assets. I also discussed various training exercises...
Border Patrol agents welcomed the news of President Donald Trump’s order activating the National Guard to assist with securing the southwest border with Mexico. Agents said the move will put more agents on the front line 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...

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