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.

A suspect in the series of bombings that have terrorized the city of Austin, Tex., died early Wednesday, blowing himself up in his vehicle as officers closed in on him, the authorities said.
Tim Cameron, St. Mary’s County Sheriff, said the incident occurred in a hallway at Great Mills High School slightly before 8 A.M. ET when classes would have begun. According to Cameron, the shooter used a handgun to shoot...
The latest explosion injured two men in their 20s who were riding or walking their bicycles through a neighborhood in southwestern Austin
Yesterday on the Senate floor, I pressed for the passage of his Fix NICS Act, a consensus bill with bipartisan support that will strengthen the criminal background check system. Excerpts of my remarks are below, and...
Last week, over 18,000 people attended the 2018 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. I have always worked very closely with AIPAC, because I share their passion and...
Along with 21 bipartisan Senators, I introduced the Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018, a bill to fund school security improvements and invest in early intervention and...
I recently penned the following letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis, urging the Department of Defense to recommend the development and deployment of a space-based missile defense in the 2018 Missile Defense Review (...
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told a reporter that his deputy failing to enter the school while the shooting was in progress was not his responsibility.
We in America face a number of threats worth our time and attention in preventing.  Every day we see more threats in the news we’ve identified previously, and new ones too often that we wouldn’t have anticipated.
I issued the following statement after the President signed Kari’s Law, a bill that amends the Communications Act of 1934 to require multiline telephone systems, common in hotels and offices, to have the...
I issued a statement yesterday regarding the fourth bombing in Austin, and urged residents to heed the warnings of local officials:
Recently, a bipartisan group of House members introduced legislation to promote more effective development in fragile and unstable countries, addressing the conditions that create safe havens for terrorists, criminal...
I released the following statement applauding the passage of a critical measure to protect American students and campuses across the country:
During the fanfare of last month’s Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, the world watched with enthusiasm as athletes from the two Koreas marched together in a rare display of unity. The occasion was undoubtedly a welcome...
Yesterday on the Senate floor, I highlighted the importance of modernizing and strengthening the review process of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States to protect national security interests.  Excerpts of...
Yesterday on the Senate floor, I urged my colleagues to take up my Fix NICS Act, a bill with broad bipartisan support to help prevent gun violence.  Excerpts of my remarks are below, and video of my remarks can be...
On February 14, our nation watched in horror as a deranged and unstable former student of Stoneman Douglas High School killed 17 innocent people. Tragedies like these should never happen especially in schools.
A K-9 officer had to be put down after being injured while chasing a suspect in a stolen vehicle case. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said that K-9 Officer Rony, a 7-year veteran of the Houston Police Department, had...
Venezuela is in deep trouble.  Their people are starving, there are riots in the streets, and people are being killed if they resist the communist movement.  We read articles about them and feel some remorse for the...
I am encouraged by recent news that Saudi Arabia has decided to give up control of Belgium’s largest mosque that has long been suspected of radicalizing European Muslims. Although Saudi Arabia is a U.S ally in the fight...

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