Congressman Michael McCaul

Representing the 10th District of Texas
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Dec 17, 2014 Press Release
AUSTIN, TX – Today following President Obama’s announcement of changes to U.S. policy toward Cuba, Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, made the following statement:
Dec 10, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX) introduced the Christmas Tree Tax Exclusion Act, which would exclude “choose and cut” Christmas tree producers, like the Elgin CHRISTmas Tree Farm in Texas’ 10th congressional district, from a new Obama Administration tax on Christmas trees.
Dec 8, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX) introduced H.R. 5805, the Andrea Sloan Compassionate Use Reform and Enhancement (CURE) Act, which would make important reforms to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) expanded access ("compassionate use") program, by ensuring seriously ill patients have the right to know the compassionate use policies of pharmaceutical companies. The bill is named after Andrea Sloan, an Austin resident who died on New Year's Day after being denied access to a potentially lifesaving drugs to treat her seven-year battle with ovarian cancer.
Dec 4, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Following House passage of the language included in the FY15 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that awards Purple Hearts to the victims of the 2009 Ft. Hood terrorist attack, Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX) released the following statement.
Nov 20, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on President Obama’s proposed executive actions on immigration:

Homeland Security

As Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee my top priorities are to address the al Qaeda-Hezbollah terrorist threat, border security, cyber security and fixing the Department of Homeland Security to ensure it is capable of carrying out its core mission of protecting the homeland.  In addition, I am working to make the nation’s airport security system smarter and more efficient.

Being a Texan, border security is of the utmost importance to me.  In November 2012, I authored the second edition of his report “A Line in the Sand: Confronting Crime, Violence and Terror at the Southwest Border”, which revealed the increased presence of Iran and Hezbollah in Latin America and their relationships with drug cartels that control smuggling routes into the United States.

I have also helped secure three Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Texas to provide law enforcement with better border surveillance and have worked towards identifying existing Department of Defense technologies that have proven successful in Iraq and Afghanistan, for use along the Southwest border without duplicating research and development, ultimately saving taxpayers money and making the equipment operational more quickly.

Cyber Security is also a very pressing matter in today's world.  I served co-chair of the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th President, which presented cyber security recommendations to President Obama’s administration upon taking office in 2009.  In 2012 I authored the Cyber Security Enhancement Act, which passed the House, and would help harden federal networks, improve coordination inside and outside of government, improve research and development as well as the quality of our cyber workforce.  With a high concentration of high tech companies in the 10th Congressional district, I maintain a closerelationship with the high tech community from Austin to Washington to Silicon Valley and have worked to include industry in shaping cyber security policy in order to promote information sharing and protect critical infrastructure.


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