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"Securing our borders is first and foremost a national security issue. We must identify the threats and be able to respond quickly, but we can't do either without seeing the entire border. My proposal matches resources and capabilities to needs on the southern border to allow Border Patrol agents to finally gain complete visibility. This is the first step to providing Americans the secure border they demand and deserve."
Congressman McCaul has released his Border Security Blueprint. The proposal maps out sector-by-sector recommendations on resource allocation and capability improvements to achieve full situational awareness of the border. In addition to gaining situational awareness, the proposal also calls for developing outcome-based means to measure border security, bolstering interior enforcement, increasing coordination between federal, state and local efforts, creating a new command and control structure, and engaging our international partners. To view the asset allocation and learn more, click the picture of the map.
McCaul Statement on Airstrikes Against ISIS in Syria"When in times of war and of peace it is important that we come together as a nation. To defeat ISIS, we must cut off the head of the snake, which exists in Syria. I support the administration’s move to conduct airstrikes against ISIS wherever it exists. ISIS is not just a threat to the United States - it is a threat to all nations that value human life and decency. We must continue to lead the coalition and utilize all tools available to combat this threat until ISIS is destroyed."
Fifth Annual Childhood Cancer SummitAs founder and co-chair of the Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus, I am pleased that our 5th Annual Childhood Cancer Summit last week was our most impressive yet, bringing together all sides of the effort to develop new pediatric cancer treatments and make experimental life-saving treatments available to terminally ill patients. You can watch NBC Austin's coverage of the event here.
McCaul Discusses ISIS on CBS News Face the NationOn Sunday September 14, Congressman McCaul appeared on "Face the Nation" to discuss the ISIS threat.
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.