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McCaul Leads Texas Delegation Letter Urging President Obama to Agree to Governor Abbott’s Disaster Declaration RequestToday, following Governor Abbott’s request for President Obama to declare a federal disaster for the areas of Texas affected by the recent severe weather, Congressman Michael McCaul authored a letter, and was joined by the entire Texas Congressional delegation, urging the President to “give expeditious consideration to, and approval of” Governor Abbott’s request:
As most of my district and much of Central and Eastern Texas deals with flooding and disaster damage, please know that help is available. If you are in need of somewhere to go, there are Red Cross shelters currently open. Click the headline above to find a shelter near you.
“It’s this encryption idea, the idea that they can communicate in ‘dark space’ like they did in Paris—like what I think probably happened here in the Brussels case—that concerns us the most. If you can’t see their communications, you can't stop it.” - Congressman McCaul
Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.
My most important job as a Congressman is reaching out to you, my constituents, and providing help when I can. I take this job very seriously, and my entire office works towards ensuring your voices, opinions, and requests are heard and answered as quickly as possible. Please find a quick 2015 year in review graphic exhibiting how active and in touch with my office you all are as well as the data on bills I have introduced or sponsored, and votes I have taken.
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.