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.
More on Homeland Security
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Expanding on the work the House Homeland Security Committee has done to shut down terrorist pathways into the United States, Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) announced the creation of the Task Force on Denying Terrorists Entry into the United States. The bipartisan panel, comprising five Republican and three Democratic Committee Members, is slated to commence work in March and will provide a final report with its findings later this year.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Transportation and Protective Services Subcommittee Chairman John Katko (R-NY) issued the following statement in the wake of 12 current and former Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and airport employees being indicted for smuggling approximately 20 tons of cocaine through TSA security systems at Puerto Rico’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport between 1998 and 2016.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) issued the following statement on President Trump signing an executive order regarding immigration and border security.
The Honorable Michael McCaul
Chairman, House Homeland Security Committee
President Obama was elected on the promise of “change,” and there is no doubt that he delivered. It just wasn’t the kind of change America needed.
Today our nation’s security is weaker and worldwide threats have proliferated.
By: Chairman Michael McCaul
January 23, 2017
Last week, outgoing President Barack Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, the Army soldier and WikiLeaks source formerly known as Bradley. In doing so, he set a dangerous precedent for future leakers and put his political legacy above justice.
For the first time, we are hearing our president say “radical Islamist terrorism.” President Trump uttered these words loud and clear during his inaugural speech on January 20, 2017 and he will treat the fight for what it is – a war. Without sugar-coating, his speech marked the end of “leading from behind” and the beginning of “America first.”
As Commander-in-Chief, Trump is now responsible for protecting our people from those who wish to do us harm, and defending our democracy against those who seek to undermine it.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) issued the following statement on the Senate confirmation of retired Marine General John Kelly as Secretary of Homeland Security.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s decision to commute the almost 30 years of Chelsea Manning’s remaining sentence days before he leaves office.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), alongside Ranking Member Bennie Thompson (D-MS), met with the Secret Service, FBI, and other law enforcement officials to oversee and inspect security in place for the inauguration of President-Elect Donald J. Trump. A peaceful transition of power is a pillar of American democracy owed to the dedicated men and women working tirelessly to ensure the safety and security of all.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Key committee chairmen in the U.S. House of Representatives announced today a plan to regularly reauthorize, reform, and improve the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the 115th Congress and beyond. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by all chairmen of committees with jurisdiction over DHS, and details can be found here.