Congressman Michael McCaul

Representing the 10th District of Texas

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.

More on Homeland Security

May 25, 2017 Op-Eds

“An Attack In Manchester, And A World United Against Terror”

The Honorable Michael McCaul

Chairman, House Homeland Security Committee

 

This week’s terrorist attack at a concert in Manchester is a horrific reminder of the growing threat facing the Western world.

Britain experienced the deadliest terrorist attack on its soil since the 2005 London transit bombings, and we have all once again seen the true face of evil.

May 23, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Human trafficking is a heinous form of modern-day slavery that continues to exploit thousands, despite the tireless efforts of law enforcement, advocacy groups, and government agencies like the Department of Homeland Security. Today’s bipartisan bill, H.R.

May 21, 2017 McCaul Column

As Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I often lead a group of bipartisan members of Congress on Congressional Delegations (CODEL) overseas to study policies for increasing our homeland security.  This year, as we traveled to France, Poland, Estonia, and Ukraine, the overarching topic of discussion was cybersecurity and how to protect America from Putin and his cyber-attacks on the United States.

May 12, 2017 Press Release

I applaud the President’s signing of this cybersecurity executive order. Cybersecurity is of the utmost importance and requires continual effort and vigilance to deter and defend against the many adversaries we face. I am pleased to see the President recognize DHS’ role as the lead federal civilian agency in the protection of .gov and civilian networks.

Mar 27, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Last week the House passed nine Homeland Security Committee bills, including a key counterterrorism bill, H.R. 1302, the Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel Exercise Act of 2017. Expanding on the work of last Congress, the Committee continues to advance an unprecedented number of bipartisan measures aimed at keeping Americans safe.

Mar 6, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) issued the following statement on the heels of President Trump signing a new executive order regarding immigration and travel to the United States.

Feb 24, 2017 Press Release

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.

Feb 13, 2017 Press Release

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.

Jan 25, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) issued the following statement on President Trump signing an executive order regarding immigration and border security.

Jan 25, 2017 Op-Eds

FOX News

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.