After six wonderful weeks traveling from Austin to Houston, Congress is back to business and ready to get things done. This month I am introducing my new monthly column. It is important to me that residents of Texas’s Tenth Congressional District are kept up-to-date with what is going on in Washington, D.C. and back home in the district.
As chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, I am constantly troubled with the state of the homeland. We are living in the highest threat environment since 9/11. Fifteen years later our enemies are still adamant on attacking the homeland—from outside and from within. Fewer jihadists are going to Syria to join the fight, and are instead being instructed to stay and kill where they are. We are a nation at war, and our own city streets have once again become the frontlines.
Given these increased risks facing our homeland, we must remember to thank and support the courageous individuals who put their lives at risk to protect us. They need to know we have their backs. That is why during October I held a “Back the Blue” tour across this congressional district, visiting our local law enforcement. During the tour, I experienced the overwhelming supportive sentiment towards our first responders. While in Brenham, I attended a Local Emergency Preparedness Luncheon to discuss the importance of emergency preparedness not only in active shooter situations, but in other high risk circumstances such as the flooding that occurred last May. In Katy, I met with Police Chief Bill Hastings and Patrol Captain Byron Woytek who impressed me with their exemplary model in how community policing should work. We discussed the importance of encouraging folks to be proactive in the community so our residents can continue to feel safe and maintain that tight knit feel while looking after each other. And I concluded my “Back the Blue” tour in Columbus and La Grange to meet with the local men and women in blue.
I wanted to pursue this “Back the Blue” tour in the wake of recent events that have left a tense climate for our law enforcement officers across the country. These courageous men and women, who put their lives on the line every day, are forced to make tough decisions in the blink of an eye – decisions that can result in life or death. Today and every day, we stand shoulder to shoulder with all our police officers and first responders to show our deep appreciation and say ‘thank you’ for the work in keeping our cities and communities safe.
Join me in showing support for law enforcement by letting your local police and fire fighters know that you proudly “Back the Blue”. I also encourage you to visit my website, www.mccaul.house.gov for more information on constituent services and legislative updates. Also, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube pages to get the latest updates on my work in Washington and the 10th District of Texas. It continues to be a great honor to be allowed to represent you in the United States House of Representatives.