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McCaul Supports Initial Harvey Relief Funding Passed by the House“I am pleased the House has quickly approved the first of several promised aid packages to help Texans recover and rebuild after Harvey’s devastation. This initial down payment is just the beginning, and I look forward to continuing to work with the President and my colleagues to ensure Texas has the resources it needs to help those who have lost so much. After being on the ground in Houston last week, meeting with evacuees, thanking our local heroes, assessing the damage, and providing my assistance, I have never been more proud of my state and country. The heart, strength, and determination of Texans, coupled with the outpouring support from Americans across the country, reminds us all that Texas will be stronger than ever before.”
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“Today is a big win for children suffering with cancer – the number one cause of pediatric deaths. The RACE for Children Act is now law, giving these children a hope for the future. The legislative process is not always easy, but achieving significant victories such as this one for our children is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job. I founded the Childhood Cancer Caucus when I first entered Congress because I believe it is incumbent upon each of us – especially those elected to serve – to do our part to rid this world of cancer, for the sake of my children and yours. I’d like to thank everyone who helped to push this legislation over the finish line, including my dear friend Sadie Keller who always reminds me that ‘together we can make a difference,’ and today is proof of that.”
"Over the last six months the Trump administration has made good on its promise to enhance border security and enforce our immigration laws. In the first half of 2017, illegal border crossings fell by an estimated 70%. It is very reassuring to know that President Obama’s reckless immigration policies are now over. An Executive Branch that is dedicated to fixing the problems along our southern border and actually enforcing our laws not only deters future illegal immigration, but is also absolutely necessary to protecting our homeland...Fortunately, we have introduced two important pieces of legislation in the House of Representatives that work together as a united front to strengthen our border security, strengthen the enforcement of our immigration laws, and provide the Department of Homeland Security with the personnel and resources it needs to get the job done."
The Congressional App Challenge’s mission is to inspire, include, and innovate efforts around STEM, coding, and computer science education. “The Congressional App Challenge is another great opportunity to showcase the amazing talent among students throughout the 10th Congressional District of Texas. In the first two years, this competition has reached nearly 4,000 students across 33 states. We must continue to invest in our students’ STEM education by providing these types of opportunities that encourage them to exercise those skills. I look forward to seeing this year’s entries and encourage all high school age students to consider submitting their application for the chance to have their creation showcased on a national stage.”
Families struggling with childhood cancer could soon have more options. That’s after President Trump signed the RACE for Children Act, a new law that allows drugs that fight cancer for adults to be tested and regulated to fight childhood cancer. The law was sponsored by Central Texas Republican Congressman Michael McCaul, R-Austin.
None fully comprehend the dire threats facing the state of Israel better than Israelis themselves.
Since its creation in 1948, Israel has thrived in a region surrounded by few who recognize its existence as a state and adversaries who issue threats of annihilation on a regular basis. To say it is located in one of the most tumultuous regions in the world is an understatement.
Washington, D.C. – House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) today released the following statement on the House passage of H.R.
Washington, D.C. – One of the main lessons learned post-9/11 is the need for a more robust information sharing capacity among federal, state, and local authorities. While we have taken steps to improve information sharing, we must do more.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement after the House concurred to the Senate amendments to H.R. 601.
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.