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On June 6, 1944, courageous Americans stormed the beaches of Normandy giving their lives in service of our country. My father was a bombardier on a B-17; his group, among others, were trained to lead the air campaign in advance of the D-Day invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. His patriotism and service in such a time of peril is one of things that has inspired me throughout my life. We pause today to remember those brave souls who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom.
The terrorist attack at a concert in Manchester is a horrific reminder of the growing threat facing the Western world. When peaceful citizens are brutally murdered simply because of their culture and lifestyle, the entire free world is attacked. Terrorism is an assault on humanity felt around the world, and the response, too, will be global. Read my op-ed by clicking the image.
2017 Inauguration Security Walk-ThroughI commend the efforts of the United States Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security, Capitol Hill Police, and local law enforcement who are working tirelessly to ensure a safe and successful Inauguration. My Committee and I are paying detailed attention to all of the necessary preparations for this historic event. Despite the intense terror threat our nation faces, I am confident that we will be able to conduct a seamless and peaceful transition of power in large part because of the hard work of the Department’s employees, and the Secret Service, and those on the front lines keeping our nation safe.
The passage of the STAR Act is a critical step in the right direction in the fight against childhood cancer. It is the most comprehensive childhood cancer bill ever considered before this Congress. It would allow us to better understand the causes of pediatric cancer and the effects of treatment, provide doctors with resources necessary to help identify children who may be at risk, and improve collaboration among providers so doctors are better able to care for survivors. I am proud of our efforts to pass this bill on behalf of the children and families in Texas and across the country.
Happy Veterans DayIt is impossible for us to properly express our profound respect and appreciation for all our brave men and women who have worn our nation’s uniform. There is no way to repay the insurmountable debt we owe them; it is because of their bravery and actions that we are free. Without those who willingly serve, we would not be this great nation - a nation that is a champion of democracy and freedom worldwide.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10) – Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the Foreign Affairs Committee – released the below statement on the death of Otto Warmbier.
For many years, I have had the privilege of chairing the United States-Mexico Interparliamentary Group, a bilateral working group established in 1960 to allow members of Congress from both countries to convene regularly and discuss ways in which our nations can enhance our partnership.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10) – Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the Foreign Affairs Committee – released the below statement following the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the former administration’s Cuba policy.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10) – Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the Foreign Affairs Committee – released the below statement following the House passage of the Financial CHOICE Act to grow our economy in Texas.
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.