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An engineering project proposed before the U.S. entered World War II could have reduced the effects from the massive flooding brought on by Hurricane Harvey that sent thousands of people fleeing for their lives, the head of the House Committee on Homeland Security said Friday during a press conference at Katy's city hall. U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, (R-Texas), said the Army Corps of Engineers in 1940 looked at constructing a levee system in the vicinity of Cypress Creek. "Unfortunately, that was never done," McCaul said. "That's why we're here today - to talk about what happened during Harvey and what we need to do."
Representatives from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), volunteer groups and other agencies are at the centers to answer questions about disaster assistance and low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses. They can also help you apply for federal disaster assistance.
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.”
“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.”
Washington, D.C. – House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), a senior member on the Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement in response to U.S.-backed forces claim of victory over ISIS in Raqqa, Syria.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the below statement following President Trump’s announcement on a new strategy for preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
Washington, D.C. – President Donald Trump today announced his intent to nominate Kirstjen Nielsen as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) issued the following statement on the heels of the announcement:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressmen Michael McCaul (TX-10), John Carter (TX-31) and Filemon Vela (TX-34) and U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) applaud the House passage of S. 1617 – Javier Vega, Jr.
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.