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We must do everything in our power to combat human trafficking, uphold human rights, and prevent our citizens from becoming victims of this heinous crime. The Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign Authorization Act will better equip DHS to partner, educate, and coordinate efforts and intelligence sharing on multiple levels. It will provide resources to help deter, detect, and mitigate instances of human trafficking in our country. It will also safeguard victims and help raise public awareness of the threat human trafficking poses to our communities. I am confident this bill will help protect our citizens and children from being exploited. Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead
This bill bolsters enforcement of existing immigration law, makes important reforms to our legal immigration programs, secures the border, and provides a legislative solution for the current beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
In December, with my support, the House of Representatives passed a third supplemental disaster recovery funding package to provide relief from Hurricane Harvey and other natural disasters. This package will not only provide relief to victims of Harvey, it will allow Texas to move forward on several crucial flood mitigation projects, like the Cypress Creek Reservoir Project, to prevent future disasters.
This year’s NDAA fully funds our military, the best fighting force in the world, and provides the necessary support our men and women in uniform need and deserve – including the largest pay raise for our troops in eight years. In order to continue ensuring the safety of our service members and their families at home and abroad, it’s imperative we restore our nation’s military readiness and bolster our nation’s offensive and defensive military capabilities.
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.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, applauds the committee passage of his legislation, H.R. 4744, the Iran Human Rights and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, a bipartisan group of House members introduced legislation to promote more effective development in fragile and unstable countries, addressing the conditions that create safe havens for terrorists, criminal networks, and war lords.
Washington, D.C. – House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) released the following statement on the heels of the U.S.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the below statement following the announcement of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s departure.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the below statement following tonight’s announcement that Kim Jong Un is seeking a summit.
I have served on the House Homeland Security Committee since first entering Congress in 2005 and was selected to serve as Chairman of the Investigations Subcommittee. In 2013, I was selected to serve as the Chairman of the entire committee. My guiding priority as Chairman is defending our homeland from all threats—foreign, domestic, and digital.
As a Texan, I am committed to shielding the homeland from the rising threat of terrorist and foreign fighters, securing our borders, enhancing cyber defenses, making the nation's airport security system smarter and more efficient, and providing rigorous oversight of the Department of Homeland Security to ensure it is capable of carrying out its core mission of protecting the homeland.
During the 115th Congress, the Homeland Security Committee passed several critical pieces of bipartisan legislation to keep Americans safer, including the landmark and first-ever Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act of 2017, which reforms and improves the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and helps ensure nearly 16 years after the September 11th attacks, DHS is positioned to carry out its diverse mission at every level. While we are stronger and better prepared today, America's enemies have proven to be very agile. We can stay ahead of these ever-evolving threats by reforming and improving DHS's programs and capabilities.
Under my leadership, the Homeland Security Committee has passed over 65 bills through the House; 6 of those bills became public law. A full list of House-passed Committee bills can be found here.
American leadership on the global stage is critical. As a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I am responsible for oversight of State Department policy and promoting a responsible legislative agenda that bolsters international engagement with our allies, counters the aggressive policies of our adversaries, and advances the common interests of nations in defense of stability and democracy around the globe.
China, under President Xi, continues to consolidate its control over all facets of Chinese government, military, commercial, and civilian life. We've seen Xi purge his competitors within the country and compel its commercial sector to support its destabilizing rise around the world. The bottom line, China is on the rise, and its influence is expanding globally at a rapid pace. It is the Soviet Union of our times. To counter China's immoral rise, we must support our allies, partners and friends, and expand our support to international development efforts.
In Russia, Putin's regime continues to hinder American efforts at peace on the Korean Peninsula by covertly supporting the Kim regime's economy, which ultimately helps further their nuclear ambitions. Across Europe and the Americas, Putin continues to engage in hostile disinformation campaigns intended to sow discord among our people, divide Europe, and drive a wedge between our NATO allies. And in Syria, he is bolstering the brutal regime of Bashar al Assad– making the likelihood of a political solution to end the bloodshed more distant. Russia must pay a price for its blatant attacks on American interests.
In North Korea, Kim Jong Un has marched down a path of nuclearization absent American leadership. He is now on the cusp of obtaining the ability to conduct a successful nuclear ICBM strike anywhere in the world – including the United States. This is unacceptable. That is why President Trump and his Administration have begun to lead a maximum pressure campaign against North Korea to compel him to retreat from his destabilizing nuclear ambitions. These efforts include working with our international partners to diplomatically isolate the regime, increasing economic pressure on the North Korean economy through international sanctions, and refusing to take the use of military force off the table unless Kim Jong Un reverses course.
Iran is the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism. A nation that has repeatedly threatened America and Israel with absolute destruction must not be allowed to ever have a nuclear weapon. Unfortunately, as negotiated by the previous Administration, the Iran nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, injected the Iranian regime with billions of dollars in fresh funding for their expansionist agenda. From Yemen, through Iraq and Syria, all the way to Lebanon and the Mediterranean, Iran continues to solidify its influence in the region through a "Shia Crescent". This land bridge connects Iran to its destabilizing proxies throughout the region, such as Lebanese-based Hezbollah and Hamas in Palestine. As our allies in the region understand, we must counter Iran's actions because they are a direct threat to regional stability.
Learn more about what McCaul is doing to strengthen our foreign policy here.