Congressman Michael McCaul

Representing the 10th District of Texas

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Feb 5, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10), the Lead Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on the State of the Union.

Jan 6, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10), the Lead Republican on the Foreign Affairs Committee, appeared live on Fox News’ “Outnumbered Overtime with Harris Faulkner” to discuss the latest news on Iran. Key highlights are below:


Jan 3, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10), the Lead Republican on the Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on the death of Qasem Soleimani.


Homeland Security

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.

Foreign Affairs

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

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Shortly after he was first elected to Congress, McCaul founded the Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus to give a voice to the nearly 16,000 children diagnosed with cancer every year; and the survivors who face long-term health issues stemming from the treatments they received as children. In the 115th Congress, there have been two major accomplishments in the fight against childhood cancer. First, the RACE for Children Act (Research to Accelerate Cures and Equity for Children Act) was signed into law in January of 2018. RACE now allows the most innovative adult treatments for cancer to be studied for use in children.

Then, the Childhood Cancer STAR Act was signed into law in June of 2018. The STAR Act is the most comprehensive childhood cancer bill ever signed into law. It addresses the four major concerns facing the pediatric cancer community: Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research, and will elevate and prioritize the fight against childhood cancer at the National Institute of Health (NIH).

You can click here to learn more about the Childhood Cancer STAR Act.

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