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.
Cybersecurity is a critical element to protect both our national and personal security. Nation-states are using cyber tools to steal our country’s secrets and intellectual property. Hackers snatch our financial data and lock down access to our healthcare records and other sensitive information. It is clear that cyber-attacks are becoming incredibly personal, and the phones in our pockets are now the battlespace. This is why continued efforts on cybersecurity are imperative.
Over the years, I have championed a number of bills in Congress to strengthen federal cybersecurity efforts. In 2014, several cybersecurity bills became law, including one that authorized the cyber scholarship for service program and others that reinforced the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity roles and responsibilities. In 2015, the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 was signed into law, which improved cyber threat information sharing.
In addition, another bill I authored and helped pass the through House is the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2017. This bill elevates DHS’s cybersecurity and infrastructure protection missions and establish a stand-alone operational agency to conduct this important work.
I continue to co-chair the Cybersecurity Caucus in the House to facilitate the cyber conversation among a broad range of stakeholders, and push for these important reforms. I also served as co-chair of the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th and 45th Presidents.
Lastly, with a high concentration of high tech companies in the 10th Congressional district, I maintain a close working relationship with tech companies 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 to ensure our innovators are protected.
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Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the House passed eleven bills to better secure our homeland by improving our nation’s defenses and staying ahead of ever-evolving threats. These bills bolster our border security efforts, strengthen TSA, and better identify cyber threats, among other things.
When Ronald Reagan took to the stage in his only debate against Jimmy Carter in 1980, he asked the American people one simple question: “are you better off than you were four years ago?” The answer was a resounding “no!”
Just over two years ago, the American people were again asked this question, and again could not respond positively. My colleagues and I heard from our constituents that they had become disillusioned by our country’s direction. The idea of providing their kids with a better life was quickly slipping away and the American Dream was disappearing.
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, released the following statement after President Trump’s meeting and press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.
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, was selected by Speaker Paul Ryan to be a member of the House-Senate conference committee for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
Washington, D.C. – This week, the House of Representatives unanimously passed seven bills to better secure our homeland by staying ahead of ever-evolving threats and improving our nation’s defenses. These bills raise the standards for transportation security by requiring enhanced evaluation of screening technologies and strengthening public transportation areas.
Washington, D.C. – House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) released the following statement on the situation at the southern border.
Our homeland faces threats on multiple fronts.
International terrorists seek to attack our country and kill Americans.
Human traffickers, drug smugglers, and gangs like MS-13, are crossing our borders and infecting our neighborhoods.
Nation states and hackers are engaging in cyberwarfare.
And the next natural disaster can strike at any moment.
As Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, I know we cannot afford to let our guard down when the costs are so high.
When the waters were rising, everyone was paying attention, but now that they have receded, we must not forget those still hurting. It is crucial we stay focused on the needs of our communities, which do not end when the national media attention fades.
That is why I recently hosted a hearing on this topic at home where Hurricane Harvey hit. Officials on the federal, state and local levels met in Cypress in a building that was integral to the response efforts to discuss lessons learned and our path forward.
Washington, D.C. - Under the leadership of Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), the House Homeland Security Committee has prioritized cybersecurity legislation over the last several years and has taken strong, bipartisan action.