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.
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Washington D.C. – Today the House unanimously passed H.R. 3359, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2017.
Washington, D.C. – House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) released the following statement on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) end-of-year statistics and their continued concern about the steady increase of transnational criminal organizations’ (TCO) exploitation along the Southwest border, among other issue areas.
Washington, D.C. – House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) released the following statement on the Senate confirmation of Kirstjen Nielsen to be Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
We live in an increasingly dangerous world that requires bold American leadership. Our nation’s most effective tool for diplomacy has always been our resolute military serving as a deterrence. However, in recent years, we have witnessed our military readiness and capabilities decline beyond a state of alarm. The American people have given Republicans the opportunity to lead in Congress, with a promise that we would improve and restore the military prowess of the United States.
Washington, D.C. – House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) released the following statement after U.S. Border Patrol Agent, Rogelio Martinez, was killed and his partner injured responding to activity on the southwest border Sunday morning.
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 House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018. This critical legislation strengthens our nation’s defense programs and includes McCaul’s Cyber Scholarship Opportunities Act, which was introduced in the House earlier this year.
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. – 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 the House Homeland Security Committee passed H.R. 3548, the Border Security For America Act, by a vote of 18-12. Introduced by Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), and with 70 cosponsors, the landmark legislation will better protect our homeland by strengthening the security of our borders and ports of entry.
Washington, D.C. – House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) today released the following statement on the House passage of H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act of 2018. The bill provides $44.3 billion, $1.9 billion above FY17, to protect the homeland, secure the border, and provide necessary funds to respond to disasters.