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.
More on Homeland Security
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.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on the initial efforts for Hurricane Harvey relief.
Congressman McCaul: “While I am pleased Congress will have an opportunity to vote soon on this first down payment for our relief efforts, I will continue to work relentlessly to ensure that we rebuild Texas as soon as possible and support those who have lost so much.
Washington, D.C. – House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), and a senior Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement commending President Trump’s strategy for the war in Afghanistan.
Washington, D.C. – Today, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) released a letter in response to Ranking Member Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and the Democrat Members’ call for a hearing on the threat of domestic terrorism on the heels of the tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Over the last six months the Trump administration has made good on its promise to enhance border security and enforce our immigration laws. In the first half of 2017, illegal border crossings fell by an estimated 70%. It is very reassuring to know that President Obama’s reckless immigration policies are now over. An Executive Branch that is dedicated to fixing the problems along our southern border and actually enforcing our laws not only deters future illegal immigration, but is also absolutely necessary to protecting our homeland.
Washington, D.C. – As the United States faces new and evolving threats to our national security, a strong, smart, multi-layered approach at our nation’s borders is required.
While there are plenty of critics of President Trump’s approach and style, many of his foreign policy decisions have been strong and decisive and stand in stark contrast to those of the Obama administration.
The Trump White House relishes American exceptionalism and enjoys promoting Western values. It clearly understands that there is no such thing as leading from behind when it comes to tackling the most pressing international security issues.