McCaul: Our Nation’s Heroes & National Security

Congressman Michael McCaul

Our Nation’s Heroes 
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Over the weekend we celebrated Veterans Day. This national holiday is an important day in our country as it reminds us to reflect on the enormous gratitude we owe to those who have served, and those currently serving in our nation’s armed forces. For it is because of their bravery and selfless sacrifice we are the land of the free and the home of the brave.

You can watch my short video thanking our veterans for their service by clicking here or on the image below.

I attended a cake cutting ceremony for the 242nd birthday of the United States Marine Corps and had the privilege to meet the guest of honor, Lt. Gen. George Christmas. He was the Company Commander in the Marines Corps’ touchstone Battle for Hue City, Vietnam in February of 1968. Pictured below is also Gen. Robert Neller, Commandant of the Marine Corps, and Col. John Ostrowski.

ICYMI: I appeared on FOX News America’s Newsroom
I joined America’s Newsroom to discuss the Texas shooting and President Trump’s trip to Asia. With respect to the horrific shooting, my thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected. This tragedy has shaken a small Texas town, and yet, as with Hurricane Harvey earlier this year, we have also watched Texans do what we do best: lend a hand to our neighbor, particularly in times of need.

Regarding the President’s Asia trip, he had very successful visits with the Prime Minister of Japan and the President of South Korea. As I note in the interview below, if we can help arm our allies, Japan and South Korea, with missile defense systems, then that would put pressure on China, in turn, to deal with the North Korean threat.

You can watch my full appearance by clicking here or on the image below.

Keeping Our Transportation Systems Secure
I held a hearing on TSA’s role in keeping our transportation systems secure. This hearing gave members the opportunity to hear from the newly confirmed TSA Administrator, Ret. Vice Admiral David Pekoske, about his plans for the administration because we need to do more to confront the growing threats aimed at the aviation sector.

If we are going to be successful in keeping our homeland safe, we must make sure that TSA has the tools and resources it needs to carry out its mission. This is no easy task. Even though there are approximately 60,000 TSA employees helping safeguard nearly 450 airports throughout the US, our aviation sector remains the crown jewel of terrorist targets. America’s enemies only have to be right once while we have to be right 100%.

You can watch my opening statement from this hearing by clicking here, or on the image below.

Legislative Update
Last week, we passed important legislation and below are a few that may be of interest to you:

  • H.R. 1066 – VA Management Alignment Act of 2017. This bill would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to create and submit a one-time report to Congress on the Department’s organizational structure.
  • R. 3122– Veterans Care Financial Protection Act of 2017. This bill would require the VA to post notice on its website about dishonest individuals who prey on those who receive pension benefits with regular aid and attendance (A&A), and are at risk of financial exploitation.
  • R. 3441– Save Local Business Act. This bill amends the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to clarify that two or more employers may be considered a “joint employer” only if they have “actual, direct, and immediate” control over employees’ essential terms and conditions of employment.
  • The House Republican tax reform planwas passed by the Ways & Means Committee after a week-long markup of the bill.

This week, we are voting on a number of bills. Below are a few you may be interested in:

  • R. 1 – Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This bill reforms the nation’s tax code for the first time in 31 years, providing tax relief to all Americans and lowering corporate taxes on all businesses – large and small. The bill lowers individual tax rates for all Americans and reduces the number of brackets from seven – under the current code – to four.
  • R. 2874– 21st Century Flood Reform Act. This bill reauthorizes the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five years, introduces private market competition, and provides programmatic reform to help policyholders.
    • The NDAA for Fiscal Year 2018 also includes my bill, the Cyber Scholarship Opportunities Act, to aid in the shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals by expanding and enhancing an existing federal scholarship program for students pursuing degrees in cybersecurity fields.
  • Consideration of Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2810 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018. This bill authorizes and prioritizes funding for the Department of Defense (DoD) and military activities and construction, and prescribes military personnel strengths for Fiscal Year 2018; provides the necessary topline of nearly $700 billion.

I encourage you to visit my website, www.mccaul.house.gov, for more information on constituent services and legislative updates.  Also, follow me on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube to get the latest updates on my work in Washington and the 10th District of Texas.  It continues to be a great honor to represent you in the United States House of Representatives.

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