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U.S. Launches Airstrikes Against the Islamic State

Initial U.S. airstrikes have been conducted with coalition partners in Syria against the Islamic State and groups with ties to Al Qaeda.

Our first thought should be the safety and success of all our men and women in uniform now engaged in Iraq and Syria. In the coming days, I will closely monitor the progress of our coalition efforts with our allies. I also stand ready to return to Washington to continue a healthy debate of these issues.   Read more »

at Sep 23, 2014 1:21 PM
       

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Approves Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2014

On Wednesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where I serve as a Subcommittee Chairman, approved H.R. 5229, the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2014.

I am proud to see this bill, which I co-authored, pass out of committee on a bi-partisan basis. The bill now moves to the House Floor for final passage. This legislation provides disabled veterans that enter the federal workforce the opportunity to seek medical treatment for their service-related disabilities without being forced to take unpaid leave. We must support our veterans, especially those who suffered a disability protecting our freedom.   Read more »

at Sep 21, 2014 7:37 PM
       

Obama’s Agenda: Arming and Training Syrian Rebels While Disarming American Citizens

I find it interesting that so many of our legislators today support the idea of arming and training Syrian Rebels -  many of whom are the same people who support more gun control laws here at home.

Arming and training foreign troops has not worked so well for us, so why do Obama and his democrat buddies think this time will be different?   Read more »

at Sep 19, 2014 4:50 PM
       

Congressional Oversight Needed in Continuing Resolution

This week I voted in favor of a continuing resolution measure that would fund government operations. It also contained an amendment authored by House Armed Services Committee Chairman “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.) to authorize train-and-equip authority as part of the effort to defeat the Islamic State.   Read more »

at Sep 19, 2014 9:58 AM
       

Senate Committee Approves Cornyn’s Justice For Victims Of Trafficking Act

The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved legislation I sponsored to boost support for and protection of victims of human trafficking by increasing law enforcement resources, enhancing victims’ services and increasing penalties in an effort to combat child sex trafficking, child pornography, sexual exploitation and human trafficking.   Read more »

at Sep 18, 2014 4:52 PM
       

Eliminating the Global Threat of ISIL

The global threat of the terrorist group ISIL is real. And it’ll only increase if we allow ISIL to keep building support, resources, and arms. Based on the briefings I’ve received on the subject, I don’t see any current threat on our home turf. But there is certainly the potential for an attack in the future – especially with the still porous condition of our southern border.   Read more »

at Sep 16, 2014 1:50 PM
       

The Militarization Of Our Local Schools

On August 28, I wrote a piece questioning the militarization of our local police departments. In that article I asked some tough questions concerning the need for local law enforcement agencies to have military surplus items such as grenade launchers and mine resistant armored vehicles (the later are specifically known as a MRAP). I believe that

at Sep 16, 2014 9:19 AM
       

Pete Sessions Statement on National Hispanic Heritage Month

Today marks the first day of National Hispanic Heritage Month, a month-long celebration of a rich heritage that has had an immense impact on our local community and nation as a whole. This month gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect upon the many contributions Hispanic Americans have made to our great nation, ranging from the arts, service in the military, and to their strong presence in the business community.   Read more »

at Sep 15, 2014 2:47 PM
       

Standing United Against ISIL

As we remember the tragic occurrences of 9/11 we must also recognize that we still live with the very real threat of continued acts of terrorism. Two American journalists have been savagely executed and the Middle East remains unstable. This past week, we finally heard from the President that he now understands it will take more than hope to defeat terror and evil in this world.   Read more »

at Sep 15, 2014 11:53 AM
       

SPC Justin Lane Receives HERO’S WELCOME with New Home in Comal County

Patriotism is alive and well in Comal County. SPC Justin “JP” Lane received a hero’s welcome on September 11, 2014 with a parade and BBQ, Texas-style. The event was to present JP, as he is called, with a home in Smithson Valley. He was given the ‘keys’ to his new house by HelpingAHero.org. JP could not have landed in a more conservative and friendly neighborhood.   Read more »

at Sep 13, 2014 4:04 PM
       

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