Foreign Affairs and National Security

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) prepare to send the H.R. 3359 cybersecurity bill passed November 2018 with bipartisan support to President Trump to be signed into law. (Photo: Office of Speaker Paul Ryan)

The House Foreign Affairs Committee

Helping the U.S. navigate a rapidly changing world.

The U.S. Embassy is Now in Israel

“After meeting with many brave Israeli leaders, it is clear that our two countries must continue to strengthen our steadfast alliance to counter regional menaces. As new threats and challenges emerge, we stand firmly beside the Israeli people.” -House Homeland Security Committee Chairman, Rep. Michael McCaul

In danger from the moment it was announced in December 2017, the new U.S. Embassy in Israel represents a bold move by the Trump Administration. Many say it was long overdue, considering the closely-allied relationship between the U.S. and Israel; some say it will also come at a price.

Why is it so important to support Israel?

Rep. Michael McCaul understands that a strong partnership between the U.S. and Israel is essential to containing the dangerous and precarious situation in Iran, as he wrote in a September 2017 Op-ed for The Hill. Rep. McCaul also supported the Countering America’s Adversaries Act which was signed into law August 2017 and allows the use of sanctions in response to cyber-security breaches, human rights violations and, in particular, the advanced weapons programs in Iran. For this and other important work, Rep. McCaul received a Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) Distinguished Service Award in 2017.

U.S. Congressman Michael McCaul leads a bi-partisan House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security delegation to visit ISAF headquarters in 2011 (photo: isafmedia)

Getting Bi-partisan Support for a Non-nuclear Iran

In Foreign Affairs Committee leadership, it will take someone who believes strongly in supporting Israel but who can also be a mediator, a moderator who can help new Democrats in leadership understand the importance.

House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul’s (R-TX) bill to combat human trafficking was signed into law February 2018 (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

“Hardest Working Committee in Congress”

Those glowing words from Politico refer to Chairman Michael McCaul and the 112 bills he has passed during six years at the helm of the House Department of Homeland Security Committee. His work as a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee has also been far-reaching; recently he authored a bill to strengthen a key counterterrorism partnership in Africa and expand access to international markets for American businesses.

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security

To bolster U.S. defenses against threats to cyber-systems and information security, Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) sponsored H.R. 3359, which was signed into law November 16, 2018. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act will elevate the cybersecurity mission at the Department of Homeland Security, support vital infrastructure, including U.S. election systems, and create the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). CISA will make proactive cyber protection the number one objective.

Rep. McCaul addresses cybersecurity at Rice University in 2017 (photo: Ed Schipul)

Someone who understands both National Security and Foreign Affairs

From understanding the problems and solutions presented by rising world-powers like China and Russia, to keeping dangerous rouge nations like Iran and North Korea held in check, battle-hardened statesman Rep. Michael McCaul has what it takes to keep the U.S. one step ahead in 2019 and beyond.

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