State of Texas Archives: on Homeland Security


MJ Hegar: We must mobilize against epidemic of domestic terrorism

The increasing spread of anti-immigrant, white nationalist ideology is a serious threat to our safety. I want to be crystal clear: we must mobilize against this epidemic of domestic terrorism here at home. I will always stand against this type of hateful rhetoric that has real consequences, and will call on elected leaders who amplify white nationalist rhetoric and racist dog-whistles to take ownership of the impact of their words and reverse course.
Source: 2020 Texas Senate campaign website MJforTexas.com Jan 20, 2020

MJ Hegar: Will stand against efforts to privatize the VA

I will always seek to make good on our promise to our service members by ensuring they receive quality health care, housing assistance, and help starting careers or businesses as they return from serving our country. I will stand against efforts to privatize the VA while supporting initiatives to streamline services for veterans to get better care when they need it. It's critical we provide adequate mental health care to address the unique struggles of those who serve.
Source: 2020 Texas Senate campaign website MJforTexas.com Jan 20, 2020

Lupe Valdez: Wants all veterans to receive the benefits they have earned

As a former US Army National Guard Captain, I have seen too many veterans who have served our country heroically return home with a lack of access to healthcare, sustainable housing and reintegration services. This is unacceptable, we can and must do more to treat our veterans with the dignity and respect they have earned.
Source: 2018 Texas Gubernatorial campaign website LupeValdez.com Oct 9, 2018

Andrew White: Help first responders with citizen-led response teams

I'm against not preparing for something we know will happen. "You can borrow my boat" worked for Harvey, but it's not a strategy we should rely on.˙I'll organize a statewide effort to create citizen-led, neighborhood response teams that can assist 1st responders in the event of a major natural catastrophe/terrorist event.˙These teams will catalog their skill sets. They'll organize a leader, agree on a communications plan, perform annual training exercises and coordinate with local officials.˙
Source: 2018 Texas Gubernatorial campaign website AndrewWhite.com Feb 22, 2018

Lupe Valdez: Worked for Dept. of Homeland Security & then elected sheriff

After attaining the rank of captain in the U.S. Army, Valdez went on to work as a federal agent˙for U.S. Customs and Border Protection and, later, the Department of Homeland Security, focusing on˙fraud and drug cases for almost 30 years before being elected sheriff of Dallas County, the state's second most populous county.˙
Source: Texas Tribune on 2018 Texas Gubernatorial race Dec 6, 2017

Jodey Arrington: Reinvest in our Armed Forces

Ensure That America's Military Remains the Strongest in the World: It's time we reinvest in our Armed Forces, empower our military, and send a message to terrorists and terrorist nations--when you endanger our nation, threaten our allies, and kill Americans, there will be no compromise and the consequences will be severe.
Source: 2016 Texas House campaign website JodeyArrington.com Nov 8, 2016

Vicente Gonzalez: Fulfill our promise to veterans

Veterans fought for us, its our duty to fight for them. It's time to stop the excuses and fulfill our promise to all who have worn our nation's uniform.
Source: 2016 Texas House campaign website VicenteGonzalez.com Nov 8, 2016

Donald Trump: Charge rich countries like Germany more to defend them

KASICH: We're in agreement that the Japanese need to do more. We're in agreement that the Europeans need to do more. But, at the same time, we have to rebuild the military. I have a balanced budget plan that cuts taxes, reforms regulations, but also builds the military, puts a $100 billion dollars more in defense.

TRUMP: We can no longer defend all of these countries, Japan, Germany, South Korea. You order televisions, you order almost anything, you're getting it from these countries. They are making a fortune. We defend all of these countries for peanuts. You talk about budgets. We have to start getting reimbursed for taking care of the military services for all of these countries.

Source: 2016 CNN-Telemundo Republican debate on eve of Texas primary Feb 25, 2016

John Kasich: $100B more to rebuild the military, with Pentagon reforms

KASICH: I would love to see regime change in North Korea. We have to be firm, and we've got to unite people in that part of the world to stand firmly against North Korea, and make sure we have the ballistic missile technology to defend ourselves.

TRUMP: We can no longer defend all of these countries, Japan, Germany, South Korea. You order televisions, you order almost anything, you're getting it from these countries. They are making a fortune. We defend all of these countries for peanuts. You talk about budgets. We have to start getting reimbursed for taking care of the military services for all of these countries.

KASICH: We're in agreement that the Japanese need to do more. We're in agreement that the Europeans need to do more. But, at the same time, we have to rebuild the military. I have a balanced budget plan that cuts taxes, reforms regulations, but also builds the military, puts a $100 billion dollars more in defense.

Source: 2016 CNN-Telemundo Republican debate on eve of Texas primary Feb 25, 2016

Marco Rubio: US security is more important than Apple

Q: What about the government requiring Apple to unlock an Apple iPhone used by a terrorist?

CRUZ: Apple should be forced to comply with the court order because a search and seizure is reasonable if it has judicial authorization and probable cause.

RUBIO: The only thing they're being asked to do, is allow us to disable the self- destruct mode that's in the Apple phone so that we can try to guess using our own systems what the password of this killer was. Apple doesn't want to do it because they think it hurts their brand. Well, let me tell you, their brand is not superior to the national security of the United States of America.

KASICH: The president should have convened a meeting with Apple and our security forces. You lock the door and you say you're not coming out until you reach an agreement that both gives the security people what they need and protects the rights of Americans.

Source: 2016 CNN-Telemundo Republican debate on eve of Texas primary Feb 25, 2016

Greg Abbott: Exempt veterans from state business fees

Saying "thank you" is not enough for those who risked their lives. We must do more to help veterans return to civilian life. Texas leads the nation in job creation and yet the unemployment rate for our veterans remains high. That is unacceptable. That's why my budget exempts new businesses--formed by veterans--from having to pay state registration fees to open their businesses.

My budget also exempts new businesses formed by veterans from paying state franchise taxes for the first 5 years, and I'm calling for legislation to waive licensing exams and fees for veterans with the required education, training and practical experience gained in the military. If the training you received as an electrician, a technician or some other job meets the standard of the United States military, it should be good enough for the State of Texas.

Source: State of the State address to 2015 Texas Legislature Feb 17, 2015

John Cornyn: Strengthen security at ports and chemical facilities

Strengthening Security at Texas Ports: Home to four of the ten busiest ports in the nation: Houston, Corpus Christi, Beaumont and Texas City: Texas ports play a significant role in the national economy and must be among our highest homeland security priorities. In 2006, Senator Cornyn helped pass major port security legislation providing for increased communication, layered security at every step of the supply chain and ensuring that homeland security resources are allocated based on risk.

Strengthening Security at Texas Chemical Facilities: The chemical industry is one of the most vibrant industries in Texas, directly employing roughly 75,000 Texans. In 2006, Senator Cornyn helped to pass the first chemical security legislation as part of the Homeland Security Appropriations bill.

Emergency-Responder Roundtables: Senator Cornyn has traveled throughout Texas conducting round table discussions and listening sessions with emergency responders.

Source: Vote-USA.org on 2014 Texas Senate incumbents Oct 25, 2014

Emily Sanchez: Opposes expanding the armed forces

Q: Do you support or oppose expanding the armed forces?

A: Oppose.

Source: E-mail interview on Texas 2014 Senate race with OnTheIssues Sep 19, 2014

Brian Babin: Our military must be prepared and second to none

Defense: As a veteran myself and father of a decorated Navy SEAL, I believe our military must be prepared and second to none in a very dangerous world. We must eliminate waste and mismanagement in the military to permit our Armed Forces to defend and protect our national security to the utmost.
Source: 2014 Texas 36th House campaign website BabinForCongress.com Aug 31, 2014

David Dewhurst: No blanket cuts to military, but trim back some spending

Both candidates said they wouldn't authorize blanket cuts to the U.S. defense budget to balance the federal budget--but agreed there were areas where even military spending could be trimmed back. They also agreed on the need to expand energy exploration, with Cruz saying, "unless you are a blithering idiot, that's the right thing to say."
Source: San Francisco Chronicle on 2012 Texas Senate debates Jun 22, 2012

Elizabeth Ames Jones: Maintain strong modern military to face dangerous challenges

National defense is a core function of the Federal Government. We must maintain a military capable of meeting the dangerous challenges facing the United States around the globe. Defense must always be a top priority for any Senator from Texas.

A strong, modern military is imperative to keeping Americans safe. I am committed to ensuring that the men and women defending this nation are provided with the resources, equipment and services they need and deserve.

Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, www.jonesfortexas.com Jul 17, 2011

Jon Roland: Treat terrorists as pirates; military tribunals ok

Q: Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?

A: Yes. [We should] restore the constitutional militia system. “Terrorists” should be handled as “pirates.”

A: No.

Q: Do you support the creation of a federal identification card system?

A: No.

Source: Texas Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test May 2, 2008

Jon Roland: More SDI funding & more state homeland security funding

Q: Do you support long-term use of National Guard troops to supplement the armed forces in assignments overseas?

A: No.

A: Yes.

Q: Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?

A: Yes.

Q: Should the United States expand its missile defense shield?

A: Yes.

Source: Texas Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test May 2, 2008

Rick Noriega: Warrantless phone-tapping abandons the Constitution

Q: Would you have voted for the recent amendments to FISA that eliminated the need for a warrant to tap the phones of Americans who talk to foreigners?

A: No. John Cornyn and the Congress abandoned the Constitution in removing supervision of the FISA Court over surveillance of communications. We have seen more and more authority switch to the executive branch. There must be checks and balances. There must be judicial review of surveillance and FISA to protect American civil liberties.

Source: Democracy for Texas Questionnaire Response Mar 1, 2008

Barack Obama: Unacceptable to have veterans drive 250 miles to a hospital

The incredible burden that has been placed on the American people, starting with military families, and the fact that we still are not doing right by our veterans, that we still don’t honor their service, that there are still homeless veterans, that we still don’t screen properly for post-traumatic stress disorder and make sure that they’re getting mental services that they need, that we are still having veterans in south Texas have to drive 250 miles to access a veterans hospital. That’s unacceptable.
Source: 2008 Democratic debate at University of Texas in Austin Feb 21, 2008

George W. Bush: US military is key to preserving world peace

Outside of America’s borders the world is a freer and safer place [than when we grew up]. We must always remember the importance of a strong military, a strong United States of America, to preserve world peace.
Source: Powell Lecture Series, Texas A&M Univ. Apr 6, 1998

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