114th Congress: Protecting American Interests At Home and Abroad
The 114th Congress passed several bills that are now law to protect American interests at home and abroad,
including legislation to help boost our nation’s defenses against cyberattacks, ensure the men and women in our military have access to the most
up-to-date equipment, and override a Presidential veto to ensure families of victims of terrorist attacks are able to pursue justice.
Information Sharing Act (Passed Senate 10/27/15 and became law as part of
the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016,
- Provides for greater sharing of information to address the rampant and growing
cyberattacks facing our country.
- Improves ability for federal government to deter future
cyberattacks, and helps both public and private sectors act more nimbly to respond to attacks when detected.
National Defense Authorization Act (Passed House 12/2/16, passed Senate 12/8/16, became law 12/14/16)
- Includes a
pay raise for the men and women in our military, and ensures the armed forces will have access to the most up-to-date equipment.
- Authorizes needed improvements at our Texas military facilities, including projects at Fort Hood, Joint Base San
Antonio, Red River Army Depot, and Ellington Field.
Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act
(Passed Senate 5/17/16, passed House 9/9/16, vetoed 9/23/16, passed Senate over veto 9/28/16, passed House over veto 9/28/16, became law 9/28/16)
- Allows families of victims of terror attacks on U.S. soil to sue the foreign states that fund terrorism and permit them to hold accountable those
who aid and abet terrorism.
- Passed the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate
unanimously, and became law after Congress overrode a Presidential veto.
Extension Act (Passed House 11/15/16, passed Senate 12/1/16, became law 12/15/16)
- Provides Congress and future administrations the tools necessary to re-impose sanctions lifted as part of the President’s Iran nuclear
deal, and push back against Iranian hostile actions.
Today our nation faces new and evolving national security threats. It is more important than ever to counter organizations that spread hatred
and destruction within our borders and around the world and to give our men and women in uniform the tools to get the job done. I am committed to
seeing that we win the fight against terror by supporting our national security and military officials.