U.S. rep speaks to business leaders


After seven terms in office representing Austin County in Washington, D.C., Republican U.S. Rep. Mike McCaul made a stop on the campaign trail last week at a Sealy Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

McCaul faces Democrat Mike Siegel in the Nov. 6 election.

He referenced the recent U.S. Supreme Court hearings following which Brett Kavanaugh, a nominee proposed by President Donald Trump, was confirmed following accusations of sexual assault several years ago.

“What a spectacle that last week that I was up there. I’m just glad we got it done and we can say Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh,” he said. “It was not the way I think we should run things up there. It’s gotten down to, ‘did you drink beer in high school?’ Amazing.”

He then said there were numerous positive accomplishments on which he wanted to focus. Data released last week showed the lowest level of employment in 50 years.

“That means more people are working,” he said. “More people are self-sufficient. That’s a good thing.”

He also highlighted a major tax cut.

“You’re going to see a reinvestment in America like you’ve never seen before,” he said. “Now the question is not where are the jobs; it’s where are the workers?”

McCaul briefly discussed the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) expanding into Iraq and Syria.

“They would plot what’s called external operations against the United States to kill Americans, whether it be with planes or with operatives in the United States,” he said. “The reason why we are safer is we sent our special forces over there to work with the [Kurdish people] and they crushed and destroyed ISIS in Iraq and Syria. I can tell you from a national security standpoint, it has made this country safer. That’s not to say the threat of radical Islamic terrorism isn’t still out there but it’s not in the scale that it was.”

McCaul recently chaired the Childhood Cancer Caucus, which he said is near and dear to his heart. He chairs the House Committee on Homeland Security and covers a district that spans from Houston to Austin.

The married congressman has one child at University of Texas, one at Southern Methodist University and 17-year-old triplets at home.

“I sort of personalize in homeland security but I’ve got domestic terrorism at home,” he joked.

The elected official, who spent more than an hour with local business leaders on Oct. 10, took questions about immigration and border security.

“You need to hand down a better America to the next generation,” he said.


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