Ted Poe

Ted Poe

TEXAS' 2nd DISTRICT

CONGRESSMEN POE AND NOLAN INTRODUCE BILL REVOKING PAKISTAN'S MNNA STATUS

2017/06/22

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) and Congressman Rick Nolan (D-MN) introduced H.R. 3000, a bipartisan bill revoking Pakistan’s major non-NATO ally (MNNA) status.

In 2004, then-President Bush granted Pakistan MNNA status in an effort to get Pakistan to help the United States fight al-Qaeda and the Taliban. MNNA status is significant, granting critical benefits in the areas of foreign aid and defense cooperation. A MNNA country is eligible for priority delivery of defense material, an expedited arms sale process, and a U.S. loan guarantee program, which backs up loans issued by private banks to finance arms exports. It can also stockpile U.S. military hardware, participate in defense research and development programs, and be sold more sophisticated weaponry.

Last August, then-Secretary of Defense Ash Carter withheld $300 million in military reimbursements because he could not certify that Pakistan was taking adequate action against the Haqqani network, as required by the NDAA.

“Pakistan must be held accountable for the American blood on its hands,” said Congressman Poe. “For years, Pakistan has acted as a Benedict Arnold ally of the United States. From harboring Osama bin laden to backing the Taliban, Pakistan has stubbornly refused to go after, in any meaningful way, terrorists that actively seek to harm opposing ideologies. We must make a clean break with Pakistan, but at the very least, we should stop providing them the eligibility to obtain our own sophisticated weaponry in an expedited process granting them a privileged status reserved for our closest allies.”

“Time and time again, Pakistan has taken advantage of America’s goodwill and demonstrated that they are no friend and ally of the United States,” Nolan said. “The fact is, the billions of dollars we have sent to Pakistan over the last 15 years has done nothing to effectively fight terrorism and make us safer. It is time to wake up to the fact that Pakistan has ties to the same terrorist organizations which they claim to be fighting. I am happy to join my colleague Congressman Poe in introducing this important legislation which will protect American taxpayer dollars and make us and the world safer.”

Congressman Ted Poe represents Texas' Second District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Non-proliferation and Trade.

 

 

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STOPPING THE SCOURGE OF SEX TRAFFICKING

2017/06/21

Mr. Speaker, 15-year-old Bianca struggled with insecurities and depression, so she turned to social media for comfort and companionship. She met a person named Ariel, to her later displeasure, but after he brought her to a seedy motel room and forced her to watch as he raped two other girls, she knew she had walked right into the bonds of sex slavery. Held captive, he put up advertisements about her on the notorious backpage.com, selling her to dozens of men a day. After 2 years of this hell, Bianca finally escaped, bolting from the motel room, and found safety, finding a police officer. Four days later, her trafficker was arrested and thrown behind bars. Unlike Bianca, many victims don't escape this trafficking. That is why Senator John Cornyn and I have introduced the Abolish Human Trafficking Act that increases funding for law enforcement to find and arrest traffickers like Ariel and helps restore and rescue victims. We must use every tool in our resources we can find to help stop the scourge of human trafficking. And that is just the way it is. Read More

UNAUTHORIZED SPYING ON AMERICANS AND 702 REAUTHORIZATION

2017/06/21

Mr. Speaker, once again, Americans' privacy is under attack, this time by the spying eyes of our own U.S. Government. And people across the U.S. are wondering what is this section 702 issue. Well, Mr. Speaker, section 702 is a provision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. We call it FISA. It permits government to monitor the communications of suspected foreign agents, including terrorists, and to find out, in that communication, if that foreign agent wants to hurt us. However, sometimes these individuals under surveillance communicate with American citizens, and this surveillance allows the conversations of ordinary citizens to be recorded, and that includes text messages, emails, and the conversation itself. But what many Americans don't realize is these secret communications are not destroyed by the intelligence agencies. They are kept and kept forever. In fact, the government stores this data, and often goes back into that data and searches it, without a warrant, in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, for information on American citizens. What we do with the foreign agents, hey, it is okay. But government then takes that information they have seized on Americans and then goes back and looks through it without a real warrant. That includes the IRS, the FBI. And they get the NSA to give those conversations on Americans, unrelated to the conversation with the terrorist, and they use that information to maybe prosecute them for some unrelated offense years later. Usually, this subsequent search is for reasons wholly unrelated to the original collection. Essentially, the government uses this procedure to spy on Americans who may have done no wrong, and the search is not based on probable cause, not based on a real warrant from a real judge. The National Security Agency is designed to keep a close watch on terrorists and foreign agents, not Americans. NSA surveillance is supposed to keep us safe from those foreign agents who wish to do us harm. But before the Federal Government decides to invade the privacy of Americans, they should obtain a real warrant. Under current law, FISA courts, those are secret courts that operate in secret and issue secret warrants--I have got a whole issue problem with secret courts in this country anyway, based upon the history of the Star Chamber in England. However, those secret courts allow government to search and collect that data, and the FISA courts almost always grant the requested warrant on the foreign agent. Our Founders feared that a government powerful enough to commit unreasonable searches and seizures on Americans should be closely watched. That is why they crafted the Fourth Amendment, to protect our right to privacy. As a former judge, I heard issues on the Fourth Amendment every day. And let me read it again, especially for those folks in NSA. “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, effects''--that would be conversations--``against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated; and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.'' That applies to the NSA. If they can get a warrant from a real judge based on probable cause to search that data on Americans, go for it. But they can't. They just seize the information and peruse it later and get information on Americans and then prosecute them. This kind of reverse targeting on Americans is not what Congress intended under 702 of the FISA authorization bill. Technology may change, but our Constitution never changes, and spying on Americans just has to stop. Americans should not be forced to sacrifice liberty and constitutional rights for security, especially for overreaching Federal bureaucrats. Regardless of the result surrounding the alleged incidental capture of campaign officials' conversations, the American public must realize the implications of this little provision called 702. Reverse targeting of Americans without a search warrant based on the Fourth Amendment has got to stop. Can't do it. But right now Congress has the ability to reform overreaching law as part of the larger FISA reauthorization process that will take place this year. Opponents of 702, the concept that you can't spy on Americans, are wishing for what they call a pure reauthorization of FISA, without any new safeguards. They argue that these mass invasions of privacy will make us safer. Those who preach we must sacrifice the Constitution on the altar of false security are wrong. We must never abdicate our rights because the national spy agency, NSA, demands it. In fact, even a FISA court judge found that NSA analysts had been collecting searches that violate the procedures under FISA ``with much greater frequency than had previously been disclosed to the court''. The FISA court called this a very serious Fourth Amendment issue. Well, no kidding. It is a violation of current law, but the NSA violates current law and spies on Americans. After these findings were released and NSA was caught, the NSA pledged to stop the warrantless surveillance of Americans. But, Mr. Speaker, their promise is useless. FISA and 702 must be fixed by inserting the specific language that prohibits reverse targeting on Americans without a valid search warrant. If government wants information on Americans, get a warrant. Without clear and specific language, our intelligence agencies will continue these unconstitutional searches, even if they promise to end their procedure. But we can't trust the NSA not to spy on Americans, so Congress needs to have an open debate on the spying of Americans and not reauthorize the FISA procedure unless we make sure that the American right of privacy is protected. Congressional action must be taken on this issue. It is time to end spying on Americans. If you want to spy on an American, get a real warrant from the Fourth Amendment. Continue that surveillance of foreign nationals. That is a different issue. But you can't do both. You must protect the American right of privacy. Congress has that obligation because that is our job to enforce the Fourth Amendment right of privacy. And that is just the way it is. Read More

MOBILE WORKFORCE STATE INCOME TAX SIMPLIFICATION ACT OF 2017

2017/06/21

Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of a common sense bill, H.R. 1393 which would set a national standard of 30 days for states to subject non-residents to income tax requirements within that state. Under current law, many of the 41 states with a broad based personal income tax rate subject out of state residents to income tax in that state on the first day they ``work'' in the state. This patchwork of state laws have created a confusing and unworkable nationwide system where individuals who travel to another state for a conference or meeting can find themselves subject to income tax requirements in a state where they only spent Read More

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

2017/06/21

Mr. Speaker, last year Al-Qaeda nearly downed an airliner in Somalia using an explosive disguised as a laptop. This bomb got past X-ray machines and blew a gaping hole in the aircraft. Al-Qaeda has been working for years to create sophisticated explosives that can target airplanes. It came as no surprise that last week the Department of Homeland Security announced new security restrictions on electronics on board certain U.S.-bound flights. These new restrictions are deadly serious. Al-Qaeda has units deployed in places like Syria, Pakistan, and Turkey that are dedicated to planning attacks against the West. The hysteria around this announcement is purely political. Everyone should be concerned about the growing threat from al-Qaeda. We must not allow politics to divide us in the face of a mortal enemy seeking to kill and injure as many Americans as possible. I commend the Department of Homeland Security for responding to crucial intelligence and taking this step to protect the American people. And that’s just the way it is. Read More

LITTLE KIM THE TERRORIST

2017/06/20

Mr. Speaker, North Korea released Otto Warmbier last week after 17 months of imprisonment and torture. Otto returned home in a coma, never again to speak or see his parents. Yesterday, he died--murdered, actually--from brain damage because of the Korean beatings that he endured. North Korea had humiliated Otto for allegedly stealing a pro-government placard, forcing him to publicly beg for forgiveness. Now, these are the tactics of terrorists. We need to ramp up the pressure on North Korea. Three other Americans are still being held in North Korea for apparent political reasons. We must prioritize saving their lives. It is time to call it like it is: designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. Doing so would isolate the country and publicly categorize North Korea with many other rogue nations. The House has already passed my bill to designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. Now the Senate needs to do the same. Little Kim has American blood on his hands. Give him and his outlaw regime the designation it deserves, a terrorist state. And that is just the way it is. Read More

THE CHARITY TRANSPARENCY ACT

2017/06/20

Mr. Speaker, in 2001 the U.S. Government shut down the Texas-based Holy Land Foundation for its role in sending money to Hamas. But some of the Holy Land Foundation’s employees are now working at 501(c)(3) ‘‘charities’’ that are leading the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement in the U.S. against Israel. Charitable American donors have no way of knowing of the questionable histories of some of the employees of these charities before they donate. My bill, The Charity Transparency Act, will require organizations applying for 501(c)(3) status to disclose if any of their key employees once worked for such organizations. It would require no new paperwork and give the IRS no new authorities. It would just require one more disclosure on the already existing IRS documents. It would also not penalize any of these charities. It would simply protect charitable American citizens and arm them with the information they need to make better informed decisions regarding where they donate their hard earned money. I urge my colleagues to support this important bill. And that’s just the way it is. Read More

Terrorism Update: June 19th- June 23rd

2017/06/19

Monday (6.19.17)

  • Italy on Monday arrested a 29-year-old Iraqi asylum seeker for supplying news and materials in support of ISIS and who said those who do not believe in Islam "should have their throats cut." The man sought to convince other asylum seekers living in a state-funded shelter in the southern city of Crotone to "perpetrate acts of violence with terrorist objectives", the police said.
  • A van plowed into worshippers near a London mosque on Monday, injuring 10 people in what Prime Minister Theresa May said was a sickening, terrorist attack on Muslims. Shortly after midnight, the vehicle swerved into a group of people leaving prayers at the Muslim Welfare House and the nearby Finsbury Park Mosque in north London, one of the biggest in the country. The driver, a 48-year-old white man, was grabbed at the scene by locals and pinned down until police arrived.
  • Unidentified gunmen killed four guests at a Mali luxury resort popular with Western expatriates just outside the capital Bamako, and one other guest is still missing, a security source at the scene said on Monday. Security Minister Salif Traore said that "five terrorists were killed" in operations that continued throughout the night.
  • Five female suicide bombers killed 12 people and wounded 11 in northeast Nigeria's Borno state, birthplace of the Islamist militant Boko Haram insurgency, police said on Monday. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks. But the use of female suicide bombers in public places is a tactic used by Boko Haram, which has focused on Borno during its eight-year-old insurgency aimed at creating an Islamic caliphate.
  • At least six police were killed and dozens of people wounded when as many as six gunmen and a suicide bomber attacked a police headquarters in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday morning, officials said. The attack was claimed by the Taliban.
  • Three women were killed and nine wounded after an explosive device detonated in a restroom in a busy upscale shopping center in Colombia's capital on Saturday. President Juan Manuel Santos denounced the attack and promised to bring those responsible to justice. "We won't let terrorism frighten us," Santos said from inside the shopping center.
  • The Russian defense ministry said on Saturday it had killed two ISIS field commanders, named as Abu Omar al-Beljiki and Abu Yassin al-Masri, in air strikes near the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor. The statement came a day after Russia alleged it may have killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in an air strike last month.
  • An Afghan solider opened fire on US troops Saturday at a military base in Balkh province and wounded seven American soldiers. Saturday’s insider attack, also known as green-on-blue attack, is the second of its kind in the last week, and the third reported so far this year.
  • British police said officers guarding one of the gates to the Westminster parliament in central London had fired a stun gun at a man who reached for a knife when they approached him on Friday but it was not initially being considered a terrorist incident.
  • Israeli security forces shot dead three Palestinians who carried out shooting and stabbing attacks in which an Israeli border policewoman was killed in Jerusalem on Friday, police said.ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks.
  • A suspected U.S. drone strike killed two men believed to be al Qaeda militants in southern Yemen late on Friday, residents and local sources said.
  • The U.S. Department of the Treasury designated an ISIS “facilitator, recruiter, and fighter” named Fared Saal as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) on Friday. The designation detailed Saal’s work to recruit potential ISIS members and facilitate their travel to Syria by providing them with specific contacts to reach out to once they arrived in Istanbul.  

Tuesday (6.20.17) 

  • At least 10 people were killed on Tuesday in a car bomb attack on a government building in the Somali capital of Mogadishu that was claimed by al-Qaeda’s Somali affiliate al-Shabaab, a government official said.
  • Egyptian jets bombed a gathering site of Sinai-based Islamist terrorists, killing 12 and destroying several four-wheel-drive vehicles, the military said. The military said that the air strikes "resulted in the killing of 12 highly dangerous ... leaders of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis,” the terrorist group that pledged allegiance to ISIS. It did not say when the aerial bombing took place.
  • Philippine aircraft and troops launched a renewed push against Islamist terrorists in a southern city on Tuesday, and a military spokesman said the aim was to clear the area by the weekend Eid festival, which marks the end of the Muslim holy month Ramadan. Fighting in Marawi City has entered a fifth week, and nearly 350 people have been killed, according to an official count.
  • Taliban gunmen in Afghanistan opened fire on a vehicle taking Afghan guards to work at a U.S. military base killing six of them, the U.S. military said. Afghan officials said eight guards were killed and two wounded.
  • Singapore said it had detained an auxiliary police officer for attempting to undertake armed Islamist violence overseas, and it also banned nine publications by a preacher for containing extremist religious views. The city-state has increased its level of surveillance for Islamist radicalism as concern grows about the spread of ISIS in the region.
  • Pakistani terrorists riding motorcycles killed two naval officers in the restive southwestern province of Baluchistan near the site of a major Chinese-funded project police officials said on Tuesday. A spokesman for the Baluch Liberation Army (BLA) claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • A car bomber blew himself up overnight in a failed attack near a security checkpoint outside the Libyan oil port of Es Sider, a security source and a witness said. Security officials did not say who they thought was behind the attempted attack, which took place a few kilometers from the oil port and caused no material damage.
  • An Iraqi journalist was killed and three French reporters were wounded after a mine exploded in Mosul, where they were covering an advance by Iraqi forces against ISIS militants on Monday.
  • A man deliberately rammed a car carrying weapons and explosives into a police van as it drove in a convoy down Paris's Champs Elysees Avenue on Monday, officials said. The man, who was on a secret service list of people linked to radical Islam, died in the incident and the Paris prosecutor's counter-terrorism unit said it had opened an investigation.
  • On Sunday, Iranian outlets reported that their country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Aerospace Force (IRGC-AF) fired several missiles against “Takfiri terrorists” in the Syrian governorate of Deir ez-Zor. The strikes were reportedly retaliatory in nature, in response to the ISIS’ twin terrorist attacks in Tehran earlier in June.

Wednesday (6.21.17)

  • US Central Command (CENTCOM) confirmed Wednesday that ISIS’ Turki al-Bin’ali was killed in a May 31 airstrike in Mayadin, Syria. As ISIS’ “chief cleric,” al-Bin’ali played a “central role in recruiting foreign terrorist fighters and provoking terrorist attacks around the world,” according to CENTCOM.
  • A suitcase bomb packed with nails and gas bottles could have caused heavy casualties, Belgium's prime minister said on Wednesday, a day after a soldier shot dead a Moroccan national attempting an attack on Brussels' Central Station. A counter-terrorism prosecutor named the dead man only by his initials, O.Z. He was a 36-year-old Moroccan citizen who lived in the Brussels borough of Molenbeek and had not been suspected of terrorist links.
  • The Philippine military said Islamist terrorists fled from a primary school in the south on Wednesday, leaving behind 31 hostages unharmed, including 12 children, after a day-long gunbattle with troops.
  • Dutch police arrested an 18-year-old man suspected of distributing propaganda for ISIS, the national prosecutor’s office said on Wednesday. The suspect was detained last Thursday in the central city of Utrecht on suspicion of spreading violent videos and possibly instructing others on how to make explosives.
  • Suspected Boko Haram terrorists killed two people and wounded six others in an ambush on a police convoy in northeast Nigeria's Borno state on Tuesday, a police spokesman said. The raid was the latest in a spate of attacks in the state, birthplace of the insurgency, over the last two weeks.

 Thursday (6.22.17)

  •  A car bomb exploded outside a bank in Lashkar Gah, capital of the southern Afghan province of Helmand on Thursday, killing and wounding dozens of civilians and members of the security forces waiting to collect their pay, officials said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack but terrorist groups, including the Taliban, have in the past targeted banks where police, soldiers and other government employees collect their pay.
  • The Iraqi government announced today that the Great Mosque of Al-Nuri in Mosul has been destroyed. US Central Command (CENTCOM) subsequently released a statement accusing ISIS of demolishing the holy site. The demolition of Al-Nuri is a milestone in the war against Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s so-called caliphate. Baghdadi delivered his first sermon as “Caliph Ibrahim” from the pulpit at Al-Nuri on July 4, 2014.
  • Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday there was high degree of certainty that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was dead. Moscow said last week its forces may have killed the secretive ISIS leader, but Washington said it could not corroborate the death and Western and Iraqi officials were skeptical.
  • A car bomb targeting a police station killed at least four people in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Thursday, police said. The incident took place at Waberi police station, near Maka al Mukaram road, which is the busiest street in Mogadishu. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
  • The Taliban took control of a district center in the northern Afghan province of Jawzjan over the past 24 hours. The governor of Darzab, the district that fell to the Taliban, confirmed that Taliban fighters overran the district just one day after ISIS fighters attacked the administrative complex. Official reports of casualties during the fighting have not been disclosed. The Taliban said that 17 police and local militia fighters and three Taliban fighters were killed.
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Wednesday it was investigating the stabbing of a police officer inside the main terminal of a small airport in Flint, Michigan as an act of terrorism. The U.S. Department of Justice identified the suspect as Amor M. Ftouhi, 49, of Quebec, Canada. According to a criminal complaint, Ftouhi yelled in Arabic "Allahu akbar" (God is greatest) before stabbing Lieutenant Jeff Neville of the airport's Department of Public Safety.

 

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REP. POE URGES PRESIDENT TO SANCTION MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD AFFILIATES WITH TERRORISM TIES

2017/06/16

Washington, D.C. - Earlier this week, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) called for President Trump to carefully consider the designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorism Organization (FTO) and to instead designate and sanction specific Muslim Brotherhood affiliates under Section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224. “As the Chairman of the Terrorism Subcommittee, I am deeply concerned about terrorism carried out by Muslim Brotherhood affiliates in the Middle East,” said Congressman Poe. “However, I am also aware that certain factions of the Muslim Brotherhood embrace politics over violence, like the affiliate in Tunisia which exclusively participates in the political system. Indeed, Muslim Brotherhood affiliates operate independently of one another and must be dealt with accordingly. The President should instead use Executive Order 13224 to target those affiliates that are directly engaged in terrorist activities. Using this authority allows each individual entity to be sanctioned for their terrorism activity one by one – a more effective tool than a blanket FTO designation.” Read More

Moving forward, not back: The U.S.- Cuba relationship

2017/06/16

In the coming weeks, President Trump is expected to announce the White House’s intentions to roll back our nation’s policies on Cuba. The details of what changes will be made are not known, but the potential economic impact could be significant: a $6.6 billion hit. That’s meaningful to American companies who have begun to make investments and to American workers and farmers supporting exports to a reopened market. It’s time to move forward after nearly six decades of failed policy with Cuba. Read More

POE STATEMENT ON TODAY'S ANNOUNCEMENT ON U.S.-CUBA POLICY

2017/06/16

“Today’s announcement on Cuba sets the U.S. back to the failed policies of the past. To be fair, it was reassuring to see that the U.S. will keep its Embassy in Havana open, not bring back the 'wet foot, dry foot' policy, and allow American airlines to continue their direct flights to Cuba. But, today’s changes will certainly hurt American farmers and job producers. By prohibiting individual educational trips and American companies from engaging with Cuban government entities, we are stifling potential economic growth and restricting the spread of American values. If the US prohibited business transactions with nations that had concerning human rights records, we would lose many of our trading partners. We should apply our standards uniformly. The new policy changes do not punish Cuba, they hurt Americans, American enterprise, and American values." Read More

POE STATEMENT ON THE ATTACK AT THE CONGRESSIONAL BASEBALL PRACTICE

2017/06/14

This morning, James T. Hodgkinson of Illinois opened fire at the Republican team’s practice for the congressional baseball game, a nearly 100 year old bipartisan charity event that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars. This attack was deliberate, and Republican Members of Congress and their staffs were the targets. Five people were wounded, including Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, Zachary Barth with Rep. Roger Williams (TX-25), Matt Mika, Special Agent David Bailey, and Special Agent Crystal Greiner. If it wasn’t for the Capitol Police Officers who were at the baseball practice as part of Whip Scalise’s security detail, many lives could have been lost today. Those officers are heroes. I commend the Capitol Police Department, Alexandria Police Department, and first responders who helped treat the wounded, and I am grateful for their service. I continue to pray for the swift recovery of those wounded this morning. Read More

EXPORT AMERICAN LIQUIFIED NATURAL GAS

2017/06/14

Mr. Speaker, last week, Cheniere Energy, headquartered in Houston, Texas, delivered its first liquefied natural gas shipment out of the Sabine Pass terminal to northern Europe, to the Netherlands, and to Poland. This follows shipments to southern Europe from earlier this year. Put simply, this is a tremendous game changer. Exporting LNG is not just an economic issue, it is a geopolitical security issue. These shipments help thwart Russian aggression and weaken Russia's stranglehold over Europe, and it is about time. Under Secretary Perry's leadership, the Energy Department is finally approving licenses for LNG terminals to ship LNG overseas. Our natural gas is cheaper and more abundant in supply than anywhere in the world. Harnessing our domestic energy resources and exporting some of it to our friends and to our allies around the world makes sense for our economy and for our national security. We should apply the Blue Bell ice cream philosophy to our domestic energy resources. It is: Use what we can and sell the rest. And that is just the way it is. Read More

CONGRESSMEN POE AND COHEN INTRODUCE JANE'S LAW

2017/06/13

Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX), along with Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN), introduced H.R. 2829, “Jane’s Law.” This bipartisan legislation works to close loopholes that allow individuals to cross state lines after a divorce or separation proceeding in order to avoid paying court-ordered distributions. Read More

KEATING, POE SEND LETTER TO TILLERSON REAFFIRMING COMMITMENT TO ARTICLE 5

2017/06/12

Today, Ranking Member Bill Keating and Chairman Ted Poe of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation & Trade sent the attached letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reaffirming their commitment to Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). They were joined by members of the Subcommittee, Reps. Frankel (D-FL), Cook (R-CA), Boyle (D- PA), Zeldin (R-NY), Titus (D-NV), Perry (R-PA), Torres (D-CA), and Schneider (D-IL). Read More

CONGRESSMAN POE ANNOUNCES HIRING OF WOUNDED WARRIOR FELLOW

2017/06/12

Houston, TX- Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) announced the hiring of Viviana Burkett through the House of Representatives’ Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program as a Veterans’ Liaison. “Viviana was hired through the House of Representative’s Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program and was selected after a competitive process for her commitment to ensuring that military and veteran constituents have access to our federal government and the care that they deserve and have earned,” said Congressman Ted Poe. Read More

U.S., West Must Do More to Deny Terrorists Access to Online Social Media

2017/06/12

The terrorist attacks that have swept the United Kingdom mark yet another chapter in the long war by violent Islamist extremists against the free world. Terrorism in Europe is not a new phenomenon. The fact that three attacks have struck Britain in the last three months alone exposes that despite safeguards and a vast understanding of the terrorist threat, much more must be done to defeat these radical killers. Read More

CONGRESSMAN POE AND WAGNER MOVE TO PROTECT VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING

2017/06/08

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) and Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO) introduced H.R. 2803, the Abolish Human Trafficking Act. The bill is a companion to legislation filed today in the Senate by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX). The legislation reauthorizes programs established and modified under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act and the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. “Congress must take a stand for victims of sex trafficking by reauthorizing these important programs that provide support to human trafficking victims,” said Congressman Poe. “Our goal is to break the cycle of exploitation while restoring the lives of these innocent women and children. Our law enforcement must have the proper tools to prevent dastardly criminals from exploiting others, whether they be the buyer or seller. Modern day slavery has no place in America.” Read More

DEBBIE'S KIDNAPPING STORY

2017/06/08

Mr. Speaker, Americans once thought that the horrors of human trafficking were a foreign problem. However, traffickers lurk all around us right here in America. Debbie's mother thought nothing of letting her young daughter meet a friend in front of their yard one night to play. Her mother didn't realize her 15-year-old daughter, who was clad in her cartoon pajamas, was quickly abducted by two men in front of their house. These deviants threw Debbie in the car, drugged her, and gang raped her. They threatened to shoot her if she ever tried to escape. For 60 days she was forced to have sex with countless men. An anonymous tip led police to a hotel room where they found Debbie tied up and stashed under a bed. But many trafficking victims are never rescued. We cannot allow this scourge to continue to rage in America. Our children are not for sale, period. And that is just the way it is. Read More

Hit the Beaches

2017/06/07

Mr. Speaker, at dawn, in the hard cold rain of the choppy English Channel, thousands of men-boys, really--aboard landing craft assaulted the beaches in a place called Normandy, France. They were under brutal enemy gunfire and artillery shelling. That was the morning of June 6, 1944: D-Day. Their buddies, the paratroopers, had earlier, before dawn, landed in France and met the same stiff resistance by the enemy. The Allies were determined to free Europe from the Nazis; and after the gunfire ceased and the smoke cleared, the successful assault that day was costly. At the top of the cliffs of Normandy, among the white crosses and glistening Stars of David, is the national cemetery of America's war dead. There are 9,387 Americans buried there. The average age is 24. They were the initial casualties of the invasion of Europe. More Americans would later die in the great World War II. Today, we remember those who fought on June 6 and other Americans, like my 91-year-old dad, who went to liberate France and not to conquer it. These warriors are the charter members of the Greatest Generation. And that is just the way it is. Read More

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Texas Congressman Ted Poe is a leading advocate in Washington for limited government, free markets, low taxes and individual liberty.

Prior to serving in Congress, Ted Poe served for 22 years as a criminal court judge in Houston where he garnered national media attention for his innovative sentences – dubbed “Poetic Justice.” Prior to that, he served for 8 years in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, where he became the chief felony prosecutor and never lost a jury trial.

Congressman Ted Poe serves on the House Judiciary Committee, and the Foreign Affairs Committee as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade. An outspoken advocate on border security, he travels regularly to the southern border to meet directly with local law enforcement and residents. He also often visits our troops in Afghanistan and around the world. Congressman Ted Poe established the bipartisan Victims’ Rights Caucus (VRC) to advocate on behalf of victims in our nation’s capital. A strong constitutionalist, Congressman Poe stands firmly in the belief of “we the people” not “we the subjects.”


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John Ratcliffe

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Joe Barton

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John Culberson

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Kevin Brady

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Michael McCaul

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