The Federal government exists for two purposes: to preserve the Union and protect our rights.
Under our republican form of government, "We the People" elect representatives to serve in Congress for the purpose of voting for legislation that reflects our will. The actions of Congress must conform to the powers expressly granted to it in the Constitution.
Regarding national security, the Constitution gives Congress the following power:
Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 - To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water.
Article I, Section 8, Clause 12 - To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years.
Article I, Section 8, Clause 13 - To provide and maintain a navy.
Article I, Section 8, Clause 14 - To make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces.
Article I, Section 8, Clause 15 - To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions.
Article I, Section 8, Clause 16 - To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress.
As a U.S. Senator from Texas, a Vietnam-era U.S. Marine veteran, and a believer in the strict construction of the Constitution, I will:
- Vote to declare war, if actionable intelligence specifically identifies an enemy who presents a direct threat to the security of the United States of America, and if there is a plan in place to swiftly, surely and sufficiently defeat such enemy.
- Vote to defend America's allies, in accordance with applicable treaties.
- Vote against the unconstitutional Authorized Use of Military Force (AUMF).