The primary role of government is the protection and security of its people. As recent terrorist attacks remind us, America has many enemies who are continually trying to undermine the enduring ideals our nation represents. It is imperative we remain diligent in our fight and always remember the sacrifice of our soldiers stationed around the world and their families.
Another aspect of national security I encounter from my position on the House Judiciary Committee is our immigration system. Our current system is a risk to national security. For example, of those immigrants who are unlawfully present in the US, 30 to 40 percent entered through legal means but then overstayed their visas. Not only should we be concerned with who is entering the country but, just as importantly, we need to know who is exiting—or not exiting—this country. We can strengthen border security and better equip our law enforcement officials at all levels to detain and remove individuals who pose a threat to local communities and national security.
As we protect our national security, we must be mindful to balance individual privacy rights with public safety. Recent revelations regarding government abuses under the guise of national security illustrate the need for robust oversight and transparency within our national security apparatus. We must address these abuses and work to ensure our national security and restore faith in government. Toward that end, I have sponsored legislation to expand the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board’s authority to play a watchdog role over surveillance conducted for purposes beyond counterterrorism and modernize our email privacy laws.
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Washington, DC - Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-04) sent a letter signed by 51 members of the U.S. House of Representatives to U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker and Ranking Member Bob Menendez in support of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Michael Pompeo for United States Secretary of State.
Excerpts from the letter:
Washington, DC - Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-04) released the following statement regarding the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence's investigation into Russian interference in our 2016 election:
Washington, DC – Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-04) released the following statement after Mike Pompeo was nominated to be Secretary of State:
“Mike Pompeo is smart, hardworking, and uniquely qualified to serve as our next Secretary of State. From his time at West Point, to the private sector, to Congress, and most recently as the Director of the CIA, Mike has excelled at every responsibility given to him. The quality of his service is matched only by his commitment to the safety and betterment of our country. I look forward to his confirmation as Secretary of State."
Washington, DC - Last night, Rep. Gowdy (SC-04) joined Martha MacCallum on Fox News to discuss the House Intelligence Committee's investigation.
Congressman Trey Gowdy partnered with health and law enforcement officials to educate the public on the rise of human trafficking in the Upstate at a symposium Friday.
The congressman addressed a packed conference room of healthcare professionals, clergy, teachers and law enforcement, educating attendees on how to identify and report incidents of human trafficking.
Gowdy, a 4th District Republican whose district includes parts of Spartanburg and Greenville counties, said the Upstate has seen an increase in activity due to its proximity between Charlotte and Atlanta.
Washington, DC - Last night Rep. Gowdy (SC-04) joined Tucker Carlson on Fox News to break down the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russia, President Trump's wiretap allegations, government surveillance of American citizens and the unmasking of U.S. citizens. Watch the full interview below.
Washington, DC - Rep. Gowdy, a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), questioned FBI Director Comey during the House Intelligence Committee's hearing on Russian active measures during the 2016 election campaign. In case you missed it, watch his second round of questioning below.