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Video: Senator Cornyn Votes For ‘Secure and Succeed Act’

WASHINGTON –  On Thursday, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) voted for the Secure and Succeed Act, a proposed solution for DACA recipients that provides a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million young adults and strengthens border security.

Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks from the Senate floor just before the vote are below, and video of his remarks can be found above.

“It is a good starting point because it could actually be signed into law and solve the challenge we promised to address.”

“It would provide them a predictable and productive future. I’m glad to be a cosponsor of this legislation which is called the Secure and Succeed Act. It does… provide a pathway to citizenship for an estimated 1.8 million people who are DACA eligible.”

“Just as importantly, this bill provides a real plan to strengthen border security, utilizing more boots on the ground, better technology, and additional infrastructure, and enhance and modernize our ports of entry.”

“On Tuesday the Majority Leader tried twice to open the debate and start voting, but both times there were objections heard by our Democratic colleagues. This despite their repeated promises over the years to address the DACA issue once and for all.”

“I believe sincerely that Republicans and Democrats alike both want to provide certainty to these DACA recipients, but we’ve got to address the underlying problems with our border security and our flawed immigration system as well.”

“We know the clock is ticking.”

“We don’t hold children responsible for their parents’ mistakes, and that’s why we should embrace this proposal.”

“There are about 124,000 DACA recipients in my state of Texas, and I will proudly cast a vote soon to ensure that they stay here and contribute to our schools, our churches, and our communities. We are a nation of immigrants.”

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Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Finance, Intelligence, and Judiciary Committees.

 

Op-Ed – Cornyn: One Million Americans Getting Raises or Bonuses After Tax Reform

WASHINGTON –Tuesday on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed the benefits workers in Texas and across the nation will receive as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his remarks can be found above                                                                       

“More than 100 companies have announced they will give wage increases, they’ll increase their charitable contributions, and will give out bonuses to their employees. One million Americans are receiving money they previously didn’t have, thanks to passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.”

“In some places, we’re learning that families will enjoy lower utility rates based on what gas and electric companies are doing for their residential customers in light of their new tax savings. In places like Michigan, Montana, Minnesota, Kansas, Kentucky, South Dakota, and Arizona, the utility regulators in those states are looking at the tax reduction of those investor-owned utilities and how that will calculate into the rate of return that they are guaranteed under the law.”

“We should listen to the voices of the job creators like one in New Braunfels, which is between Austin and San Antonio, called Rush Enterprises. Rush Enterprises specializes in commercial vehicles and it reported last month that it planned to give each of its 6,600 employees a $1,000 bonus after President Trump signed the tax reform bill into law.”

“I couldn’t be prouder of that demonstration of the great Texas spirit: employers paying it forward. This gentleman went on to say that his company believes tax reform will be beneficial not only for his office and his employees, but also for his community and for overall economic growth.” 

“I look forward to hearing many more such stories in the days ahead.”

 

Video+Story – Cornyn: Tax Bill Written with Middle Class Families in Mind

WASHINGTON –On the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed the importance of tax reform to helping middle class families keep more of their hard earned money.

Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his remarks can be found above.

“We set about reforming our tax code with three goals in mind… How do we simplify the code? How do we let people keep more of what they earn, more take-home pay, a better standard of living, and how do we make America’s economy more competitive?”

“You would think those would be the sorts of things that our friends across the aisle would want to work with us on, but apparently not. Instead, what we get is these sort of reckless and really buffoonish sort of allegations.”

“The simple truth is that the Senate bill will lower tax bills on millions of working-class Americans. It will lower taxes, not raise them, on the working class. Again, by nearly doubling the standard deduction and lowering rates across the board and doubling the child tax credit, the Senate tax reform plan will lower taxes for every income group. The Senate tax plan was written with working families in mind.”

“A family of four earning a median income of about $70,000 will see a $2,200 savings in their tax bill each year. It may be easy for folks living in the rarefied air in Washington, D.C. to shrug that off and say, ‘$2,200 is no big deal to me.’ But to the people I represent, $2,200 tax savings a year is a big deal.”

Video+Story: Cornyn Announces Bill to Strengthen Background Check System

Wednesday on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) announced plans to introduce legislation that would incentivize federal agencies, including the military, to expeditiously and efficiently upload the already-required criminal conviction records into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

Sen. Cornyn previously introduced the Mental Health and Safe Communities Act, a bill to encourage states and agencies to upload more mental health records into NICS and to improve crisis response by law enforcement. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his remarks can be found above.

“One woman who’s lived in Sutherland Springs for nearly 70 years described the community as a place where everybody knew everybody.” 

“No community finds it easy to deal with unexpected heartbreaking losses like this. But the fact that this crime involves so many tightly-knit friends and neighbors and occurred in a house of worship on a Sunday morning and harmed so many innocent children makes the task much, much harder. As each new detail emerges from what is still an ongoing investigation, we need to study the whole puzzle, ask ourselves how did this happen, why so many lives were lost and what if anything could have been done to prevent it. We know, for example, that the gunman was court martialed by the Air Force and convicted of serious domestic abuse, fracturing the skull of his own son.” 

“This critically important information from the suspect’s criminal history was not uploaded into the relevant background check databases, even though a federal law clearly requires that it be done.” 

“Because there was no record of it, he was able to lie his way into getting these firearms. This is very clearly a problem, and the Air Force has now admitted that Kelley’s conviction should have barred him from ever purchasing or possessing firearms.” 

“I plan to introduce legislation, and I’d be happy to work with my colleague from Connecticut, to ensure that all federal departments and agencies, including the Department of Defense, upload the required conviction records into the national database.” 

“We can make the federal agencies do it.” 

“According to the Department of Justice, the number of these records that are actually uploaded is staggeringly low. That is unacceptable and it must change.” 

“We need to better understand why our existing laws didn’t work in this instance and that’s what my proposed legislation will do.” 

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