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Cornyn Introduces Bill to Protect Association Health Plans

WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) joined a group of colleagues to introduce legislation to prevent thousands of people from losing their health care coverage after a federal judge struck down the Department of Labor’s Association Health Plans rule.

“Association Health Plans make it easier for small business owners in Texas to offer coverage to employees at an affordable cost,” said Sen. Cornyn. “After hearing from many Texans who rely on these plans, I was proud to partner with my colleagues to help maintain access to affordable and reliable health care options.”

The rule made it easier for small businesses to band together to provide their employees with comprehensive and affordable health insurance that has the same consumer protections that apply to large employer health plans.  The legislation, led by Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), would ensure the new pathway remains available for small businesses to offer Association Health Plans under the Department of Labor’s final rule.

In Texas, several Chambers of Commerce take advantage of Association Health Plans including the Texas Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, the Longview Chamber of Commerce, the Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce, and the North Texas Employer Co-op which is comprised of Chambers of Commerce from Grapevine, Arlington, Colleyville, Coppell, Corsicana, Denison, Denton, and DeSoto.

Association Health Plans are intended to allow small businesses to group together and leverage power in numbers to obtain comprehensive and affordable health insurance as though they were a single large employer. The coverage offered to association members is subject to the consumer protection requirements that apply to the nearly 160 million Americans who receive coverage from large employers.

Roughly 30 Association Health Plans have formed under the rule so far. According to the Congressional Budget Office, about 4 million people are expected to enroll in an Association Health Plan by 2023, including 400,000 who would otherwise be uninsured.

The legislation was also cosponsored by Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Mike Braun (R-IN), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Martha McSally (R-AZ), John Thune (R-SD), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Tim Scott (R-SC), Joni Ernst (R-IA), David Perdue (R-GA), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Steve Daines (R-MT).

Hurd, Cornyn, Cruz Support Texas Food Banks; Send Letter to USDA

This week, Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) along with U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue urging the USDA to assist with administrative and logistical costs associated with excess food donations to food banks.

“More than four million fellow Texans do not know where their next meal will come from and food banks play a critical role in providing nutritious meals across South and West Texas, especially in rural areas. We must make sure that all the food donated to food banks can be processed and allocated effectively so that these children, families and seniors do not go without,” said Hurd.

“I appreciate the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank, which serves over 90,000 families across three counties of the 23rd District of Texas for bringing this issue to my attention, and I will continue to do all that I can to better the lives of South and West Texans.”

The issue of food banks not having the resources to fully utilize increased donations was presented to Cornyn and Hurd while volunteering at the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank in early October.

Full text of the letter can be found here.

Cornyn on Fox: Senate Tax Reform Proposal Will Bring Companies, Jobs Back from Overseas

On Wednesday U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) appeared on Fox News’ Your World with Neil Cavuto to discuss the Senate Finance Committee’s markup of tax reform legislation.

Excerpts from his appearance are below, and video can be found above.

“Repealing the regressive individual mandate tax, which is primarily paid by low-income Americans, does provide additional revenue for us to use to bring down middle class tax rates.”

“We can make the individual tax cuts permanent if our Democratic colleagues would join us in trying to pass a bipartisan bill, but they made it pretty clear that they have no interest in that, so we’re stuck with just doing it for the ten-year budget window using this process.”

“We do provide a tax rate cut. And you’re right, we do repeal the deductibility of state and local taxes… If we can, by eliminating the state and local tax deduction, we can get rates lower and the economy going again, then everybody benefits.”

“What we’re told is that because of lower tax rates in countries like Ireland, that this is causing those companies to move their headquarters offshore and make investments there… We want to provide every incentive to bring that money here to make those investments here and to create jobs here.”

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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