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VIDEO+INFO: Cornyn Supports Families First Coronavirus Response Act

WASHINGTON – Wednesday on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) expressed his support for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to protect the health and safety of Texans and provide much-needed economic relief to those struggling with the impact of this epidemic.

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

“The difficult decisions that need to be made by elected officials and business owners and community leaders when they decide to shut down normal parts of our daily lives; these are not easy decisions for them to make.”

“This is an all-too familiar struggle for millions of Americans who are unable to go to work during this pandemic and are facing serious economic uncertainty about their future. Those in the service industry, especially those who rely on tips, are among the hardest hit. I’m glad to say that soon the Senate will take action to provide additional relief.”

“The Families First Coronavirus Response Act will help protect both the physical and financial health of our country by supporting workers and their families impacted by the virus. It will remove financial barriers for Texans who need access to coronavirus testing regardless of income or insurance coverage.”

“The bottom line is no one will have to pay to be tested for the coronavirus, period. This legislation also includes a range of provisions to provide financial security for those who are unable to work, and that’s because they are protecting the public health. It will create a new federal emergency paid sick leave program for those impacted by the coronavirus. That means that any Texan, any American who’s diagnosed, quarantining, or caring for a dependent who is impacted by this virus will be able to take 14 days of paid sick leave.”

“This bill also makes changes to unemployment insurance. It will temporarily waive requirements for workers to prove that they are actively searching for work during the public health emergency response, and it will provide $1 billion in emergency grants to states to support processing and paying unemployment insurance benefits.”

“This bill also takes serious steps to strengthen food security for those who are struggling with reliable access to healthy meals.”

“This legislation provides a quarter of a billion dollars for the Senior Nutrition Program to provide home-delivered meals to low-income seniors. It also provides a half a billion dollars for federal food stamps.”

“That’s why I plan to support this bill when a vote is scheduled.”

“It’s time to pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and that we provide this needed relief to the American people as soon as possible.”

What the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Means for Texas

The Senate will soon vote on the Families Fist Coronavirus Response Act to help Americans deal with the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act:

  • Ensures no Texan will have to pay for COVID-19 testing by providing $1 billion to pay COVID-19 testing fees for the uninsured and requires all insurance to cover testing fees.
  • Provides 14 days of paid sick leave for Texas workers to cover diagnosis, quarantine, or care for dependents and expands the Family Medical Leave Act to provide 12 weeks of paid leave for workers who need to care for affected dependents due to closures.
  • Expands SNAP benefits to Texas families that depend on reduced or free meals through school, including two-thirds of schoolchildren in the state.  Sen. Cornyn also recently announced that USDA provided Texas with a waiver to allow students to continue to receive free meals despite school closures.
  • Expands access to home delivery meals for the elderly with $240 million so they can remain safely in isolation.
  • Expands unemployment benefits during this time of uncertainty by waiving the work-search requirement so that Texans can practice isolation, and authorizes $1 billion in emergency grants for states and interest-free loans to process and pay unemployment insurance benefits.
  • Takes care of servicemembers and veterans with $82 million for COVID-19 related expenses for military personnel and Dept. of Defense employees and $60 million for veterans’ related medical services.
  • Authorizes an additional $500 million for low-income women and children affected by COVID-19 through the USDA Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program, in which 650,000 Texans are currently enrolled.
  • Provides $400 million for food banks, including the at least 21 food banks in Texas that cover every one of our 254 counties.

Video: Cornyn speaks on current efforts, next steps to address Coronavirus

WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) spoke on the Senate floor Wednesday about his efforts to respond to the Coronavirus outbreak, including Congress’ recent vote for emergency funding and the next steps to address the economic impact.

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

“Hospitals around the state are facing a great deal of pressure and uncertainty surrounding the virus and working to ensure that they are prepared to treat potential Coronavirus patients without impacting their normal operations is an urgent concern. Last week, I helped organize a conference call with the Texas Hospital Association and officials from Health and Human Services and the Texas Department of State Health Services to discuss some of the issues of concern to hospitals serving on the frontline all across our state.”

“Fortunately, the President signed last week an $8.3 billion funding bill to support our nation’s response to the coronavirus. It will send vital funding to treating and preventing the spread of the virus, including the purchase of masks and personal protective equipment, as well as supporting the development of a vaccine. But to the point, the funding bill will also include money for state and local communities, including San Antonio, which have been at the forefront of the battle at home.”

“The next big question on everyone’s mind is how this virus will impact the economy. Yesterday, we had the opportunity to discuss potential options with President Trump and Vice President Pence and Secretary Mnuchin, and we’re continuing to work to identify the best path forward.”

“It’s not a time to play politics. It’s a time for us to work together in the nation’s interest. Keeping the American people safe and healthy and keeping our economy strong should be a shared bipartisan goal. I hope all of our colleagues will keep that in mind, just as we did when we worked with President Obama [during the Ebola outbreak] in 2014.”

“To help communicate what those practices are, as well as other information, my office has created a unique webpage on my official website: cornyn.senate.gov. This will serve as a platform to provide information to all Texans who have questions about the virus.”

Video+Quotes: Cornyn: Key Senate Committee Passes USMCA

WASHINGTON –Tuesday, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) gave the following remarks in advance of the Senate Finance Committee’s passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act.

Excerpts of his interview, as well as the full video clip are below.

“As a Texan, I’ve long understood and appreciated the close economic relationship with our neighbors to the north and the south.”

“In 2018, Texas exported more than $137 billion in goods and services to Canada and Mexico. This trade supports an estimated 950,000 jobs in Texas and has helped make our state’s economy the tenth largest in the world.”

“It brings NAFTA into the 21st century. It will provide economic certainty, reduced tariffs, and greater opportunity for all sectors, including our farmers, ranchers and producers; manufacturers; and goods and services. It’ll provide needed infrastructure along the border, as well.”

“I worked closely with Ambassador Lighthizer and the Administration to secure funding for the North American Development Bank, which I’m glad was included in the agreement. This will provide $215 million to strengthen infrastructure and improve quality of life in our border communities, as well as those of our neighbors.”

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

Video: Cornyn – Impeachment Jeopardizes Bipartisan Action on Drug Pricing, Trade

Wednesday on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed House Democrats’ secretive handling of impeachment proceedings.

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

“We got secret hearings, secret witnesses, secret interviews, and secret meetings.”

“That’s not fair to the… 65 million people who voted for President Trump to try to negate an election through this sort of inappropriate process.”

“When it comes to impeachment, arguably one of the most serious responsibilities under our constitutional for Congress, House Democrats have simply drawn the cloak of secrecy around their investigation.”

“I have no doubt that if the facts were on their side, they would allow this process to be in the open.”

“And if the facts were on their side, they would then hold a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives authorizing this impeachment inquiry, which has been done each time in the past.”

“What they want to do is undo the 2016 election, but you know, they should at least have the courage to do it out in the open.”

“There are a lot of important things we can and should be doing here in Washington.”

“We’ve had many productive hearings and efforts on such important items as trying to reduce mass violence, something that we’re all concerned about; how do we bring down costs and increase choice when it comes to our health care system; how do we improve trade so that the things that we grow and make this America we can sell to markets around the world?”

“House Democrats are full steam ahead on impeachment, which will make it virtually impossible for us to pass productive, bipartisan legislation.”

“Democrats should work with us to pass bipartisan legislation that will actually make our country better off rather than pursuing this purely political agenda of impeachment.”

Video: Cornyn – ‘El Paso, Odessa Shootings demand solutions, not political point-scoring’

WASHINGTON – Monday on the floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed his visits to El Paso and Odessa after last month’s shootings and urged his Senate colleagues to come together on solutions.

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

“In a community as tight-knit as El Paso, the devastation was immeasurable.”

“The day after the shooting, I visited El Paso and met with several of the victims as well as the law enforcement officers responding to the tragedy.”

“Less than a month later, we experienced another shooting.”

“I had the pleasure of thanking the men and women in blue, our law enforcement officers, for their quick response in Odessa and thanked them for the work they do every day.”

“The question is, of course, how did this happen? How can we prevent it from happening again?”

“I’ve been speaking with my constituents as well as colleagues here in the Senate over the last few weeks about what legislative solutions might look like. And I do expect us to have a wide-ranging debate on the subject in the coming days.”

“In the case of the Fix NICS Act, it was able to become law because it had broad support from Republicans and Democrats as well as the President, so this will guide my approach again.”

“I’m not interested in scoring political points or introducing bills so we can pat ourselves on the back and run our next campaign on it. I’m actually interested in trying to solve the problem and saving lives in the process. That’s what we did on the Fix NICS Act.”

“We owe it to all of them and to ourselves to work on solutions to prevent more communities from experiencing these type of tragedies.”

Video+Info: Cornyn – HUMANE Act Would Address Crisis at the Border

WASHINGTON – Wednesday on the floor of the Senate U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) called on Democrats to support a real solution to the humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border, like his HUMANE Act.

Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s floor remarks are below:

“First, we need to get additional funding to the departments and agencies that are trying to manage this crisis and care for the migrants in their custody.”

“Without action here in Congress, funding could dry up by the end of this month, creating an even more dire situation.”

“But that’s not a fix. That’s a patch. Any sort of lasting change cannot be solved by a funding bill or by tariffs. It has to be solved by something only Congress can do, by passing legislation that addresses the root of the problem.”

“The HUMANE Act is bipartisan, it’s bicameral, and it would provide real relief for folks in Texas and other border states who are struggling to manage the crisis.”

“I know most of our Congressional Democratic friends have adopted the posture of reflexively standing against the President on anything and everything that he asks for.”

“I think this is a much better solution than tariffs on Mexican goods brought into the United States.”

“I would urge all my colleagues to take a serious look at the HUMANE Act so we can finally do our part, that only we in Congress can do, to stem the flow of Central American migrants who are flooding our borders and prevent criminals and human smugglers from infiltrating our country as they are doing now.”

Background on the HUMANE Act:

Improving Care of Children and Families at the Border:

  • Requires DHS to keep families together during court proceedings and provide additional standards of care for families being held in DHS facilities*
  • Improves Due Process for unaccompanied children and family units by prioritizing their claims for relief in immigration courts.
  • Provides safeguards to prevent unaccompanied children from being placed in the custody of dangerous individuals.
  • Requires DHS to continually update their regulations to prevent and combat sexual abuse and assault in DHS facilities.
  • Fixes a loophole in current law to allow unaccompanied children from non-contiguous countries to be voluntarily reunited with their families in their home country.*
  • Clarifies that the Flores settlement agreement applies to unaccompanied children apprehended at the border.

 

Streamlining Processing and Increasing Resources at Ports of Entry:

  • Mandates the hiring of additional DHS personnel, upgrades and modernization of our nation’s ports of entry to expedite legitimate trade and travel.
  • Improves processing of humanitarian relief claims by requiring certain applications take place at designated ports of entry.*
  • Requires DHS to establish four or more Regional Processing Centers in high-traffic areas to process and house family units in a humane environment.*
  • Requires the Executive Office for Immigration Review to assign at least two immigration judges to each of the Regional Processing Centers that DHS is required to establish along the southern border.
  • Mandates a strategy and implementation plan from the Department of State regarding foreign engagement with Central American nations.

 

*Recommendation of the bipartisan DHS Homeland Security Advisory Council

 

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

Video+Info: Cornyn introduces ‘Back the Blue Act’ during National Police Week

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, during National Police Week, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) announced that he has introduced the Back the Blue Act. 

The bill would increase penalties against criminals who intentionally target law enforcement officers and provide new tools for officers to protect themselves.

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

“This legislation sends a strong message to the more than 900,000 law enforcement officers serving in our country that we support them and we will not tolerate any act of violence against them, period. In recent years we’ve seen brutal, inexcusable attacks on law enforcement officers across the United States, including one in Texas that entirely rocked our state.”

“This bill makes clear our support for these public servants who dedicate their lives to protecting and serving us.”

Background on the Back the Blue Act:

Strengthens Laws to Protect Police Officers

  • Creates a new federal crime for killing, attempting to kill, or conspiring to kill a federal judge, federal law enforcement officer, or federally funded public safety officer. The offender would be subject to the death penalty and a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years if death results; the offender would otherwise face a minimum sentence of 10 years.
  • Creates a new federal crime for assaulting a federally funded law enforcement officer with escalating penalties, including mandatory minimums, based on the extent of any injury and the use of a dangerous weapon. However, no prosecution can be commenced absent certification by the Attorney General that prosecution is appropriate.
  • Creates a new federal crime for interstate flight from justice to avoid prosecution for killing, attempting to kill, or conspiring to kill a federal judge, federal law enforcement officer, or federally funded public safety officer. The offender would be subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years for this offense.

Creates a Specific Aggravating Factor for Federal Death Penalty Prosecutions

  • Clarifies that the murder or attempted murder of a law enforcement officer or first responder is a statutory aggravating favor for purposes of the federal death penalty.

Limits Federal Habeas Relief for Murders of Law Enforcement Officers

  • Imposes time limits and substantive limits on federal courts’ review of challenges to state-court convictions for crimes involving the murder of a public safety officer, when the public safety officer was engaged in the performance of official duties or on account of the performance of official duties. These changes are consistent with the fast-track procedures created in 1996, which are applied to federal death penalty cases.

Limits Recovery of Certain Damages and Fees for Individuals Engaged in Felonies

  • Limits the type of civil damages and attorney’s fees recoverable by a criminal as a result of purported injuries incurred during the commission of a felony or crime of violence.

Expands Self-Defense and Second Amendment Rights for Law Enforcement Officers

  • Allows law enforcement officers, subject to limited regulation, to carry firearms into federal facilities and other jurisdictions where such possession is otherwise prohibited.

Opens Up Funding to Strengthen Relationships Between Police and Communities

  • Expands opportunities to use grant funding to promote trust and improve relations between law enforcement and the communities they serve

Cornyn chairs hearing to discuss crisis at Southern Border

WASHINGTON – As Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) held a hearing to highlight the humanitarian and security crisis at the southern border and his new legislation, the HUMANE Act, to address it.

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

“The situation unfolding on our southern border is grim. A major increase in unlawful border crossings combined with a drastic shift in migration trends and outdated laws and infrastructure has placed an incredibly great strain on law enforcement, on our legal system, and local border communities.”

“Yet, there are those who still here in Washington choose to ignore the gravity of the situation, or worse, to label it as fake or manufactured.”

“While some may think that the situation is manageable and that time is on our side, I think they’re ignoring reality and I disagree. And I know many of my constituents in Texas feel the same. We’re on the front lines of this, and we’re simply not set up, manned, nor do we have the capacity to absorb this huge wave of human migration coming in all at one time.”

“In response to this worsening situation, last week I, along with my colleague from Laredo, Texas, Congressman Henry Cuellar, a Democrat, introduced the HUMANE Act. The HUMANE Act is, as you can see, a bipartisan, bicameral solution to make the practical necessary reforms to address the loopholes in our laws, ensure that families stay together, and better protect unaccompanied children released from HHS custody. We also adopt several recommendations from the bipartisan DHS Homeland Security Advisory Council, including the establishment of regional processing centers along the border and needed streamlining of processing claims.”

“I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to work with us to try to solve this problem. We need to quit looking at this through a political lens or wait to try to solve what else is broken and needs to be fixed in our immigration system.”

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

Video+Statement: Cornyn – As Much of Mueller Report Should be Public as Possible

WASHINGTON – On Monday, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed the conclusion of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and urged Attorney General William Barr to release as much of the findings to the public as possible under the law.

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

“Any attempts by a foreign government to interfere with our democratic processes, successful or unsuccessful, must not be taken lightly. Though the Special Counsel’s investigation was very targeted and specific, members of the Senate Intelligence Committee on which I serve continue our work to more closely examine the matter”

“After reviewing the Special Counsel’s findings, the attorney general concluded that the Trump campaign did not coordinate with the Russian government in their efforts to influence the election. Based on the reaction since General Barr’s release of his letter, it’s clear that the partisans who will never be satisfied with any results of an investigation will not be appeased by this report from the Special Counsel.”

“I agree with those on both sides of the aisle as well as the president who want the Mueller report to be released publicly. As much of the report as can be released consistent with existing law should be made public so that the American people can read it for themselves.”

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

Cornyn on First Anniversary of Sutherland Springs Background Check Bill Becoming Law

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement ahead of Saturday’s one year anniversary of President Trump signing the Fix NICS Act, led in the House by U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) and former U.S. Rep. John Culberson (R-TX), into law:

“I’ll never forget visiting First Baptist Church a week after the shooting and meeting with members of this tight-knit community. I made a promise that day to do what I could to ensure no other community had to experience something so evil and so horrific.”

“Four days later, I introduced the Fix NICS Act. This law strengthened the background check system to better prevent criminals from obtaining firearms, as was the case in Sutherland Springs. What started as one step toward addressing the holes in the background check system became a big step toward preventing another tragedy.”

“I believe this law will save lives.”

On November 5, 2017, a gunman opened fire on First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 individuals. The shooter, Devin Patrick Kelley, had been convicted of domestic violence while serving in the United States Air Force, a record which should have been uploaded by the Air Force to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

Had the record been uploaded, Kelley would have been prohibited by law from purchasing or possessing a firearm.

Following the shooting, Senator Cornyn introduced the Fix NICS Act on November 16, 2017 to ensure federal and state authorities comply with existing law and accurately report relevant criminal history records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

The bill penalizes federal agencies who fail to properly report relevant records and incentivizes states to improve their overall reporting.  The bill also directs more federal funding to the accurate reporting of domestic violence records.

The Fix NICS Act earned bipartisan support with 77 Republican and Democrat Senators cosponsoring the bill. Editorial Boards across the country from the Wall Street Journal to the Dallas Morning News called on Congress to pass the bill.

It was also supported by a diverse range of victims’ rights groups, law enforcement officers, gun violence prevention groups, and prosecutors including the National Rifle Association, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Fraternal Order of Police, and National Shooting Sports Foundation.

On March 23, 2018, the Fix NICS Act was signed into law by President Trump. Read more about the Fix NICS Act.

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

Video: Cornyn Votes to Secure Border, Calls for Reform of National Emergencies Act

WASHINGTON – Thursday on the floor of the Senate, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed his vote against the Democrats’ attempt to block the President from securing the border and called on Congress to reform the National Emergencies Act.

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

“As I’ve said in the past, I’ll repeat again: what we are doing here today is no one’s first choice.”

“The refusal of Democrats in the House and the Senate to engage in negotiations on border security funding has led us to a 35-day government shutdown. Despite the clear message from border security experts, despite seeing the humanitarian crisis at the border described by President Obama in 2014 get many times worse, our Democratic colleagues decided to play politics instead of dealing with the problem.”

“My preference would be for the normal appropriations process to be used. But when your negotiating partners refuse to take a seat at the table, normal goes out the window. Our colleagues across the aisle left the president with few options to fund what he believed were so important for the nation’s security, and that’s what led us to this situation.”

“It’s clear that the president is operating within the authority that Congress has given to him. You don’t have to like it. You don’t have to agree with it. But it’s clear that the president is operating within the authority Congress delegated to him.”

“I believe there’s a need to rein back in some of the authority that Congress has delegated to presidents, just as an institutional concern, as a constitutional matter. Which I am cosponsoring a bill that has been introduced by our colleague, Senator Lee, which gives Congress a stronger voice in processes under the National Emergencies Act.”

“I think this is an honest and important effort to hopefully help us prevent us from ending up in this predicament in the future.”

“The terrain and the 1,200-mile border between Texas and Mexico vary significantly.”

“What works well in one sector does not work well in another. And what I continue to hear from my constituents, including elected officials at the border, that if this is the border patrol telling us what they need in order to succeed to do the job we have asked them to do, we’re all in.”

“I think we need to take action to adequately fund our border security missions, and I hope our discussions in the coming months will be more productive than they have been so far this year. I will vote against the resolution of disapproval today and encourage my colleagues to instead focus our energy on reforming the legislation that got us into this situation to begin with.”

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

Video: Cornyn – Latest Border Data Confirms a Crisis

During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) delivered remarks on Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) response to human trafficking and illegal immigration across the U.S.-Mexico border.

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

“We know that CBP is facing unprecedented challenges today, and I applaud your efforts as well as the men and women who work with you who are on the front lines of this challenge on a daily basis.”

“We see hashtags that call what the president and others have described as a ‘fake emergency’ at the border. But in order to believe that there’s a fake emergency at the border, you have to be blind to the facts or simply unwilling to listen.”

“I feel particularly strongly about this topic because of where I live and the state I represent. We have 1,200 miles of common border with Mexico.”

“As you know, Mr. Commissioner, CBP announced that more than 76,000 people crossed the border in February alone. 76,000 in one month. This is the largest monthly total in more than a decade.”

“Compared to this time last year, family unit apprehensions have increased 209 percent in the Rio Grande Valley sector. Family unit apprehensions have increased 497 percent in the Del Rio sector. And most staggering, in the El Paso sector, overall apprehensions have increased 434 percent while family unit apprehensions have increased an incredible 1,639 percent.”

“This is not a crisis, people say?”

“I hear absolutely no suggestions from our Democratic friends on how to deal with the causes of these problems.”

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

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Video: Cornyn Calls on Democrats to Return to Negotiating Table on Border Security, Ending Shutdown

WASHINGTON – On the floor of the U.S. Senate, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed the government shutdown and the need for bipartisan negotiation on legislation the president would support.

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

“One of the most important responsibilities of Congress is to fund the vital services provided by our government, and in so doing, provide paychecks to the hardworking public servants who keep the cogs of government turning.”

“This semantic debate has led us to a partial government shutdown now 13 days in without a clear end in sight.”

“Later, the House Democrats will consider a wholly unserious proposal that funds the remaining portions of government without a significant investment in border security. I believe that’s a nonstarter. They know it, and we know it. The president won’t sign it, and so the Majority Leader has said it will not be considered here in the Senate.”

“My constituents… they’re not interested in show votes. They want real border security, something our Democratic colleagues used to support and have voted for time and time again.”

“But the debate has somehow shifted from, ‘How do we solve this problem?’ to ‘Who’s going to win?’ No longer is it a search for solutions. It is about embarrassing your political opponent and scoring points.”

“Rather than working with those with whom we occasionally disagree, members are resorting to guerrilla warfare, almost literally the law of the jungle. This practice is not only unproductive, it prevents us from securing the border and getting those workers impacted by this partial shutdown back to work.”

“It’s going to take a negotiated agreement between the parties, between the houses of Congress, and the president.”

“Democrats in the House should take our colleagues’ wise words to heart and return to the negotiating table with the president.”

“It’s time to wash off the war paint, Madam President. We know how to solve problems when we want to. And as we begin a new Congress, I urge all of our colleagues, both Republican and Democrat, to stop trying to score political points and start being productive and in so doing, govern.”

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

Op-Ed: Video – Senator Cornyn Discusses the Migrant Crisis in Mexico

WASHINGTON – On Thursday on the floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed the migrant crisis at our Southern border. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s floor remarks are below, and video can be found above.

“Coming from Texas, with a 1,200 mile common border with Mexico, caravans are not unheard of. In fact, we have many caravans showing up on a daily basis at border patrol stations: unaccompanied children, families. What has happened is that the cartels – these transnational criminal organizations that have figured out as part of their business model that they can make money by shipping migrants up through Mexico into the United States, or ship drugs up from Mexico into the United States, or traffic in children and women for sex slavery – they figured out they can make money because of the gaps in our border security, because of the characteristics of our law that make it impossible for us to deter many of the immigrants coming from Central America.”

“This is a phenomenon that has been occurring on a daily basis for the foreseeable past, and it’s because of a glitch in our laws that our Democratic colleagues are well aware of, that we’ve tried to fix. But they simply will not cooperate with us in order to fix them.”

“About 40 percent of my constituents in Texas are of a Hispanic origin, many of whom live along that international border, who understand that the cartels that traffic in people, and drugs, and contraband are criminal organizations that threaten their security and safety. So I feel very strongly about this issue.”

“We can’t forget that our border communities are critically important, and any solution we find must somehow balance our normal compassion for people who are vulnerable and people who are seeking a better life, balancing that compassion with the rule of law and our ability to protect our own sovereignty by securing our borders and controlling illegal immigration into the United States.”

“In the coming weeks, I hope we can work with the Administration to determine a course of action that addresses the real needs of legitimate asylum seekers without rewarding illegal activity.”

“We need to send a message that the United States alone cannot bear the burden of this mass migration, and we need to ensure that those who seek to enter the United States do so legally.”

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

Video+Statement: Cornyn – Senate Votes to Advance Kavanaugh Nomination

WASHINGTON –On the floor of the Senate Chambers, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed Friday’s successful vote to advance Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, and detailed the shameful tactics used by Democrats to derail and destroy his nomination.

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

“What the Senate just voted for was to end the games, character assassination, and the intimidation tactics that unfortunately have characterized so much of this confirmation process.”

“The FBI investigation was a useful way to demonstrate to the American people that none of these allegations that have been made against Judge Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct have been proven.”

“There have been seven background investigations by the FBI of Judge Kavanaugh during his public service. The FBI has talked to more than 150 witnesses.”

“I feel badly for Dr. Ford in particular. She wanted none of this three-ring circus. She sent a letter to the ranking member and asked that her identity remain confidential, only to find, after the first confirmation hearing, that it was leaked to the press.”

“When we gave her an opportunity to have a bipartisan, professional investigation staff come out to California and interview her confidentially, she said, ‘nobody explained to me that was an option.’ Well, the lawyers that the ranking member referred her to apparently didn’t even tell their own client that she had the opportunity to avoid this three-ring circus.”

“We decided that Dr. Ford should be given an opportunity to tell her side of the story.”

“Throughout the hearing, we listened to Dr. Ford and we tried to understand what she was telling us.”

“We took her allegations seriously and treated her the same way we would want our wives or our daughters treated.”

“But we know at the end of the day there was no other witness who could corroborate or confirm what she said, even the ones she identified as having been present.”

“The other thing about these allegations made against Judge Kavanaugh is they are completely out of character.”

“We all had a chance to read the FBI report which failed to corroborate Dr. Ford’s allegations, and then today we did exactly what we needed to do, which is to vote. To stop the circus, stop the hijinks, stop the character assassination, and vote. So I’m glad our colleagues decided to close off debate.”

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

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