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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.”


Making Re-Election Bid Official, Cruz Talks Taxes and Brushes Off Competition

HOUSTON — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, made his re-election bid official Saturday, brushing off his competition’s criticisms and looking to keep focus on the Republican agenda in Congress.

Surrounded by a small group of supporters, Cruz filled out paperwork to file for re-election at the Harris County GOP headquarters in his hometown here. He made the appearance just hours after the Senate passed a sweeping tax reform bill, which he hailed as a “major turning point” as Republicans work to make good on their promises ahead of the 2018 elections.

As he seeks a second term, Cruz faces a Democratic opponent in U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of El Paso and a few lesser-known primary challengers. All of them are going after Cruz as an absentee senator who turned his attention away from Texas when he ran for president in 2016 — criticism that Cruz dismissed Saturday.

“Well, it is hardly news that political opponents are launching attacks,” he told The Texas Tribune after filing. “I think that is a predictable part of the democratic process. I believe the people of Texas are going to hold every elected official accountable. Did you do what you said you would do?”

First elected in 2012, Cruz insisted that he has worked to keep his initial promises to Texas voters “every day in the United States Senate — and for that matter, every day running for president last year.”

Since the election of President Donald Trump last year, Cruz has emerged a close ally of his 2016 primary rival on issues ranging from health care to judicial appointments. Asked Saturday if he’d welcome Trump’s support for re-election, Cruz steered the conversation back to Republican efforts in Congress.

“I recognize the folks in the media love to obsess over the horse race and the latest political ups and downs,” Cruz told the Tribune. “I try to stay out of the battles of personality and focus on results.”

In extensive remarks to supporters after signing the paperwork, Cruz extolled the highlights of the tax bill, which includes a repeal of a key part of President Obama’s signature health law that Cruz said would hopefully lead to a renewed effort to unwind the law next year. It also features an amendment from Cruz that would allow parents to use tax-advantaged “529” college savings plans for K-12 education. Vice President Mike Pence had to cast a tie-breaking vote for the amendment.

Read related Tribune coverage:

  • A half-dozen members of the Texas congressional delegation have already given up their seats — and the elections haven’t even started yet. This cycle could see more changes than a redistricting year, when disruption is the norm. [Full story]
  • U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas raised over $2 million for his re-election campaign and its allied groups in the third quarter, his team announced Wednesday, more than his Democrat U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke who is vying to unseat him. [Full story]
  • As the high-profile race between U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke gains steam, the way the two Texans have approached funding their campaigns could set their race apart nationally. [Full story]

Author:  PATRICK SVITEK – The Texas Tribune

Cornyn Praises Senate Passage of Bill Encouraging Law Enforcement to Hire Vets

WASHINGTON – Wednesday on the Senate Floor as National Police Week continues, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) praised the Senate’s passage of the American Law Enforcement Heroes Act, bipartisan legislation he introduced with Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (TX-23) to incentivize law enforcement agencies to hire military veterans.

Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below:

“Last night the Senate passed a piece of legislation, bipartisan legislation, called the American Law Enforcement Heroes Act, and it’s a great example of legislation that everyone can agree on and get behind. The main goal is to connect veterans, those who served in our military and have a passion for public service, to opportunities in state and local law enforcement.”

“That way those who have voluntarily put themselves in harm’s way to keep the peace and promote American interests abroad and defend our homeland can continue the record of public service at home.”

“By prioritizing existing federal funds for state and local law enforcement agencies to hire veterans, we can better serve them as they transition into civilian life, which we know can be a challenging transition. But that’s exactly what the American Law Enforcement Heroes Act, that we passed yesterday, does.”

“Let me express my gratitude to the Senior Senator from Minnesota, Senator Klobuchar, as well as the Senior Senators from Connecticut and California, all Democratic colleagues, for being my original cosponsors on the bill. And I’m grateful to my Republican colleagues, including Senator Cruz, the Junior Senator from North Carolina, and the Senior Senators from Iowa, Utah, and Nevada, for working with us on this legislation.”

“I look forward to this bill becoming a law, hopefully this week, as we continue to celebrate Police Week and honor the service of the men and women in blue who keep our communities safe, and making it clear that this Congress cares not only about our veterans, but also our law enforcement officials as well.” 

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