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.”


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