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Cornyn Votes to Keep Government Open

I issued the following statement after voting to prevent another government shutdown:

A broken process created by years of Senate Democrat control has yielded an agreement that is less than perfect.

Despite this, this legislation slashes spending for some of the President’s most overreaching agencies like the IRS and EPA, blocks the Administration’s plan to transfer dangerous terrorists onto American soil, and alleviates small businesses from some of the job-killing regulations stifling growth across the country.   Read more »

at Dec 14, 2014 3:22 PM

One Step Closer to Justice for Fort Hood Victims

I spoke on the Senate floor today on a provision in the FY2015 Defense Authorization bill making victims of the November 2009 terrorist attack at Fort Hood eligible to receive the Purple Heart. 

“Shortly after the attack, it became clear that Hasan was motivated by the same poisonous ideology that spurred the attacks on September the 11th, 2001.

at Dec 11, 2014 1:58 PM

Senator Cornyn: Democrats Should Thank, Not Vilify, Intelligence Community

Editor's Note: U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement after Democrats on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released their report on enhanced interrogation techniques employed by the nation’s intelligence community:

This report is troubling for a variety of reasons, most of which are not found in its pages. Enhanced interrogation techniques employed by members of our intelligence community saved American lives, and Senate Democrats should thank these brave men and women who worked to protect us – not vilify them.   Read more »

at Dec 10, 2014 10:06 AM

Senate Passes Cornyn, Leahy FOIA Improvement Act

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) hailed the Senate’s passage Monday of historic legislation that strengthens the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the nation’s premier open government law.

The FOIA Improvement Act of 2014, which was approved unanimously by the Judiciary Committee last month, requires Federal agencies to operate

at Dec 8, 2014 5:18 PM

Thankful For Those Who Serve

As Texans gather with our loved ones and friends in the coming days to celebrate Thanksgiving, I am reminded that so many of our blessings would not be possible without the contributions of our men and women in uniform—past and present—and the families who support them from the homefront.

From a young age, I was fortunate to learn the value of military service from my father, a career Air Force officer who served as a B-17 pilot in World War II. On his 26th mission over Germany, he was shot down by the Nazis and spent several months in a POW camp before General Patton’s troops freed him

at Nov 26, 2014 11:13 AM

Chuck Hagel Resigns as Secretary of Defense

Today, the President announced Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is resigning:

While I thank Secretary Hagel for his service to our country, I strongly urge the President to nominate someone who can secure the broad base of bipartisan support needed to serve effectively in this critical position.   Read more »

at Nov 24, 2014 12:49 PM

Senator Cornyn Elected Senate GOP Whip for 114th Congress

Today U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement after being selected by his colleagues to serve as the Senate Republican Whip in the 114th Congress:

I’m humbled to have been chosen by my colleagues to help lead the new majority in the U.S. Senate, and I pledge that those fundamental Texas values of personal liberty and limited government will continue to be my guide.   Read more »

at Nov 13, 2014 3:36 PM

New GOP Senate Majority an Opportunity to Work Together

What happened on November the 4th was the beginning of an opportunity, an opportunity we have, working together, to restore faith in our democratic institutions, to restore strong growth to our economy and to restore a sense of purpose and principle to U.S. foreign policy.

Starting with the incoming Majority Leader, my good friend, the senior Senator from Kentucky, Republicans have been entrusted by our fellow citizens to lead this chamber next year. We understand that the American people sent a strong message on November 4th that they were enormously frustrated by what they saw as

at Nov 12, 2014 3:56 PM

Sen. Cornyn Honors Our Nation’s Veterans

Our veterans and their family members have gone to every length to defend our nation and protect their fellow men and women, and nowhere is that level of commitment stronger than here in the great State of Texas. Home to nearly 1.7 million veterans and some of the nation’s largest and most important military bases, the Texas military community is a source of pride for all Texans.

Sadly, events of the past year have shown us that too many of our veterans in Texas and across the country have not been treated with the dignity and care they so rightly deserve. Nothing should be put above the needs

at Nov 11, 2014 8:29 AM

Senator Cornyn to President: Work with GOP on Immigration Reform

The American people sent a strong message Tuesday that they want Washington to work together, and I made clear to the President that we should tackle immigration reform together on a step-by-step basis, beginning with border security and respect for the rule of law.

Unfortunately the President's promise to unilaterally go around Congress ignores the message voters sent on Election Day. It is my sincere hope that he will reverse course and work with us – not around us – to secure the border and achieve real reforms to our immigration system.   Read more »

at Nov 8, 2014 8:52 PM


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