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Senator Cornyn Demands Answers on DOJ’s Proposed Firearm Tracking Technology

Eric HolderI sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding answers about the Department of Justice’s exploration of “smart gun” technology. Earlier this month, the Attorney General testified before the House of Representatives that DOJ is looking into new technologies that could raise constitutional concerns, including requiring firearms to contain biometric equipment that could store or transmit the personal identifying information of American citizens.   Read more »

at Apr 17, 2014 9:12 AM
       

Senator Cornyn Honors the Civil Rights Act

I issued the following statement honoring the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, which is being celebrated at this week’s Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas:

With the signing of the Civil Rights Act nearly 50 years ago, President Johnson brought together Americans of all walks of life to make a solemn, public vow to at long last uphold the work of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Hector P. Garcia, Barbara Jordan and the many civil rights leaders who

at Apr 10, 2014 1:26 PM
       

Cornyn Introduces Bill To Protect Taxpayers From IRS Targeting

I issued the following statement after introducing The Eliminating Improper & Abusive IRS Audits Act of 2014 to provide further accountability and greater taxpayer protection against IRS abuse:

As we approach the deadline for this tax season, Americans are more skeptical than ever of the IRS after the gross violations of public trust that have come to light over the past year.   Read more »

at Apr 7, 2014 5:18 PM
       

Cornyn, Colleagues Call on the President to Cancel All Contracts with Russian Arms Firm

I joined with colleagues Thursday in sending a letter to President Obama, calling for sanctions on the Russian arms dealer Rosoboronexport. The letter outlines the egregious human rights violations that Rosoboronexport has engaged in, and calls for a ban on contracts with the company as a consequence of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.

The letter is signed by Senators Cornyn (R-TX), Coats (R-IN), Blumenthal (D-CT), Murphy (D-CT), Boozman (R-AR), Risch (R-ID), Vitter (R-LA), Wicker (R-MS), Ayotte (R-NH) and Kirk (R-IL). The full text of the letter is below:

March 27, 2014   Read more »

at Mar 28, 2014 9:32 AM
       

Cornyn: Democrats Have Given Up Legislating

I responded on the Senate floor to the agenda unveiled today by Senate Democrats amid concern they could lose their majority in November.

To put it in a word, they've given up. They've given up legislating and are going to spend the next several months holding a series of show votes, which are in essence those designed to highlight poll-tested messages. I would think the American people would expect and certainly they would deserve better than that from the United States Senate.   Read more »

at Mar 26, 2014 3:23 PM
       

How to Maximize Our Leverage with Putin

Sometimes it takes a sudden, flagrant breach of the international order to dispel a president’s naïveté about a foreign adversary. The 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan had that effect on President Carter. One can only hope that Russia’s annexation of Crimea will have a similar impact on President Obama.

As recently as September, the president was still trumpeting his Russian “reset” as a success -- which is to say, he was still calling the reset a success even after the Putin-Medvedev regime had (1) brutalized domestic human-rights activists,

at Mar 25, 2014 8:25 AM
       

Sen. Cornyn Pays Tribute To Medal Of Honor Recipients

I made the following statement in honor of the 24 veterans, including several Texans, who will be awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest commendation for combat valor, today at the White House. 

Today is a proud day for these heroes, their families and the great state of Texas. Many who are being honored today gave selflessly

at Mar 18, 2014 4:06 PM
       

Happy Texas Independence Day

I rise today to commemorate a very special day in Texas history, and I would say in American history, a day that inspires pride and gratitude in my state. I rise to commemorate Texas Independence Day, which is celebrated on March 2.

Many of the Texas patriots who fought in the revolution went on to serve in the United States Congress, and I'm honored to hold the seat originally held by then-general Sam Houston, but later President of the Republic and United States Senator for Texas.   Read more »

at Mar 2, 2014 6:40 PM
       

IRS Should Not Become A Campaign-Finance Regulator

I spoke on the Senate floor yesterday against a proposed rule from the IRS targeting 501(c)(4)s that would effectively make the IRS a campaign-finance regulator.

We already have an agency responsible for enforcing campaign finance rules. It’s called, strangely enough, the Federal Election Commission. And it’s a strictly bipartisan institution, as it should be.   Read more »

at Feb 28, 2014 8:51 AM
       

Cornyn Calls on Democrats to Protect Seniors

I spoke on the Senate floor yesterday, urging Senate Democrats to protect seniors from Medicare cuts to fund Obamacare. The Administration is making changes to Medicare Advantage that will cause premiums to increase, reduce choices and result in seniors losing access to the health care plans they were promised they could keep.   Read more »

at Feb 26, 2014 12:09 PM
       

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