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During Super Bowl Week, Cornyn Calls for Senate Action to Fight Human Trafficking

When many people hear about human trafficking, you think about something that doesn't happen here in America; it happens somewhere else.

You might envision brothels in foreign cities or girls being smuggled across other borders, but the sad reality is, human trafficking is a problem all across the United States and at all times of the year.   Read more »

at Jan 27, 2015 4:25 PM

Time For President to Listen To The American People, Approve Keystone

It’s ironic in a lot of ways because the President came to the people's House to give his State of the Union speech. That's the House of Representatives. But his speech was anything but ‘for the people.’

At least to my mind, reality wasn’t what was driving the President's remarks. If it was, he would have focused on the biggest concerns that Americans have right now.   Read more »

at Jan 23, 2015 8:44 AM

Senator Cornyn: President’s Address A Divorce From Reality

Just a couple of months ago the President said his policies were on the ballot. And they were resoundingly rejected. The American people know better and this kind of spin and cheerleading really ignores the fact that wages have been flat, primarily because the economy has not grown in large part because of the policies of the President.   Read more »

at Jan 21, 2015 5:01 PM

Senator Cornyn on the President’s Call for Hundreds of Billions in New Taxes, Spending: “Enough is Enough”

Sadly, the President has doubled down on the same agenda, which in his own words was on the ballot this last fall and was soundly rejected. But this agenda and these policies are not only wrong for America today, they're certainly wrong for the America of our future.

Future generations deserve a country that provides them more opportunity than our parents had or than we had.

at Jan 20, 2015 9:58 PM

Senator Cornyn Bill Would Eliminate Obamacare’s IPAB

Obamacare is a terribly misguided and fundamentally flawed law that is negatively impacting Texans and Americans across the country. This bill tackles one of the law’s most egregious flaws and starts the process of putting health care decisions back in the hands of patients. Seniors and their families deserve to be in control of their health care decisions, not at the mercy of a board of unelected bureaucrats who think they know best.   Read more »

at Jan 9, 2015 9:31 AM

Obama Keystone Veto Threat Cause For Whiplash

I made the following remarks today in response to President Barack Obama’s promise to veto a bill with bipartisan support that would authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The veto threat comes only weeks after the President committed to working with the new Congress.

Listening to President Obama you could almost get whiplash. On one hand he said he wants to work with the new Republican majority in the House and the Senate; on the other hand, as the Majority Leader has

at Jan 7, 2015 5:14 PM

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


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