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Senator Cornyn Introduces Bill To Boost Transparency Of Endangered Species Listings

Today, I introduced legislation to dramatically boost transparency of the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service’s listing process for endangered species. This legislation stands as the Senate companion to H.R. 4315, introduced by U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee. The legislation would require the Secretaries of the Interior and Commerce departments to make the best scientific and commercial data publicly available on the Internet as it relates to future listings and de-listings under the Endangered Species Act.   Read more »

at Jul 22, 2014 3:57 PM
       

Texas Must Take Urgent Action on Migrant Children Crisis

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and I authored the following op-ed today in The Houston Chronicle:

It is no secret that we come from different political parties and differ on many issues. But we are Texans and we know that with the responsibility of public office comes the duty to take action when others will not - to find solutions for the problems facing our state.   Read more »

at Jul 16, 2014 10:15 AM
       

What The President Would Have Seen Had He Made Time To Visit TX Border

Why the President persists in his refusal to travel to the border really is beyond my imagination. The fact that the President has himself described it as a humanitarian crisis makes this even more strange. People can infer whatever they want to about his potential motivations.   Read more »

at Jul 10, 2014 4:50 PM
       

Dallas is Not on the Border Mr. President

Given the White House's recent announcement that the President refuses to visit the Rio Grande Valley this week, it unfortunately appears that my request will fall on deaf ears and therefore suggests to the American people that either the President doesn't really understand this border crisis or he simply doesn't care.

I've been with the President after the tragic shootings at Fort Hood in 2009 and in this last year. I have been with the President at the memorial service in West, where first responders

at Jul 10, 2014 12:29 PM
       

Senator Cornyn: Border Visit Would Be “Wakeup Call” for the President

I spoke on the Senate floor today on the humanitarian crisis at the border and urged President Obama to visit the border during his upcoming trip to Texas. 

I recently visited McAllen, Texas myself a week ago today, and it is heartbreaking to see these young children without their parents.

at Jul 7, 2014 4:39 PM
       

Obama "Doubling Down" on Governing by Fiat

Recent comments from President Obama and White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest indicate that the White House will continue to bypass Congress and address the humanitarian crisis on our southern border using executive actions:

During a week when the Supreme Court unanimously rebuked the President’s overreach, you would think he would show some humility and work with Congress on a solution to the crisis on the border, one that he created. Sadly, he appears to be doubling down on his efforts to govern by fiat.   Read more »

at Jun 30, 2014 10:19 AM
       

Cornyn Introduces Bill to Prohibit IRS Bonuses, Force Agency to Comply with Investigation

Today, I introduced the Holding IRS Leadership Accountable Act to prohibit bonuses to senior-level executives of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) until all Congressional requests for documents, including e-mails related to the investigation of the agency’s targeting of taxpayers, are met.

If President Obama’s IRS thinks it can stonewall Congress by running out the clock, then the Administration gravely underestimates the American people’s desire for transparency and accountability from their government.

at Jun 24, 2014 7:48 PM
       

Cornyn Hosts Veterans’ Roundtable, Calls on Obama to Direct FBI to Investigate

I met with local veterans’ groups, including members of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Houston today. I heard about the challenges these veterans face and the unacceptable delays some have experienced while waiting for care.

I discussed the actions I am taking to hold the VA accountable, including a new letter I sent to President Obama today requesting he direct the FBI to lead the investigation.

The VA’s Acting Inspector General (IG) and his team are to be commended for aggressively launching their investigation, but the breadth and complexity of these problems very likely exceeds the capabilities of any IG office.   Read more »

at May 29, 2014 2:57 PM
       

Senator Cornyn Responds To Shinseki Testimony

Yesterday, I responded to Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki’s refusal to commit to firing those responsible should recent reports of neglect, deception and gross mismanagement be confirmed by an agency-wide audit:

Contrary to the Secretary’s dismissive attitude, the VA will not continue to operate in no-man’s land and there will be consequences if these reports are found to be true.   Read more »

at May 16, 2014 2:45 PM
       

The perils of foreign-policy weakness

With each passing day, President Obama’s foreign policy looks more like a case study in the perils of weakness, naivete and indecision. From the Middle East to the Far East, from South America to the South China Sea, the current administration has alarmed our friends, emboldened our adversaries and seriously weakened U.S. credibility. Faced with the crisis in Ukraine, it is imperative that the administration not make any more unforced errors. Unfortunately, its record doesn’t inspire confidence.   Read more »

at May 14, 2014 10:16 AM
       

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