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Senator Cornyn on CBO Report: Nation is Drowning in Debt

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected yesterday that the annual deficit will double over the next 10 years, despite recent attempts by President Obama to claim credit for reducing spending:

Behind the façade of President Obama’s shrinking deficit fueled by higher taxes is a national debt growing so fast that every child born comes into the world owing nearly $56,000.   Read more »

at Oct 8, 2014 9:22 PM
       

Senator Cornyn Demands Answers on Ebola Screening Procedures

Friday I wrote to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske to request additional information on the screening process for incoming passengers to the U.S. following this week’s first confirmed case of Ebola in Dallas:

Full text of the letter is below.

October 3, 2014

Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20229

Dear Commissioner Kerlikowske:   Read more »

at Oct 4, 2014 11:52 PM
       

Reviving the U.S.-India Partnership

When President Obama meets today with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he has an opportunity to revitalize the partnership between the world’s oldest and largest democracies.

This past weekend, I had the honor of speaking to the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston and discussing why the case for closer U.S. relations with India is overwhelming. Both of our countries are multi-ethnic democracies that share a native language, common values and a similar political heritage.

at Sep 30, 2014 11:11 AM
       

Senate Committee Approves Cornyn’s Justice For Victims Of Trafficking Act

The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved legislation I sponsored to boost support for and protection of victims of human trafficking by increasing law enforcement resources, enhancing victims’ services and increasing penalties in an effort to combat child sex trafficking, child pornography, sexual exploitation and human trafficking.   Read more »

at Sep 18, 2014 4:52 PM
       

The Senate Being Used As Incumbent Protection Program

More than a decade since I first came to this chamber, the United States Senate, it has become unrecognizable…Unfortunately, this chamber has devolved into one where not much gets done and when there are votes, they are frequently show-votes with the election clearly in mind.

We've had an experiment in big government over the last six years, and you know what? It hasn't worked out very well. Unemployment rates remain high;

at Sep 18, 2014 9:18 AM
       

A Republican Blueprint for Governing

More than a decade since I first arrived in the United States Senate, the chamber has become unrecognizable. What had traditionally been a forum for thoughtful debate of principled ideas has gradually devolved into a venue for carefully orchestrated theater.

Look no further than the Senate’s September agenda: Amid high unemployment and stagnant wages, widespread frustration over

at Sep 17, 2014 8:40 AM
       

Push to Gut First Amendment Reflects Senate Democrats’ Misplaced Priorities

We’ve spent the last several weeks back home meeting with our constituents...My constituents did not say, "Well, the most important thing you can do is pass a constitutional amendment gutting the First Amendment – the right to free speech." That didn't come up one time.

What did come up was their concerns about the economy, about access to health care, about immigration, about the challenges imposed by radical Islamic terrorists, and the Russian

at Sep 8, 2014 5:03 PM
       

Senator Cornyn Calls on President to Work with Congress on ISIL

The threat posed by ISIL should transcend partisan politics; with each passing day this terrorist group grows more capable and the danger to the U.S., our allies, and our interests becomes more serious.

The President, utilizing all levers of American power, must develop a clear strategy with achievable objectives and recruit a coalition of allies willing to defeat this terrorist threat. I encourage the President to communicate this strategy to the

at Sep 2, 2014 12:56 PM
       

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
       

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