Cornyn: The White House can learn a thing or two from Texas
May 9, 2013
The Washington Times
By Jennifer Harper
"I hope the President will come to Texas ready to take a few notes and learn from one of the most successful states in the nation when it comes to job creation and economic growth," says Sen. John Cornyn.
His advice for Mr. Obama is something that Mr. Perry has already put into practice.
"As the nation's economy continues to remain stagnant, I hope he’ll see the power low taxes, reasonable regulations, and a business-friendly environment has in driving a Texas economy that continues to grow and put people to work," the Republican lawmaker observes.
You can read the full article in the Washington Times here.
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May 7, 2013
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You can expect delays
April 26, 2013
In a crass display of political gamesmanship, the Obama administration has chosen to exploit modest cuts to the federal government's budget to maximize the negative impact on Americans.
Under sequestration, the Federal Aviation Administration's budget was reduced to 2010 levels, a cut that amounts to less than four percent of its 2012 budget.
In response, the White House and the FAA have chosen to furlough air traffic controllers one day out of every ten, which could delay flight arrivals for up to one third of travelers at major hubs across the nation.
I've cosponsored a bill to allow the FAA to transfer funds between accounts to mitigate the effects of sequestration on travelers.
If you agree with me, I hope you will join me by signing my petition today!
It is unacceptable for the Obama administration to make a political point at the expense of American travelers. Join me in sending the White House a message by signing my petition to stop Obama's flight delays today!
Sen. John Cornyn: 60 people remain unaccounted for in West explosion
April 19, 2013
At least 11 emergency responders are missing and presumed dead following the massive West fertilizer explosion near Waco, but Sen. John Cornyn said that 60 people remain unaccounted for.
Twelve bodies have been recovered so far, and search and rescue efforts will continue for another for survivors after the West Fertilizer Co. blast Wednesday night. Chris Barron, the executive director of the State Firemen's & Fire Marshals' Association of Texas, said his organization has calculated that 11 first responders are missing and believed to have died in the explosion.
They are five West volunteer firefighters, a retired firefighter who assisted West, a Dallas Fire-Rescue captain who lived in the town and four emergency medical technicians, Barron said. He said some bodies recovered haven't been identified yet.
Cornyn, who toured the blast site Friday, said that 60 people haven't been located and said many could be alive and staying with friends and family. That number came from the Texas State Fire Marshal’s office, Cornyn’s office said.
"There are a number of confirmed dead but a number who are unaccounted for," he said after touring West.
Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Jason Reyes said the bodies were found "in the area" of the facility that exploded. He did not say how many were found at the explosion site and how many were recovered from surrounding buildings. Mayor Pro-tem Steve Vanek confirmed that five of West's 33 firefighters, including the city secretary, died in the explosion.
Sen. Ted Cruz, who joined Cornyn on the tour, declined to discuss whether buildings and houses in West were built too close to the fertilizer facility. The site opened in 1962.
"We need to allow time for a careful investigation of what occurred. We all want to know what happened here," Cruz said. "It would be a mistake to rush to a conclusion."
Cornyn said he expects there will be a review of the facility’s close proximity to homes and schools.
"I'm confident there will be exactly the kind of review you're talking about on the local level, state level and the federal level,” he said. “We have authorities from all of those jurisdictions here in place."
Since the article was published, it has been updated. You can read the full updated article here.
Today's Events in Boston
April 15, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected in today's tragic events at the Boston Marathon.
Politico: GOP: Enact chained CPI now
April 10, 2013
President Barack Obama's budget landed with a thud on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning.
"America cannot afford this compromise," said Texas Sen. John Cornyn (R) said. "We need innovative, pro-growth tax reforms that encourage investment and private-sector growth. And still the president is offering more of the same."
Dallas Morning News: Perry, Cornyn, Cruz assail Medicaid expansion as unwise
April 2, 2013
Dallas Morning News
By Robert T. Garrett
Gov. Rick Perry and leading GOP members of Texas' congressional delegation said Monday the state would be unwise to expand Medicaid as allowed under the federal health care law – and won't.
"Texas will not be participating in Medicaid expansion," Perry said at a Capitol news conference.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn noted federal budget austerity is coming.
"So why in the world would we keep expanding this flawed system and jamming more and more people into a program where they can't find a doctor who will see them?" the state's senior senator said.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz had a message for the protesters.
"Our friends who are saying they want health care do not realize that expanding Medicaid will worsen health care options for the most vulnerable among us in Texas," Cruz said.
April 2, 2013
It's time—time to stop the Obama administration's wasteful and irresponsible spending.
A report from the Inspectors General charged with identifying waste and fraud in federal agencies made over 16,900 recommendations for 2012 that would have saved taxpayers $67 Billion according to a report from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, but the Obama administration failed to take action to eliminate this waste.
This lack of fiscal control is harmful to our nation. Stand with me today to ensure that I have the resources needed to fight this wasteful spending!
Americans across the country are tightening their belts to cope with tough financial times, but Vice President Biden can't relate. He racked up a one night hotel tab in Paris of $585,000.50 at taxpayer expense.
Meanwhile, President Obama and his staff are nearly two months overdue in delivering a budget to Congress - the fourth time his administration has been late in five years. Mismanagement of this kind is unacceptable. That is why I proposed legislation that would cut the pay of the Obama administration's budget employees until a budget is delivered to the American people.
We must stop the federal waste and overspending that is harming our future and our childrens' future. Will you stand with me to fight against the Obama administration's misuse of taxpayer funds with a generous donation of $10, $25, $50, $100 or more today?
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US Hispanic Champer names Senator Cornyn Small Business Advocate of the Year
March 20, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. —The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, March 19, presented U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, with the Small Business Advocate of the Year award:
"In Texas I've had the privilege of seeing firsthand the true realization of the American dream – hardworking immigrants who use their freedom to start businesses, create jobs, and build a better life for their children.
"These small business owners are the lifeblood of our economy, and a robust economic recovery will depend largely on their ability to expand and create new jobs.
"I'm honored to accept the U.S. Hispanic Chamber's Small Business Advocate of the Year award, and I will continue to work in Congress to promote policies that remove barriers to growth and provide greater confidence to our nation's job creators."
You can read the full article here.
Cornyn: No White House budget, no pay
March 20, 2013
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) doesn't want some White House staffers to get paid if an administrative budget isn't turned over to Congress in time.
He introduced a bill Wednesday that would withhold pay for the director of Office of Management and Budget and any other Senate-confirmed OMB employees for every day the White House budget is late.
Republicans frequently criticize President Barack Obama and his staff for not meeting budget deadlines. And Obama has already missed this year's deadline of Feb. 4.
"For 4 of the last 5 years, the president has missed the legal deadline for submitting his budget, and leading from behind has become the standard mode of operation," Cornyn said in a statement. "The American people have been waiting 44 days to hear the president’s priorities
You can also read the full article here.
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