Makin’ Headlines – September 26
Senator John Cornyn has been makin’ news and fightin’ for Texans this week.
Dallas Morning News
At the national level, the Jenna Quinn Law would amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to require training for teachers, students, caregivers and other adults who work with children in professional or volunteer settings on how to identify and report child sexual abuse. At a news conference last week, Quinn thanked Cornyn for giving her and other survivors of sexual assault a voice, saying “the message for survivors is that you’re seen, and you are heard.”
Amid so much uncertainty we can’t afford to add an energy crisis to the list, and that’s precisely what anti-fossil fuel Democrat policies would do. The government doesn’t need to play savior – it needs to invest in the energy producers and job creators that are powering our communities today, and developing the technologies of tomorrow.
“The thing I enjoy the most about my job is actually solving hard problems, and sometimes it takes years to actually pass legislation, but … we’re kind of in a precarious time, not just in our state, because of the pandemic, but in the nation, and … so I think a steady hand on the wheel is even more important than usual,” Cornyn said during an interview earlier this month from his campaign headquarters in downtown Austin.
Just weeks before early voting begins in Texas, Republicans at the top of the ticket appear to be holding off Democrats, according to a pair of polls of likely voters released on Thursday that found nearly all of them had made up their minds in a tight presidential race.
Tyler Morning Telegraph
Security fencing at the Tyler Pounds Regional could soon receive updates to move the airport’s surveillance system into the 21st century thanks to funding from the Federal Aviation Administration. U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced the airport will receive over $1 million in federal funding for security enhancements. “Prioritizing much-needed maintenance and safety improvements at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport will ensure quality transportation services are available today, and in the years to come, for all Texans,” Cornyn said. “I commend leaders in Tyler who worked to secure this funding and I look forward to seeing the impact this grant will have on our great state.”
The “Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response” program provides funding to fire departments that will ensure that trained “frontline” fire fighters are available to the community. “As our first responders are handling unprecedented crises, the federal government should make sure they have every resource they need to keep Texans safe,” Sen. Cornyn said. “I’ll continue to do everything I can to support firefighters in Dallas-Fort Worth.”
The U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission have awarded the UTSA Libraries and the Institute of Texan Cultures nearly $150,000 in grant funding in support of virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. “These funds will help allow Texans to safely utilize local library services and resources,” U.S. Sen. John Cornyn said in a statement. “I applaud area leaders in San Antonio for their work to obtain these grants and for putting the safety of Texans first as we continue to persevere through the COVID-19 pandemic.”