Cornyn bill would provide funds for forensic labs, rape kit testing (My Statesman)

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A bill aimed at a reducing DNA testing backlogs and providing resources for forensic labs is expected to be signed into law after passing through the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives last week. The Justice for All Reauthorization Act could have an impact locally as Travis County prosecutors review thousands of old cases […]

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Cornyn, EBJ cheer bipartisan bill to improve treatment for ‘scourge of mental illness’ (Dallas News)

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WASHINGTON — Two top Texans in Congress celebrated on Monday the success of a major bill to address mental health systems, drug addiction treatment and high-profile medical research, a flash of bipartisanship in the wake of a contentious election season. Democratic Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Dallas and Republican Sen. John Cornyn touted the far-reaching, […]

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Lawmakers hope to enact port-staffing bill before Trump takes over (The Texas Tribune)

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Federal legislation to beef up staffing and improve facilities at the country’s southern land ports is being viewed with a renewed sense of urgency in light of President-elect Donald Trump’s rhetoric about scaling back major trade pacts. On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed Texas Sen. John Cornyn’s Cross-Border Trade Enhancement Act, which would allow […]

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Republicans seek border security action (The Columbian)

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WASHINGTON — Republican leaders in Congress said they want to advance legislation next year to secure the U.S.-Mexico border, but they don’t favor addressing the status of 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters Tuesday that last year’s border security proposal by House Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul […]

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Legislation introduced to get law enforcement to hire veterans (Killeen Daily Herald)

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. introduced bipartisan legislation called the American Law Enforcement Heroes Act on Thursday that would prioritize the Justice Department’s COPS grant applications of law enforcement agencies who use the funding to hire veterans. The act is cosponsored by U.S. Sens. Thom Tillis, R-N.C.; Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa; […]

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Cornyn re-elected to Senate leadership role; Cruz mum on attorney general rumor (Dallas News)

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WASHINGTON — Texan John Cornyn was easily re-elected to his post as the chamber’s No. 2 Republican on Wednesday. Republicans, soaring high on Donald Trump’s victory, made no changes to their leadership team for the upcoming Congress. Democrats, bruised and rankled by the upset, added key figures in a bid to present a unified front. Republican Senate […]

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