Slain border officer’s family may receive benefits after Texas lawmakers pressure agency (DallasNews)

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Texas Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, first contacted federal agencies about classifying the death as a line of duty fatality in October 2015. They argued that doing so would be consistent with directives for law enforcement officer memorials, which state that fallen officers can include those who act in response to a crime while in an off-duty capacity.

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Senator tours Sabine-Neches Waterway (Port Arthur News)

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Due to the waterway’s importance to the nation, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) took an aerial tour and visited Golden Pass LNG terminal on Friday. He then followed up with a roundtable discussion with business and civic leaders at the Sabine-Neches Navigation District office in Port Arthur.

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Cornyn Bill Would Make Killing Police Officer a Federal Crime (Texas Tribune)

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Days after five police officers were killed by a sniper in downtown Dallas, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, introduced legislation Wednesday that would make killing a police officer a federal crime. Someone who killed or conspired or attempted to kill a public safety officer, a federally funded law enforcement officer or a federal judge would be eligible for the death […]

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GOP senator: Fight crime by reducing minimum sentences (Washington Examiner)

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A Republican senator insisted Monday that being tough on crime and reducing minimum sentencing requirements are not contradictory goals. “[The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2016] does not allow for anyone currently incarcerated to be automatically released … and I assure you that jail cells will not swing open and people will not get […]

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George Will: How Texas Sen. John Cornyn and others are rethinking crime and punishment (Dallas Morning News)

Sen. John Cornyn recalls visiting a Texas prison where some inmates taking shop classes could not read tape measures. Cornyn, who was previously a district court judge and Texas Supreme Court justice, knows that prisons are trying to teach literacy and vocations, trying to cope with the mental illnesses of many inmates and trying to take prophylactic measures to prevent drug-related recidivism by persons imprisoned for drug offenses. “The criminal justice system,” he says, “has become by default a social services provider.”

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