Waco can #CountOnCornyn!
In addition to delivering millions in COVID relief, Senator Cornyn has been a supporter of many issues important to the Heart of Texas. Below is a snapshot of his record on important issues and efforts to support Texans in Waco.
AEROSPACE & DEFENSE
SpaceX has revolutionized the way Americans are reaching for the stars, and Waco/McGregor is ground zero for innovation. The area boasts a robust manufacturing industry specializing in aerospace and aircraft products, and offers a cadre of targeted university programs. It’s also the site for testing the world’s most powerful rocket. Senator Cornyn encourages the continued growth of this industry and — just this month — wrote a letter to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force in support of hosting the Space Command Headquarters in Texas.
Farming and ranching are sewn into the fabric of Texas history and agriculture remains a driver of the Texas economy. One-in-seven jobs in Texas are related to the agriculture industry. That’s why Senator Cornyn supported passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and strongly supports a repeal of the Death Tax, ensuring family farms continue to thrive and strengthening America’s food independence. During his time in office, he’s led several initiatives that:
- Reduce overreaching regulatory and tax burdens for Texas farmers and ranchers
- Secure assistance to mitigate, respond and recover when disasters strike
- Ensure farmers and ranchers can compete in a global market
- Increase access to water for rural Texas agriculture
Senator Cornyn has been a leader in fighting to secure water for rural Texans. In particular, he has worked to ensure Mexico meets its obligations as set forth in the 1944 bi-national Water Management Treaty to release one-third of the water from its Rio Grande tributaries and reservoirs to the United States for agricultural and municipal use. And when crises occur, such as severe drought, Texas ag providers know they can count on Senator Cornyn to work to deliver disaster assistance.
Senator Cornyn supports religious freedom and the right of Americans of all faiths to exercise their religious beliefs and celebrations. He cosponsored the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act and Religious Freedom Restoration Act, aimed at providing protections for individuals and organizations who object to certain government mandates included in Obamacare. The senator believes a conscience clause should be included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, ensuring faith-based organizations are not required to offer their employees private insurance that includes coverage for birth control, sterilization and abortions if it is against the organization’s religious beliefs.
Earlier this year, Senator Cornyn supported the passage of the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA) — an economic boon for Texas. The new agreement will provide greater access to global markets for Texas agriculture businesses and fortifies Texas’ ability to export oil & gas. In fact, in 2018, Texas exported more than $10.8 billion in oil & gas and $22.8 billion in petroleum and coal products to Canada and Mexico.
Without question, Texans who call Waco home know that they can #CountOnCornyn!