Cornyn: American People Want a New Direction


In: All News   Posted 11/15/2016
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‘The American people want change, and they're eager for Washington to tackle the big challenges that we are facing as a nation.’

‘I look forward to working with the new President to improve the lives of the men and women working day in and day out across the country.’

WASHINGTON – In remarks on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) spoke about President-elect Donald Trump and the Senate Republican Majority’s continued work on behalf of the American people. Excerpts of his remarks are below, and video can be found here.

“We had an earth-shaking event occur on Nov. 8: the election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States. The reasons, I believe, that Mr. Trump was elected is because the American people want change, and they're eager for Washington to tackle the big challenges that we are facing as a nation.”

“I personally look forward to working with the President-elect in the years ahead to address issues that are important to my state and to families across the country. And I'm grateful as well that the American people have entrusted such a big task to Republicans, who will lead both Chambers of Congress.”

“People want something different from business as usual when it comes to politics. They want us to shift gears, and they felt it was necessary to get the country back on the right track. And I agree with them. I'll note the one thing that the American people didn't want to change, and that is the Republican majority in the United States Senate.”

“They've seen a Senate that's prioritized the American people, and it's carefully and methodically returned the United States Senate back to the basics of doing our job, which is legislating, and that includes passing key pieces of legislation through Congress, like the first multiyear highway bill in a decade.”

“We also passed the first education reform law since No Child Left Behind … and devolved more authority back from Washington, D.C., back to the states.”

“We've done a number of other things, including one that I am particularly proud of, which is to help root out human trafficking and protect the victims of this heinous crime, the first major human trafficking legislation passed, perhaps, in 25 years.”

“We also passed major legislation to address the growing opioid epidemic hurting families across the country.”

“We've also had more participation by members of the Senate on a bipartisan basis in the legislating process. More votes on amendments, more than 250, during this Congress.”

“The result is, I believe, the creation of solid legislation that will stand up over time.”

“So with the election now behind us, the Senate can begin looking to next year.”

“I look forward to working with the new President to improve the lives of the men and women working day in and day out across the country.”