Cornyn: Government Funding, Tax Relief Bills Include Key Texas Priorities


In: All News   Posted 12/17/2015
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Bills Will Lift Crude Export Ban, Renew Critical Ports of Entry Program, and Give Permanent Tax Relief to Texas Families

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) spoke on the Senate floor today about the FY2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill and the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015,legislation the Senate will consider this week.

Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his speech can be found here.

On Lifting the Crude Export Ban:
“By doing away with this antiquated policy and allowing our own domestic production to reach global markets, we can kick start the United States economy and provide a real opportunity for job creation in the country.”

On Renewing a Public-Private Partnership Program at Land Ports of Entry:
“This bill also renews an innovative port of entry partnership program modeled after the Cross-Border Trade Enhancement Act. This, too, is bipartisan legislation… Specifically, it provides new opportunities for border communities and businesses to improve staffing levels and upgrade infrastructure at our international border crossings to help move people and goods across our border more safely and efficiently.” 

On Repealing of Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) Regulations:
“This omnibus legislation also includes a provision to fully repeal the Country of Origin labeling regulations, known as COOL. This has been a real problem for our livestock producers in Texas and in the United States. By repealing these costly food labeling mandates, the U.S. will avoid a trade war with Canada and Mexico, two of our largest export and trading partners, and it will help Texas farmers and ranchers and manufacturers.”

On Making State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Permanent:
“This legislation also… includes a permanent extension of state and local sales tax deduction, something that amounts to more than $1 billion in annual tax relief for Texans. This will ensure that Texans are on a level playing field with those who deduct their state income tax because we don't have an income tax and never will.”