Fighting Crime, Protecting our Communities, Empowering Victims

Fighting dangerous criminals and providing justice to victims are some of our most important commitments. I will always stand strong for our law enforcement officers, making sure they have the resources needed to keep Texas safe and secure.

Senator John Cornyn

Sen. Cornyn knows firsthand the dedication of the men and women who protect our fellow Texans. While serving as Attorney General of Texas, the state's chief law enforcement officer, Sen. Cornyn created and backed numerous initiatives to strengthen law enforcement, including the groundbreaking Texas Exile program, which increases penalties for criminal gun use by convicted felons, and the Texas Internet Bureau, which targets child predators and human traffickers.

Senator Cornyn has taken his Texas experience to the United States Senate, advocating for issues that bolster law enforcement through his work on the Judiciary Committee.  He believes that local, state, and federal authorities must work together as partners to enforce the law, and that they must be given the legal tools and funding resources necessary to do their jobs well.   He believes policymakers in Washington, D.C. can learn many commonsense lessons from the successes of the Texas criminal justice system.

Click here for information on Senator Cornyn's bill, the Fix NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) Act.

 

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  • Authored the Substance Abuse Prevention Act of 2018 (S. 2789; 115th Congress), passed as part of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act. S. 2789 reauthorized the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and important drug demand reduction programs at the Department of Justice (DOJ). More specifically, S. 2789 provides critical funding for programs that prevent youth substance abuse disorder, reduce demand for illicit drugs in our communities, and provide crucial assistance for drug addiction recovery in the criminal justice system. S. 2789 also provides critical resources for High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Forces to support federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies that are working to take illegal opioids off the streets.
  • Voted to pass SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (P.L. 115-271), which addresses the overprescribing and abuse of opioids by improving Medicaid and Medicare coverage for mental health and substance use services to identify individuals who are at-risk for abuse or misuse; provide medical assistance to juvenile inmates; screen all Medicare patients for opioid use disorder; and utilize electronic transmission of prescriptions. This law also helps patients suffering from opioid use disorder access appropriate treatment options by increasing the number of qualified prescribers and healthcare providers. P.L. 115-271 also includes an initiative to identify and develop technology to detect fentanyl and other synthetic opioids illegally entering the United States by mail.
  • Introduced the FIRST STEP Act of 2018 (S. 2795; 115th Congress), which was signed into law as part of a broader criminal justice reform legislation (P.L. 115-391), which is a comprehensive criminal justice reform law based on Texas’s success. This law helps to reduce recidivism by assessing the risks and needs of offenders and incentivizing inmates to successfully complete programs like job training and education that have been proven to lower their risk of re-offending when they are released from prison, and thereby lowers the crime rates in our communities. 
  • Authored a law to authorize the Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program (Public Law 115-185, 115th Congress), which reduces violent crime by pairing local, state, and federal law enforcement officials with federal prosecutors.
  • Authored the CyberTipline Modernization Act (Public Law 115-395, 115th Congress), now law, which updates the federal statute governing the CyberTipline through which the general public and technology industry can report online instances of child exploitation
  • Introduced the American Law Enforcement Heroes Act of 2017 (Public Law 115-37; 115th Congress), which was signed into law in 2017 and incentivizes state and local jurisdictions to use existing federal grant money to hire veterans as new law enforcement officers.
  • Introduced the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting (SAFER) Act of 2017 (Public Law No. 115-107; 115th Congress), now law, which reauthorizes, strengthens, and extends the Sexual Assault Forensic Reporting program to reduce the nationwide rape kit backlog.
  • Introduced the PROTECT Our Children Act of 2017 (Public Law 115-82; 115th Congress), now law, to reauthorize the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program, which combats child exploitation nationwide.
  • Introduced the CORRECTIONS Act of 2017 (S.1994; 115th Congress), which would improve public safety and save taxpayer money by encouraging federal prisoners to participate in faith-based and job training programs that have been shown to reduce recidivism and help end the revolving door in federal prisons.
  • Authored the Abolish Human Trafficking Act of 2017 (Public Law 115-392; 115th Congress), now law, in order reauthorize and strengthen programs to support survivors of human trafficking and provide resources to law enforcement officials.
  • Introduced the Back the Blue Act of 2017 (S. 1134; 115th Congress), which creates new mandatory minimum penalties to protect federally funded law enforcement officers, limits federal appeals for individuals convicted of killing officers, expands self-defense and Second Amendment rights for public safety officers, and expands federal grant funding for greater cooperation between law enforcement and communities. 
  • Introduced and led efforts to pass the POLICE (Protecting Our Lives by Initiating COPS Expansion) Act of 2016 (Public Law 114-199; 114th Congress), was signed into law in 2016 and expands access to federal funding for active shooter training for law enforcement and first responders.
  • Cosponsored the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (Public Law 114-198; 114th Congress), was signed into law in 2016 and expands treatment and recovery efforts to address the opioid drug addiction and overdose crisis unfolding nationwide.
  • Introduced the Justice for All Reauthorization Act of 2016 (Public Law 114-324; 114th Congress) which was signed in 2016, and reauthorizes federal funds for important law enforcement investigation and victims’ rights programs involving the forensic sciences.
  • Significant portions of the Mental Health and Safe Communities Act of 2015 (S. 2002; 114th Congress) were included in the 21st Century Cures Act (Public Law 114-146), which became law in 2016. This portion of the law requires state and local governments to use drug and mental health court funding to develop specialized programs for offenders who have co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. 
  • Introduced and led efforts to pass the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (Public Law 114-122; 114th Congress), which passed the Senate unanimously and was signed into law in 2015.  This legislation cracks down on human trafficking and provides help for victims by:
    • Creating new law enforcement tools to fight human traffickers and the criminal networks that support them;
    • Punishing both "Johns" and pimps for buying and selling trafficked victims;
    • Using fines from perpetrators to create a Domestic Trafficking Victims' Fund to pay for victims' services and law enforcement programs;
    • Treating exploited children as the victims they are - not as criminals.
  • Cosponsored the Eric Williams Correctional Officer Protection Act of 2015 (Public Law 114-133; 114th Congress), which was signed into law in 2016 and increases the safety and self-defense equipment available to federal prison guards.
  • Cosponsored the Transnational Drug Trafficking Act of 2015 (Public Law 114-154; 114th Congress), which was signed into law in 2016 and helps law enforcement and national security officials to target drug cartels responsible for importing dangerous narcotics into the United States.
  • Cosponsored the National Blue Alert Act of 2015 (Public Law 114-12; 114th Congress), which became law in 2015 and creates a nationwide communication system to spread important information about law enforcement officers hurt or killed in the line of duty to help swiftly apprehend the perpetrators of these crimes.
  • Cosponsored International Megan’s Law to Prevent Child Exploitation Through Advanced Notification of Traveling Sex Offenders (S.1867; 114th Congress), which would ensure federal law enforcement officials are monitoring sex offenders who are traveling internationally and may be engaged in sex tourism or human trafficking.
  • Cosponsored the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act (S. 2146; 114th Congress), which would hold sanctuary cities accountable for defying federal immigration laws and increase penalties for individuals who illegally reenter the United States after being removed.
  • Voted for the FIRST Step Act (Public Law 115-391; 115th Congress), was signed into law in 2018.
  • Voted for SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (Public Law 115-271; 115th Congress), was signed into law in 2018.
  • Voted for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (Public Law 114-198; 114th Congress), was signed into law in 2016.
  • Voted for the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 (Public Law 114-22; 114th Congress)
  • Voted to pass the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act in the 114th Congress.
  • Voted to pass the National Blue Alert Act in the 114th Congress.
  • Voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act in the 113th Congress.
  • Voted to reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act in the 113th Congress.
  • Opposed reduced sentences for narcotics importers, drug cartel associates, and drug dealers in the 113th Congress.

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