Encouraging Innovation, Entrepreneurship, & Education

Our ability to innovate is crucial to the success of our economy and competitiveness with other countries. Investing in science and technology, and increasing our ability to innovate, is an important part of keeping the economy in Texas and America strong.

Senator John Cornyn 

Senator Cornyn believes innovation is crucial to our growing economy. Career and technical education are important building blocks that increase America’s competitiveness in a global economy, fostering workforce development here at home.

Instilling a strong foundation of the science, technology, education, and math (STEM) fields in our youth will help them succeed as citizens and individuals in any field they may choose. By investing in science and technology education initiatives, we equip new workers with valuable skills required for success — encouraging innovation and energizing our economy.


Floor Speeches and Videos

  • Sponsored the New Hope and Opportunity through the Power of Employment (New HOPE) Act in the 115th Congress to reduce burdensome regulations that stifle entrepreneurship and instead encourage policies to help low-income, single mothers, veterans and those re-entering the workforce access the very professions most suitable to giving them a chance and meaningful work. This became law on July 31, 2018, as part of a larger Career and Technical Education package (H.R. 2353; P.L. 115-224)
  • Cosponsored the Innovations in Mentoring, Training, and Apprenticeships Act in the 115th Congress which improves education and business partnerships in professional training and apprenticeships by awarding grants to technical schools, two-year colleges, and four-year universities in order to identify best practices for experiential learning opportunities, such as internships and apprenticeships, as well as online courses.   This bill became law on December 31, 2018.
  • Cosponsored the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship (PATENT) Act (S.1137), which would protect small businesses and individuals from abusive patent litigation. 
  • Sponsored the Securing the Talent America Requires for the 21st Century (STAR) Act, which would allocate 55,000 annual immigrant visas for eligible STEM field advanced degree graduates of U.S. research institutions who have job offers in related fields.
  • Supported the Strengthening Career and Technical Education (CTE) for the 21st Century Act (P.L. 115-164, 115th Congress) which updated federal CTE policies to help students gain the knowledge and skills they need to compete for in-demand jobs. This legislation simplifies the application process for states to receive federal funds, improves states’ abilities to coordinate with local communities and employers, and increases effectiveness and accountability by streamlining CTE performance measures.
  • Voted for the America Invents Act, updating the U.S. patent system to bring it in line with international standards.
  • Voted for the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act (P.L. 114-113) that improves and makes permanent the Research and Development Tax Credit, which helps job creators across Texas to innovate and bring new products to market.
  • Voted to fund major human space exploration assets like the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion Crew Vehicle while fully funding our commercial space transportation partnerships.  (FY2016 Appropriations: Roll Call Vote 339; FY2015 Appropriations: Roll Call Vote 354 from 113th Congress)
  • Voted for Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which ushers in new priorities and goals, including a focus on STEM education topics. Computer science was included with other core subjects, such as writing, science, technology, engineering and mathematics, in ESSA's definition of a "well-rounded education."  The bill restores responsibility for creating accountability systems to states, working with school districts, teachers, and others, to ensure all students are learning and prepared for success tailored to the workforce needs within their unique community.

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