Cornyn: Impeachment Halts Progress on Drug Pricing, Victims’ Rights, and Troop Pay Raises


In: All News   Posted 11/06/2019
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‘While it's been less than a week since the House formally authorized their impeachment inquiry, the crusade to impeach the President and remove him started nearly three years ago.’

‘It’s really disappointing that some of our colleagues on the other side of the aisle would rather relitigate the 2016 election again, less than a year before the next election, rather than do the work of the American people.’

‘This obsession with impeachment mania has consumed our Democratic colleagues and is preventing us from getting work done on a nonpartisan basis. That's what our constituents want us to do.’

‘We've heard our Democratic colleagues say ad nauseam that impeachment will not interfere with their ability to legislate, but the evidence suggests otherwise.’

WASHINGTON – Today on the floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed the impact of Democrats’ push for impeachment on Congress’ ability to pass bipartisan, consensus legislation. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s floor remarks are below, and video can be found here.

“While it's been less than a week since the House formally authorized their impeachment inquiry, the crusade to impeach the President and remove him started nearly three years ago.”

“The latest casualty of this impeach-at-all-costs strategy is a bill I introduced with my Democratic colleague from Connecticut, Richard Blumenthal, called the Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Act. This legislation would lower the cost of Americans' prescription medication and save more than a half a billion dollars in taxpayer money.”

“Unfortunately, drug pricing legislation isn't the only consensus effort that's gotten caught up in impeachment mania.”

“Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act is a top priority for members of both sides of the aisle, and I hope we'll work harder to make it happen rather than to use this important law to play partisan political games.”

“Although I would have welcomed less drama this time around, Debbie Smith reauthorization will hopefully be an example of what Congress can accomplish if we put partisan political fights aside and work for our constituents: in other words, do the job we were elected to do when our constituents sent us here.”

“It’s really disappointing that some of our colleagues on the other side of the aisle would rather relitigate the 2016 election again, less than a year before the next election, rather than do the work of the American people. This obsession with impeachment mania has consumed our Democratic colleagues and is preventing us from getting work done on a nonpartisan basis. That's what our constituents want us to do.”

“Texans are worried about high prescription costs, worried about the state of our roads and bridges, and worried about our national security. In the case of the Democrat Leader, I'd be willing to wager that New Yorkers are worried about many of these issues, too.”

“They don't result in pay raises for our troops, which have now been voted against two times by our Democratic colleagues. They don't advance victims' rights and get justice to survivors, like the reauthorization of the Debbie Smith Act and the Violence Against Women Act would do.”

“We've heard our Democratic colleagues say ad nauseam that impeachment will not interfere with their ability to legislate, but the evidence suggests otherwise.”