Cornyn: Omnibus Funds Key Texas Priorities, Boosts Border Security and Defense Resources


In: All News   Posted 05/04/2017
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‘This omnibus package includes a good blueprint for how we can order our priorities and take care of our country.’

‘Instead of pushing more regulations and rules that cripple our economy and disregarding the needs of our military and the stark realities at the border, this legislation begins to steer our country in a better direction.’

‘I look forward to voting on this legislation and encourage all of our colleagues to do the same.’

WASHINGTON – Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed national security and Texas-specific provisions in the government funding bill ahead of today’s vote in the Senate. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his remarks can be found here

“This omnibus package includes a good blueprint for how we can order our priorities and take care of our country.”

“This is the largest increase in border security funding in ten years. That's a significant accomplishment. This funding will help the Department of Homeland Security hire more Border Patrol agents and Customs officials to improve the infrastructure at our ports of entry and checkpoints and hire more immigration judges to process more immigration cases.”

“It also increases funding for our troops fighting abroad and for our military in general, and includes a pay raise for men and women in the military.”

“This omnibus bill includes funding for previously approved disaster relief, which will help communities in Texas and throughout the country rebuild and recover following a natural disaster. This legislation also includes money to help reduce the rape kit backlog.”

“This bill also funds the National Space Administration, NASA. It funds a federal study for a Gulf Coast protection project and active shooter training for first responders, all priorities important to my home state of Texas.

“Instead of pushing more regulations and rules that cripple our economy and disregarding the needs of our military and the stark realities at the border, this legislation begins to steer our country in a better direction.”

“I look forward to voting on this legislation and encourage all of our colleagues to do the same.”