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.

  • 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 (S. 1766; 115th Congress), which would reauthorize, strengthen, and extend the Sexual Assault Forensic Reporting program to reduce the nationwide rape kit backlog.
  • Introduced the PROTECT Our Children Act of 2017 (S. 782; 115th Congress) which would 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.
  • Introduced the Abolish Human Trafficking Act of 2017 (S.1311; 115th Congress) 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 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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