Cornyn Highlights Bipartisan Accomplishments Under Republican Leadership


In: All News   Posted 09/29/2016
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‘Leadership matters, and under the leadership of Senator McConnell, our committees are now actually actively producing legislation on a bipartisan basis.’

‘With a little cooperation and a little elevation of responsibility to our constituents and the people we serve rather than partisan politics, I think we can continue to do better.’

WASHINGTON – Today on the Senate floor U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed the bipartisan accomplishments during this Congress under Republican leadership. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his speech can be found here.

“Yesterday we finally were able to move legislation forward that would keep the lights on here in Washington, at least until December, and provided very important… Flood relief for states like Texas, but not just Texas, Maryland, West Virginia, Louisiana, and other states.” 

“More importantly, or perhaps, is support for veterans' programs and military construction. This is really important that we pass legislation in meeting our responsibilities to support our men and women in uniform wherever they may be serving, whether here at home or abroad. “

“Beyond getting this funding for the Zika research and prevention done, I just want to identify a few other things that we have been able to accomplish.”

“Well, the events of the last few days, including the Water Resources Development Act legislation that passed here with 95 votes, which includes additional funding for Flint, Michigan and their lead pipe water challenges, we’ve been doing a lot to take care of the nation's business.”

“We passed a bill called the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act by more than 90 votes recently.” 

“We have also passed other major reforms for chemical safety: the so-called TSCA bill, which provides companies with regulatory certainty so they can continue to create products that Americans use every day.” 

“We also took care of big, intractable problems that we have had trouble getting any traction on for a long time, major energy reform bills like the Energy Policy Modernization Act to help bring our nation's energy infrastructure up to date, as well as to expedite the permitting of liquefied natural gas export, which the presiding officer has worked on a lot.” 

“And then I was discussing with the Senior Senator from Tennessee, Senator Alexander, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee… they were able to write a piece of legislation that passed here with overwhelming bipartisan margins that would devolve the control of k-12 education back to the states, local school districts, parents and teachers.”

“Under the new majority in this Congress, we also saw President Obama sign other important laws like the Freedom of Information Improvement Act, a bill that will make our government more transparent and more accountable to the people we serve.”

“We passed, by an overwhelming 99-1 vote, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, a bill that will help victims of human trafficking recover. And we will support law enforcement in their fight against active shooters by passage and signing into law of the POLICE Act, legislation that allows existing grant programs to be used for police training to deal with active shooter situations.” 

“I just simply want to make the point that leadership matters, and under the leadership of Senator McConnell, our committees are now actually actively producing legislation on a bipartisan basis.” 

“With a little cooperation and a little elevation of responsibility to our constituents and the people we serve rather than partisan politics, I think we can continue to do better.”