Sen. John Cornyn
Oct 16th - 8:07 pm
Texas’ two U.S. Senators were among Republicans who voted “no” on a deal to end the government shutdown and avoid default. The Senate voted 81-18 Wednesday night on a bipartisan bill that reopens the government until Jan. 15 and raises the debt ceiling through Feb. 7.
As expected, Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz were among lawmakers who opposed the agreement. Speaking on the Senate floor prior to the vote, Sen. Cruz said, “This is a terrible deal today, but it’s a terrible deal for the American people. But at the same time, if the American people continue to rise up, we’re going to turn this around.”
The House is expected to approve the legislation later this evening and President Obama has said he will sign it immediately. The deal will end the 16-day government shutdown.
Jul 25th - 12:00 pm
Texas political leaders are commenting on remarks made by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder regarding Texas voting laws.
Holder told members of the National Urban League on Thursday that the U.S. Department of Justice will ask a federal court to require Texas to ask for permission before changing its election laws. The move follows a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that essentialy eliminated the use of a pre-clerance provision of the Voting Rights Act for states with a history of discrimination.
“Once again, the Obama Administration is demonstrating utter contempt for our country’s system of checks and balances, not to mention the U.S. Constitution,” Republican Gov. Rick Perry said in a statement released in response. “This end-run around the Supreme Court undermines the will of the people of Texas, and casts unfair aspersions on our state’s common-sense efforts to preserve the integrity of our elections process.”
Democratic State Sen. Rodney Ellis of Houston had a different take on Holder’s announcement.
“I applaud Attorney General Eric Holder and the U.S. Department of Justice’s decision to join the lawsuit that would require Texas to submit all voting law changes for preclearance for the next decade,” Ellis said in his own statement released to the media. “Anyone who thinks Texas doesn’t need continued oversight simply hasn’t been paying attention.”
Ellis added that, in his view, Texas has clearly shown a repeated and documented history of discrimination against minority voters, pointing to last year when he said Texas was singled out as the only state to pass redistricting maps which were deliberately discriminatory.
“This is hopefully just the first step,” Ellis said. “Congress needs to take action [to] revamp the Voting Rights Act to create a formula which takes into account current and historical discrimination and bias while meeting the requirements the Supreme Court has set out. Otherwise, the voting rights of millions of Americans are in peril.”
Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn was also quick to respond to Holder’s comments.
“By first going around the voters and now the Supreme Court, Attorney General Holder and President Obama’s intentions are readily transparent,” Cornyn said in a released statement. ” This decision has nothing to do with protecting voting rights and everything to do with advancing a partisan political agenda. Texans should not — and will not — stand for the continued bullying of our state by the Obama Administration.”
Jul 15th - 4:44 pm
- Sen. John Cornyn: Raised $2.3 million since January, $5.9 million cash on hand
- George P. Bush: Raised $2 million since January, $2.6 million cash on hand
- Dan Branch: Raised $1.5 million since January, $4 million cash on hand
- Barry Smitherman: Raised $698,770 since January, $1 million cash on hand
- Ken Paxton: Raised $278,620 since January, $1.6 million cash on hand
- Stefani Carter: $3,301 cash on hand
- Malachi Boyuls $329,572 cash on hand
- Becky Berger: $ 339.81 cash on hand
- Harvey Hilderbran: Raised $394,372 since January, $1 million cash on hand
- Debora Medina: Raised $55,569 since January, $55,005 cash on hand
- Glenn Hegar: Raised $221,461 since Januaryr, $1.8 million cash on hand
- Raul Torres: Raised $2,350 since January, $2,531.17 cash on hand
Jul 11th - 1:23 pm
Sen. John Cornyn is turning to a Tea Party veteran to run his 2014 reelection campaign. Cornyn announced Thursday he hired Brendan Steinhauser to be his new campaign manager.
Steinhauser is a campaign strategist and grassroots organizer. Prior to this new gig, Steinhauser worked as the director of communications for the Right on Crime initiative for the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation. He has been credited with helping get conservatives elected to Congress in the 2010 and 2012 elections and organized several events for Sen. Ted Cruz during the last election.
In a statement regarding his decision, Sen. Cornyn said:
“The midterm elections in 2014 will be vital to the future of our country and our state, especially given the interest that liberal Democrats have shown in trying to turn Texas blue. I look forward to working with my team to ensure that Texas remains red. Brendan has been working hard for conservative policies and candidates in more than 40 states, and I am excited that he is joining our team in Texas.”
May 15th - 8:51 pm
The state’s top budget writers have been meeting behind closed doors, hammering out the final details on a two-year plan. Tuesday, we got word that lawmakers are tentatively set on $2 billion dollar water plan, but money for transportation and education remain up in the air.
MALC Turns 40
The country’s oldest and largest Latino legislative caucus is turning 40. The Mexican American Legislative Caucus celebrated Wednesday with a free concert at the Capitol, but a birthday wasn’t the only thing members celebrated. A new poll hints that the Latino vote could easily overcome the Republican margin of victory, but not every MALC member sees it that clearly.
President Barack Obama has announced that the head of the Internal Revenue Service will be resigning, in the wake of a scandal involving the specific targeting of Tea Party groups’ applications for tax-exempt status.
Sen. John Cornyn appeared on the show to talk about that and more.
May 15th - 2:59 pm
He spoke to Capital Tonight’s Paul Brown about a rejected amendment that would have required more spending on border patrol.
Click the image below to hear Sen. Cornyn’s response. You can watch the rest of the interview at 7 p.m. on Capital Tonight.
May 9th - 10:36 am
Texas’ top Republican officials are weighing in this morning on President Obama’s visit to Central Texas. Their message: President Obama should take a hard look at the Texas economy and use it as a model for the rest of the nation.
President Obama is in Central Texas today to kick off his “Middle Class Jobs & Opportunity Tour.” The president will deliver remarks at Manor New Tech High School and Applied Materials. There is also speculation that he will make another private stop in Downtown Austin.
In an op-ed in the Austin American-Statesman, Gov. Rick Perry took the opportunity to tout Texas’ economy and job creation and took some jabs at the president’s policies.
“The secret to our success is actually pretty simple, and I’ve shared the message around the country and around the world,” Perry said. “We keep our taxes low, our regulations reasonable and effective; we’ve implemented lawsuit abuse reforms and cultivated a world-class workforce. Are these decisions always easy? No, but like every American family, we make the tough choices and balance our budget. Hardworking taxpayers should expect no less than a limited and accountable government.”
Senators Ted Cruz and Attorney General Greg Abbott weigh in, after the jump.
Apr 19th - 11:12 pm
Lawmakers visit Accident Site
U.S. senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz visited West today to see the devastation.
Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples joined Karina Kling to discuss the scene he witnessed passing through West shortly after the explosion. Staples also discussed the setback to agriculture the explosion is likely to have on food production.
Senate District 22
(R) Sen. Brian Birdwell joined Karina Kling from West, Texas. Birdwell discussed the damage he witnessed in West and how the local leadership is handling the situation.
Scott Braddock with the Quorum Report, Christy Hoppe from the Dallas Morning News and Jay Root with The Texas Tribune joined Karina Kling to discuss the events in politics this week.
Apr 9th - 8:09 pm
Republicans and Democrats sparred once again over school vouchers Tuesday — including whether or not a newly proposed law counted as a voucher at all.
A bill filed by Sen. Dan Patrick would partially pay for private school tuition through scholarships funded by tax-exempt donations. The bill has the support of Democratic Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., but Sen. Wendy Davis expressed skepticism.
Another hearing Tuesday looked into oversight of the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas. CPRIT has been under fire since last year, with questions of grant-rigging and even a criminal investigation. Trust, transparency and accountability were at the top of the committee’s list Tuesday.
Equal Under the Law
A bill extending the Romeo and Juliet provision passed out of a Senate committee Tuesday. It would extend the Romeo and Juliet defense to same-sex couples over the age of 14.
Earlier in the day, 600 women visited the Capitol hoping to turn it blue for the day. Blue Ribbon Lobby Day organizers are pushing lawmakers to say yes to Medicaid expansion, restoring public education cuts and returning Planned Parenthood to the Women’s Health Program.
Harold Cook and Ted Delisi sat down with Paul Brown to discuss the day’s political news, including school choice bills, CPRIT and new border security legislation filed by Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Michael McCaul.
Apr 9th - 12:50 pm
U.S Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Michael McCaul are calling for tougher border control measures before new immigration reform legislation is enacted. The two Texas lawmakers introduced the bill, known as the Border Security Results Act, Tuesday.
Sen. Cornyn says the bill requires the Department of Homeland Security to “create new metrics to define progress based off the number of apprehensions relative to the total number of illegal crossings.”
“Since 2010, the Administration has failed to provide a metric for determining border security, yet they continue to claim that the border is secure,” Cornyn said. “By requiring the Administration to come up with a clear measurement of security, as well as a timeline for development and implementation, we can ensure that our national security policy is based on real results, and not baseless claims.”
The legislation also calls on the DHS to develop a new strategy within four months of the bill’s passage and to gain operational control of the border two years after that.
Rep. McCaul, who is the House Homeland Security Committee chairman, says the federal government needs to change its patrol tactics. “For too long, we have approached border security backwards – by throwing resources at the problem, to plug the holes on our borders without a comprehensive plan to tactically distribute those resources,” he said. “Until Congress mandates the creation of a national strategy, the Administration will continue to say the border is secure while America’s back door remains wide open.”