Sen. John Cornyn

Sen. Cornyn explains ‘no’ vote on Kerry confirmation

Sen. John Cornyn is going on record about why he voted not to confirm Sen. John Kerry as Secretary of State. In a satellite interview, Cornyn explained that he knew Kerry’s confirmation would survive the Senate vote.

“But on all of the important issues, I can’t think of very many I agree with him on, and I thought it was appropriate to cast a “no” vote as a statement of my disagreement with him on those policies.”

Sen. Cornyn was one of three lawmakers to vote against Kerry’s confirmation. Fellow Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma were the other two. Kerry will replace Hillary Rodham Clinton once he is sworn in.

Watch Cornyn’s full statement by clicking the video link below.


Senators lay out bipartisan immigration reform plan

Sen. John Cornyn weighed in today on a bipartisan Senate plan for immigration reform.

The plan calls for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants living in the United States, without requiring them to first return to their home country.  It also includes an employment verification system to stop the hiring of undocumented citizens in the future.

This afternoon, Democrats Chuck Schumer, Robert Menendez and Michael Bennet and Republicans Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham and John McCain laid out the framework for the plan. 

“Any immigration legislation that passes Congress must establish practical, legal channels for workers to enter the United States,” Schumer said during the news conference.  “Whether they’re high-skilled, low-skilled, or agricultural workers so we can free up federal officials to focus on those individuals truly intending to do our nation harm.”

A spokesman for Sen. John Cornyn issued this statement earlier today:


“Immigration reform has always been a top priority for Sen. Cornyn, and he looks forward to reviewing the Senators’ proposal. There are many facets to immigration reform, but one that must be addressed first and foremost is our porous border. Unfortunately President Obama has consistently shown he prefers to use the issue to score political points, and any progress will require his leadership.” 

-Drew Brandewie, Sen. Cornyn Press Secretary




Cornyn: Partial government shutdown may be necessary

Senator John Cornyn said today that a partial government shutdown may be the only way to secure the country’s long-term economic future.

In an article published in the Houston Chronicle, Cornyn takes aim at the Obama administration’s handling of the fiscal cliff, accusing the president of “purposefully slow-walking the process in a shameless attempt to score cheap political points.”

Cornyn, who is the Senate Minority Whip and a member of the Senate Finance committee, voted in favor of the last minute deal to extend billions of dollars in across-the-board spending cuts.  He said while the bill wasn’t perfect, it was necessary to support a measure that would make the Bush-era tax cuts permanent for most Texans.  Now, he is looking ahead to the impending battle over the debt ceiling.  In his op-ed, Cornyn said:

“The coming deadlines will be the next flashpoints in our ongoing fight to bring fiscal sanity to Washington. It may be necessary to partially shut down the government in order to secure the long-term fiscal well being of our country, rather than plod along the path of Greece, Italy and Spain. President Obama needs to take note of this reality and put forward a plan to avoid it immediately.”

Cornyn isn’t the first Republican to suggest that a partial government shutdown might be necessary.  Earlier this week, Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomney defended his vote on MSNBC’s Morning Joe saying, “We Republicans need to be willing to tolerate a temporary, partial government shutdown.”

Cornyn: Todd Akin should do what’s best for party

Texas Senator John Cornyn, Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, called Rep. Todd Akin’s comments on abortion in the case of rape "wrong, offensive and indefensible." Akin said over the weekend that in the case of "legitimate rape" a woman’s body "has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

Republican Sen. Scott Brown from Massachusetts and Wisconsin Tea Party-backed Sen. Ron Johnson have called on Akin to remove his name from the November ballot.

Cornyn went on to say, "I recognize that this is a difficult time for him, but over the next twenty-four hours, Congressman Akin should carefully consider what is best for him, his family, the Republican Party, and the values that he cares about and has fought for throughout his career in public service."

Several media outlets are reporting the NRSC and Karl Rove’s Super PAC Crossroads GPS have said they won’t continue to fund Akin’s race if he decides to keep running.

The congressman acknowledged he misspoke but said he is not a quitter and plans to stay in the race. According to Missouri law, he needs to decide by Tuesday in order for the Republican Party to select a candidate to replace him.

Akin won the Missouri Republican primary earlier this month. He’s now running against incumbent Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill. Republicans had hoped to pick up the seat and control of the US Senate in November. A Mitt Romney campaign spokesman said Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan disagree with Akin’s comments. The campaign said a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in cases of rape.

Cornyn calls on FBI to make Fort Hood shooting report public

Sen. John Cornyn says the public has a right to see the FBI’s independent review of the November 5, 2009 shooting on Fort Hood. Thirteen people were killed and dozens more injured when federal authorities say Maj. Nidal Hasan opened fire on a soldier readiness center.

This isn’t the first time the Fort Hood case has reached Capitol Hill; or the first time the FBI has found itself under a microscope. Last year, a Senate report blamed the FBI and the US Army for not acting on information that could have prevented the mass shooting. The report took aim at the FBI for failing to "link Hasan’s first [REDACTED] communications" to radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

In his letter, Cornyn writes, "The key findings and recommendations of this report must be made public, so we can glean any and all lessons from this incident."

You can read the full letter, here:

Dear Director Mueller:

I write today regarding the independent review of the actions of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in conjunction with the November 5, 2009, attack on Fort Hood, Texas. It is my understanding that the final report of the review team, led by Judge William Webster, will be submitted to you today.

According to news reports, Judge Webster will submit a 150-page report, containing findings and 18 formal recommendations for necessary reforms in a range of areas within the Bureau. As you know, the report is expected to provide a critical, objective assessment of the role the Bureau played both before this terrible attack and during its aftermath. It will also shed light on what remedial measures the Bureau has taken since then to foreclose the possibility of future attacks of this nature.

This report is a matter of tremendous public importance, and I call on you to release an unclassified version of it as soon as possible. In doing so, I urge you to personally ensure that the contents of the report are not unnecessarily classified to shield their public release, because such action would come directly at the expense of transparency and accountability. The key findings and recommendations of this report must be made public, so we can glean any and all lessons from this incident. The American people and specifically the Fort Hood community in Texas have the right to know.

The federal government has a fundamental duty to our men and women in uniform to safeguard them against avoidable harm. We must protect the protectors whenever and wherever we are able, especially at home on United States soil. Our government failed the brave Americans who were killed and wounded at Fort Hood that day. The devastation inflicted on them was preventable, and we must make it a high priority to ascertain exactly where the system broke down and ensure it does not happen again.

Thank you for your prompt attention to my request.