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  • GOP senators: We could work with Hillary Clinton

    10/04/2016 10:09:37 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 132 replies
    the Hill ^ | October 03, 2016, 06:31 pm | By Jordain Carney
    Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) is predicting that congressional Republicans will be more willing to work with Hillary Clinton than they have been with President Obama, should she be elected president. "She is a known commodity, and I think there’ll be more camaraderie in terms of working together, than there might have been in the early days of Obama," Isakson told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Isakson, who is running for reelection and has endorsed GOP nominee Donald Trump, added, "I don’t think it will be like the post-Obama election at all." Isakson's comments come as Clinton has narrowly trailed Trump in...
  • Cornyn Won't Endorse Cruz in 2018 Primary

    09/10/2016 11:28:56 AM PDT · by monkapotamus · 64 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | Sept. 7, 2016 | Patrick Svitek
    U.S. Sen. John Cornyn is declining to endorse fellow Texas Republican Ted Cruz for re-election to the Senate in 2018, just as Cruz did not back Cornyn for another term two years ago... Cruz is facing the prospect of a serious challenger after he upset some Republicans by expressing no support for presidential nominee Donald Trump in July at the party's national convention. U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul of Austin, who has been urged to take on Cruz, has not ruled out a run...
  • Senator To Loretta Lynch: Why Did DOJ Nix Clinton Foundation Investigation?

    08/13/2016 7:00:17 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 52 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/12/2016 | Chuck Ross
    Texas Sen. John Cornyn is demanding answers from Attorney General Loretta Lynch about the Justice Department’s decision earlier this year to decline an FBI recommendation to investigate the Clinton Foundation. The Republican points out in the letter that the DOJ’s decision not to pursue an investigation despite the FBI’s recommendation is in stark contrast to its decision last month to accept the bureau’s recommendation not to charge Clinton following its email probe. "The outcome in both cases favors Secretary Clinton," Cornyn writes. On Thursday, CNN reported that the FBI and three Justice Department field offices recommended that Justice Department headquarters...
  • Cornyn presses Lynch for answers on why Justice Department didn't open case on Clinton Foundation

    08/12/2016 12:04:39 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 45 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 8/12 | Jamie LoveGrove
    Sen. John Cornyn is stepping up pressure on Attorney General Loretta Lynch to respond to reports that the Department of Justice ignored an FBI request to investigate the Clinton Foundation. Cornyn sent a letter to Lynch on Friday with a series of questions stemming from a CNN report this week that FBI officers approached the Justice Department earlier this year about opening a case regarding the relationship between the State Department and the Clinton Foundation. The Justice Department declined to investigate, according to the report, because it had already looked into similar allegations and found there was not sufficient evidence...
  • Cornyn presses Lynch for answers on why Justice Department didn't open case on Clinton Foundation

    08/12/2016 9:44:11 AM PDT · by DFG · 23 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 08/12/2016 | Jamie Lovegrove
    Sen. John Cornyn is stepping up pressure on Attorney General Loretta Lynch to respond to reports that the Department of Justice ignored an FBI request to investigate the Clinton Foundation. Cornyn sent a letter to Lynch on Friday with a series of questions stemming from a CNN report this week that FBI officers approached the Justice Department earlier this year about opening a case regarding the relationship between the State Department and the Clinton Foundation. The Justice Department declined to investigate, according to the report, because it had already looked into similar allegations and found there was not sufficient evidence...
  • Cornyn denounces Cruz's 'mistake' of not endorsing Trump at convention

    07/30/2016 2:46:48 PM PDT · by monkapotamus · 51 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | July 29, 2016 | Jamie Lovegrove
    "I think it was a mistake,” Cornyn said in an interview on Fox News Radio’s Kilmeade & Friends. “You don’t come to the convention after you have lost the nomination and not support the nominee. I think the right thing to do would be to stay home. So I think it was a mistake and I don’t know what it means in terms of his future, but I think he miscalculated.” Cornyn added that he has not talked to Cruz since he saw him in Cleveland, but he said other members of the Texas delegation shared a similar view... Cornyn's...
  • GOP leader pushes for special counsel to investigate Clinton emails

    05/26/2016 11:03:53 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 26, 2016 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) is doubling down on his push for a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton's email practices while secretary of State in the wake of a top watchdog report. "I just have to say the conduct of the former secretary demonstrates why people just don't trust her," the Senate's No. 2 Republican said Thursday. "Her intention has been to obstruct the public's right to know." Cornyn's comments come after the State Department inspector general said that Clinton took steps to make sure her personal email account wasn't "accessible" while she was secretary of State. Cornyn said the...
  • What now, Ted Cruz?

    05/20/2016 6:30:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    The Montgomery County Courier ^ | May 20, 2016 | The Dallas Morning News
    Sen. Ted Cruz and his most determined supporters are likely still licking their wounds and mending their broken hearts. Such a sudden end to his primary campaign for president has left marks that will heal but slowly. Soon, though, Cruz will see that he has come through the hurricane of his first presidential campaign with his prospects enhanced, rather than retarded. We hope that knowledge gives him confidence and patience to reconsider his approach to the job he is returning to, as the junior senator from Texas. That’s the work, after all, that Texas voters singled him out for in...
  • John Cornyn: Ted Cruz Went to Washington to Run for President

    04/26/2016 7:48:23 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 52 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | 04/26/2016 | Steven Becker
    On Monday afternoon, KERA News' Krys Boyd sat down with Sen. John Cornyn in the Hart Senate Office Building to talk about new legislation he’s sponsoring, Donald Trump — and Ted Cruz, his Texas colleague in the Senate who's running for president. Here’s an excerpt from their conversation. Read the full story at KERA News.
  • GOP blocks slate of Obama judicial nominees

    04/26/2016 4:58:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 26, 2016 | Jordain Carney
    Cameron Lancaster Senate Republicans blocked a slate of President Obama's lower court nominees Tuesday. Democratic Sens. Mazie Hirono (Hawaii),Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and Ben Cardin (Md.) asked for consent four times to bring up a total of 11 judicial nominations Tuesday, arguing that the pace of confirmation votes has created a backlog. "The judicial confirmation process has been at a crawl for years. Now it has come to a functional standstill," said Schumer, who is expected to be the next Senate Democratic leader. The Senate's top Republicans teamed up to block the Democratic efforts. Majority LeaderMitch McConnell objected to requests...
  • Cornyn: Obama 'trying to influence' FBI Clinton probe

    04/14/2016 6:35:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/14/15 | Joel Gehrke
    The number two Republican in the Senate charged Thursday that President Obama is "trying to influence the outcome" of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her tenure at the State Department. "Time and time again, the White House has projected its desired outcome of this investigation to the public, and worse, to those people conducting it," Texas Sen. John Cornyn said on the Senate floor Thursday afternoon. The Senate majority whip has long called for a special counsel to take over the review of Clinton's email practices, but President Obama's latest defense of...
  • Cruz's Relationship with Cornyn Seen as Disconnected

    04/12/2016 8:48:13 PM PDT · by writer33 · 34 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | 04/12/16 | Abby Livingston
    WASHINGTON — One is a steady 16-year veteran of the U.S. Senate, a well-connected elder in the Grand Old Party. The other is an energetic bomb thrower who in four short years has positioned himself as the only thing standing between the Republican presidential nomination and Donald Trump. Together, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz represent Texas in the U.S. Senate. That means regularly working together in the best interests of their state. For years, their detached relationship has been little more than the subject of Capitol Hill gossip. Yet now, with their party at a crossroads and the presidential nomination...
  • Cornyn: No Border Wall Needed Between Texas and Mexico (Wants a virtual wall built instead)

    03/31/2016 11:28:13 AM PDT · by doldrumsforgop · 65 replies
    breitbart ^ | 3/31/16 | l shadwick
    Texas’ senior U.S. Senator says that building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border is not the solution to border security. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said during a tour of the border on Tuesday, “It’s more than just a physical obstacle.” In a press conference following the river tour, Cornyn told reporters, “What we need is a virtual border.” As reported by the local Fox News affiliate in the Valley, Cornyn was touring the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge near the Texas-Mexico border. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) was also with him. When he was on the border near Anzalduas Park near Mission, Texas,...
  • Rallies urge GOP senators to back Supreme Court vote

    03/21/2016 3:21:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 21, 2016 5:40 PM EDT | Julie Carr Smyth and Alan Fram
    An effort by liberal groups to pressure Republicans to allow Senate consideration of President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee got off to a modest start Monday as small groups of demonstraters rallied outside lawmakers’ offices around the country. A bigger election-year battle ramped up as both sides brought their viewpoints to television, social media and supporters’ email inboxes. Five days after Obama tabbed federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland for the vacant seat, about 25 people appeared outside the Columbus, Ohio, office of GOP Sen. Rob Portman, who is backing Republican leaders’ insistence on awaiting the pick of whoever is...
  • After tough talk on security and immigration, Ted Cruz will visit the border Friday

    03/18/2016 11:20:23 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 33 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 3/17/16 | Christine Ayala
    Sen. Ted Cruz will visit the U.S.-Mexico border Friday, marking only his second trip as a presidential candidate – although he has made border security central to his campaign. Related Lindsey Graham to campaign for Cruz but falls short of endorsing him Rubio calls Cruz the 'only conservative left in the race' Cruz takes the debate to Trump, following front-runner to pro-Israel conference The Republican will make stops in Phoenix and Douglas, Ariz., which hugs the border, sitting across from Agua Prieta, Mexico. Since the start of his Senate term in 2013, Cruz has made only five visits to Texas...
  • Democrats denounce GOP 'piñata' comment on Supreme Court

    03/08/2016 2:44:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 8, 2016 5:41 PM EST | Matthew Daly
    Democrats accused Republicans on Tuesday of taking their cues from Donald Trump after the Senate’s No. 2 Republican said President Barack Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court should expect to be treated like a “piñata.” Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said Republicans were “acting like big, tough people threatening to destroy the reputation of a Supreme Court nominee they haven’t even met yet.” Reid and other Democrats denounced a comment by Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, who told reporters late Monday that anyone nominated by Obama to the high court “will bear some resemblance to a piñata.” Reid...
  • Obama calls Cornyn to talk SCOTUS battle (RINO Cornyn alert)

    02/23/2016 3:44:22 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/23/16 | Jordan Fabian
    President Obama on Tuesday phoned the second-ranking Senate Republican, John Cornyn, amid a major battle over the Supreme Court. "Appreciate the courtesy of a call from POTUS on SCOTUS nomination and criminal justice reform," the Texas senator tweeted.
  • Sen. Cruz: We Must Send the Message That Defiance of Our Laws Will No Longer Be Tolerated (Video&T)

    10/20/2015 11:35:57 AM PDT · by Isara · 57 replies
    Cruz.Senate.gov ^ | October 20, 2015
    Demands accountability of the Obama Administration through legislation cracking down on sanctuary cities, criminal illegal aliens Watch the video WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor citing the Obama Administration’s persistent negligence of immigration law enforcement and bolstering the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act (S. 2146), of which he is a lead cosponsor, as a small step in the right direction. In addition to stripping certain federal funds from sanctuary jurisdictions, the legislation also incorporates critical elements of Kate’s Law, which Sen. Cruz introduced earlier this year, by imposing...
  • Report: David Dewhurst will pay campaign debts from senate race (Texas)

    10/06/2015 7:10:39 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 10/5/15 | Bobby Blanchard
    Former Lt. Governor David Dewhurst has agreed to pay off $800,000 of debt from his failed bid for the U.S. Senate in 2012, according to a report in The Texas Tribune. According to a September letter obtained by the Tribune, Dewhurst has agreed to pay the debt over the next year but he said that he was not legally obligated to pay the money to his vendors. “While there is obviously no legal obligation that I personally pay the vendors invoices, and while a few of you let me down with messaging and media that was counter-productive, plus there were...
  • McConnell, Cornyn Push Through Voice Vote to Fund Planned Parenthood, Protect Obama’s Iran Deal

    07/29/2015 7:49:14 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 Jul 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    On the floor of the U.S. Senate on Sunday evening, something remarkable—a little bit insider-y in Washington, but remarkable nonetheless—happened: The Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), his entire leadership team, and most of the Republicans in the U.S. Senate voice voted through measures to fund Planned Parenthood in its entirety and to help protect President Barack Obama’s nuclear arms deal with Iran. The reason the voice vote is significant is because McConnell, especially, and his Whip Sen. John Cornyn, purposefully launched what appears to be an unprecedented effort to duck accountability for their votes—and the votes of every...
  • Senate Resurrection of Export-Import Bank Goes to Divided House

    07/26/2015 2:34:42 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7/26/15 | JONATHAN WEISMAN
    In a rare and fiery weekend session, the Senate voted on Sunday to resurrect the federal Export-Import Bank, handing the Republican Party’s most conservative wing a major defeat and setting up a showdown this week with House leaders divided over the moribund export credit agency. The bipartisan vote — 67 to 26 — broke a filibuster and allowed supporters to attach a measure to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank to a three-year highway and infrastructure bill, which is expected to pass the Senate early this week. The agency’s authorization expired June 30, halting all new loan guarantees and other assistance to...
  • Senate Votes to Revive Export-Import Bank, Keep Obamacare

    07/26/2015 1:53:15 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 112 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 7/26/15 | Niels Lesniewski
    In a pair of losses for conservatives, the Senate voted overwhelmingly Sunday to revive the Export-Import Bank while failing to overcome a filibuster of an attempt to repeal Obamacare — with more fireworks to come. The rare Sunday votes set the stage for the Senate to send a long-term highway bill tied to the Ex-Im Bank to the House later this week, but not before facing other gambits by conservatives, including a procedural vote forced by Sen. Ted Cruz regarding the Iran deal and an effort to deploy a maneuver akin to the “nuclear option.”
  • Senior Senate Republicans rebuke Sen. Cruz over his attacks on Majority Leader McConnell

    07/26/2015 12:55:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Columbus Republic ^ | July 26, 2015 | Erica Werner, The Associated Press
    Senior Senate Republicans lined up Sunday to rebuke Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz for attacking Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, an extraordinary display of intraparty division played out live on the Senate floor. As the Senate met for a rare Sunday session, Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and John Cornyn of Texas each rose to counter a stunning floor speech Cruz gave on Friday accusing McConnell, R-Ky., of lying. None of them mentioned Cruz by name but the target of their remarks could not have been clearer....
  • Cornyn says Senate leadership won’t block Export-Import extension (More Cornyn treachery)

    07/25/2015 5:45:09 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 7/15/15 | Sylvan Lane
    Despite his own opposition to reauthorizing the Export-Import bank, Sen. John Cornyn said Wednesday afternoon that Senate leadership won’t block an amendment to revive it. This sets up a potential showdown with his Texan colleague, Sen. Ted Cruz, who vowed hours earlier to do everything he could to keep Ex-Im dead and buried. The 81-year-old bank supported American exporters with guaranteed loans until Congress let its charter expire on June 30. Conservatives called Ex-Im crony capitalism at its worst and Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas, led the Congressional charge to kill it. Ex-Im supporters have considered reauthorizing the bank through an...
  • Cruz: "I Thought That Popularity Was the Holy Grail"

    06/29/2015 5:47:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | June 29, 2015 | Abby Livingston
    NEW YORK CITY – By his own telling, it’s been a lifelong struggle for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz to rein in his self-described “cocky” nature. In adolescence, young adulthood, and now as a junior senator running for the presidency, he has rubbed people the wrong way – and he is self-aware about it. “When I was in junior high and a geek, I thought that popularity was the Holy Grail,” Cruz said in a New York City interview with The Texas Tribune about his new memoir, A Time for Truth. “And in high school, where I achieved some modicum of...
  • Dennis Hastert Paid to Hide Sexual Misconduct With Student: Official

    05/29/2015 1:33:04 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 114 replies
    NBC News ^ | 5/29/15 | PETE WILLIAMS, ERIN MCCLAM and TRACY CONNOR
    Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid a man to conceal sexual misconduct while the man was a student at the high school where Hastert taught, a federal law enforcement official told NBC News on Friday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity. Tribune newspapers reported earlier in the day that two unnamed federal officials said that Hastert paid a man from his past to conceal sexual misconduct. Hastert was indicted Thursday on charges that he structured bank withdrawals to avoid federal reporting requirements and later lied about it to the FBI. The indictment said that Hastert was paying an unidentified...
  • 4 Texas Congressmen Say They're Backing Cruz's 2016 Bid

    05/21/2015 10:04:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | May 20, 2015 | Abby Livingston
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential campaign will announce the endorsements of four members of the Texas congressional delegation. Republican U.S. Reps. Michael Burgess of Lewisville, John Culberson of Houston, Louie Gohmert of Tyler and John Ratcliffe of Heath are all backing the state's junior senator on Thursday, according to a Cruz campaign news release obtained by The Texas Tribune. Gohmert had a specifically pointed statement in the batch of endorsements. "With a Ted Cruz Presidency, America will finally be respected around the world again as other nations will see a courageous and intellectual leader, NEVER wavering on principle, who stands...
  • Senate GOP Reject Democrats’ Compromise Trade Deal

    05/13/2015 12:40:21 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    Talk Radio News Service ^ | 5/13/15 | TRNS
    “That’s not acceptable,” Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) said. The Senate Republican leadership has rejected a compromise bill floated by Senate Democrats, leaving a key trade bill at the center of the Obama administration’s political priorities at a standstill. Senate Democrats had proposed a compromise on a trade bill earlier on Wednesday after blocking debate on fast-track authority for the president on Tuesday, which included a proposal to vote on a provision related to currency manipulation that would be included in a final bill, rather than all four bills the Democrats wanted included. Republicans quickly rejected that offer, and instead...
  • Cruz on Loretta Lynch: Absence is a no vote

    05/01/2015 5:04:04 PM PDT · by yuffy · 64 replies
    thehill ^ | May 01, 2015, 08:27 am | By Mark Hensch
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Thursday that his absence during last week’s confirmation of Attorney General Loretta Lynch was the same as voting against her. “There was no significance to the final vote, and I had a scheduling conflict,” Cruz said, according to media reports. “Under the Senate rules, absence is the equivalent of a no vote,” the 2016 GOP presidential candidate added. “It is identical procedurally.” Senators confirmed Lynch as the nation’s new attorney general on April 23 in a 56-43 vote. Cruz, a notable opponent of her nomination, said Thursday he abstained because a majority of Republicans had...
  • Another Texas Republican Took a Swipe at Ted Cruz. See How His Spokeswoman Returned Fire With These

    04/25/2015 4:58:21 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 50 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Apr. 25, 2015 | Zach Noble
    The subtweet: It’s how everyone from your neighbors’ kid to Justin Bieber chucks insults and criticism online without directly naming their target.Add Sen. Jon Cornyn (R-Texas) to the list of subtweeters.On Saturday morning, the Hill noted that Cornyn seemed to be lashing out at fellow Texas Republican — and presidential candidate — Sen. Ted Cruz with the tweet below. FYI: Cloture ends debate only. It does not confirm a nominee. Otherwise a subsequent vote on whether to confirm a nominee is meaningless.— JohnCornyn (@JohnCornyn) April 25, 2015 “FYI: Cloture ends debate only,” Cornyn wrote. “It does not confirm a nominee....
  • 4 People Who Say Ted Cruz Will Never Be President

    04/04/2015 8:51:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    Care2 ^ | April 4, 2015 | Robin Marty
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced his 2016 presidential campaign last month, making him the only current official Republican candidate — for now. All of that is expected to change next week as Marco Rubio and Rand Paul make their own announcements, and likely push Cruz into the presidential background. But it’s not just me who believes that Ted Cruz has no shot of being the party nominee, much less the eventual President in 2016. Here are four pretty persuasive groups who also say that President Cruz is never going to happen. 1. His fellow Texas politicians It’s pretty hard to...
  • Cornyn Won’t Endorse Cruz in Presidential Primary - Cornyn - the poster child for RINOs

    03/24/2015 5:46:30 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 33 replies
    breitbart ^ | 3/24/15 | s rumpf
    Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) will not be endorsing Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in the Republican Presidential Primary. As Breitbart Texas reported, Cruz officially became 2016’s first Republican presidential candidate this week with a Tweet posted shortly after midnight Monday morning, followed by an announcement speech delivered at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Cornyn, the Senate Majority Whip, was asked about his fellow Texas Senator’s candidacy in an interview with Politico on Monday, just a few hours after Cruz’s speech. Cornyn cited the crowded primary field as his reason for staying neutral. “You know, we’ve got a lot of Texans who...
  • Settling in as majority whip, Cornyn huddles with Cruz, hits Obama for stubbornness

    01/07/2015 10:01:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | January 7, 2015 | Todd J. Gillman
    On his first full day as deputy leader of the Senate majority, Texan John Cornyn blasted the president for ignoring public demands to collaborate more, and said he works far more closely with Sen. Ted Cruz than many people realize. “We don’t really know yet how constructive President Obama intends to be,” Cornyn said, adding that this week’s “premature” threat to veto the Keystone XL pipeline doesn’t bode well. “The American people said in this last election on Nov. 4 that they are pretty disgusted with the status quo here in Washington.” Obama has invited congressional leaders from both parties...
  • Oct 24th 2013: Three Ways McCaul-Jackson Lee Border Bill Weakens Current Law (October 2013)

    01/03/2015 1:32:17 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 1 replies
    NumbersUSA ^ | Oct 24th 2013 | Chris Chmielenski
    During his press briefing on Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner said that he's "hopeful" the House will move on immigration legislation before the end of the year. With House Republicans sticking to the mantra of border security before amnesty, it's likely the chamber will soon act on H.R.1417, the McCaul-Jackson Lee "border security" bill. Our legislative analyst Grant Newman has dissected the legislation, and he reports that the bill won't secure the border and even weakens existing law. THREE WAYS H.R.1417 WEAKENS CURRENT LAW 1) Secures only part of the border - The Secure Fence Act of 2006 requires the...
  • Senator Blunt Joins Cruz, Cornyn On Amicus Brief Against President Obama’s Executive Amnesty

    12/24/2014 7:33:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    PoliticalNews.me ^ | December 24, 2014
    Senator Blunt Joins Cruz, Cornyn On Amicus Brief Against President Obama’s Executive Amnesty WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) joined an amicus brief led by U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (Texas) and co-signed by U.S. Senator John Cornyn (Texas) in support of a lawsuit brought by the State of Texas against President Barack Obama’s illegal amnesty. The brief is also co-signed by a number of members from the U.S. House of Representatives. Blunt also voted in favor of a constitutional point of order offered by Cruz and U.S. Senator Mike Lee (Utah) against the president’s executive amnesty. “I agree...
  • Cornyn: Obama needs ‘remedial civics’ lesson

    11/20/2014 1:50:08 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/20/14 | Ramsey Cox
    Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) blasted President Obama’s executive order on immigration, saying the president needs a “remedial civics 101” course to refresh his understanding of the Constitution's separations of power. “There is an appropriate way to address this, and it’s not amnesty,” Cornyn said on the Senate floor Thursday. “This is really a terrible precedent.”
  • Sen. Cornyn: President’s Power Grab Poisons Prospects For Real Reform

    11/20/2014 6:36:57 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 10 replies
    Wilson County News ^ | 11/19/14 | Senator John Cornyn
    WASHINGTON--U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, today spoke on the Senate floor against the President’s intended unilateral action to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. Video of his remarks can be seen here and excerpts are below: “We are a nation of immigrants. And proud of it. Our rich, diverse heritage would not have been the same without the contribution of immigrants that have come from around the world. Contributions that have become part of the very fabric of our lives and our society. But part of what makes the American dream possible is the rule of law. It's our...
  • John Cornyn: Obama Executive Amnesty ‘Unconstitutional And Illegal’

    11/20/2014 6:15:26 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/19/14 | CHARLIE SPIERING
    Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) denounced President Obama’s planned executive amnesty as “unconstitutional and illegal” after the president revealed that he would announce his planned action on Thursday evening. “I believe his unilateral action, which is unconstitutional and illegal, will deeply harm our prospects for immigration reform,” Cornyn said on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday.
  • GOP leaders warn 'impeachment' is a dirty word (Cornyn, Grahamnesty alert...)

    11/19/2014 12:12:45 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 62 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/19/14 | MANU RAJU and BURGESS EVERETT
    Senior Republicans worry that party could misplay hand on Obama’s immigration action Republican leaders, anticipating outrage from their base over President Barack Obama’s upcoming immigration move, have a message for their party: Don’t use the ‘I’ word. Senior House and Senate Republicans don’t want their rank-and-file to even raise the specter of impeaching Obama, fearing it would give Democrats a message to rally around as the president’s party is split over the hugely controversial move. Ahead of the upcoming announcement, top congressional Republicans are trying to find the right balance between expressing outrage and overreaching, hoping that the battle doesn’t...
  • Cornyn stresses prospects for cooperation with Democrats

    11/13/2014 2:49:55 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 41 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 11/12/14 | Todd J. Gillman
    Texas Sen. John Cornyn, deputy leader of the Senate’s newly empowered Republicans, laid out a vision Wednesday for an era of cooperation — a chance “to restore faith in our democratic institutions” after years of partisan strife. He promised Democrats a fair shot at putting their ideas to a vote — a departure from the heavy-handed approach their own leaders took toward Republicans in recent years. He also warned that the new majority won’t tolerate unilateral action by the White House on immigration.
  • Influence of Sens. Cornyn, Cruz soars but in different ways

    11/09/2014 5:19:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | November 8, 2014 | Todd G. Gillman
    John Cornyn is the even-keeled insider. Ted Cruz is the brash, ambitious bomb-thrower. The GOP takeover of the Senate last week puts the two Texas Republicans in a white-hot spotlight — and potentially a collision course. As deputy majority leader, Cornyn’s main task will be to keep the party unified behind an agenda and strategy set by the incoming majority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Cruz, by contrast, wouldn’t even pledge to support McConnell for the leadership post, before or after Tuesday night’s sweeping victory. “Ted’s going to be a leader. He’s not just going to be an agitator,” said...
  • A coming Senate battle between Ted Cruz and John Cornyn?

    11/06/2014 5:55:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | November 6, 2014 | Nicole Stockdale
    Even before the Republican wave washed over the U.S. on Tuesday night, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was signalling his priorities should the GOP gain control of the Senate. In a Washington Post profile last weekend, he was clear: No more Mr. Nice Guy. Republicans should use the new power to be as conservative and confrontational as the GOP-dominated House has been. Cruz said the first order of business should be a series of hearings on President Obama, “looking at the abuse of power, the executive abuse, the regulatory abuse, the lawlessness that sadly has pervaded this administration.” And in a...
  • GOP's John Cornyn Eyes Immigration Reform 'After We Get Majority'

    10/29/2014 7:49:52 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 167 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 10/28/14 | Jennifer G. Hickey
    During a debate with Democratic challenger David Alameel, Texas Sen. John Cornyn said it is time to reach a "consensus" on immigration reform by "finding parts that we agree on," including providing children of illegal immigrants access to education. "I believe education is the way out," the Republican said. He added that the children of parents "who did not comply with our immigration laws are guilty of nothing," and "it makes no sense to condemn them to a minimum-wage job for the rest of their lives when they could produce so much more, when they could be so much more....
  • Latino Activists to Support Texas Sen. John Cornyn for Re-Election, Say His Immigration Reform

    10/29/2014 7:45:04 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 2 replies
    Latin Post ^ | 10/27/14 | Olivia Demrinis
    Latino Activists to Support Texas Sen. John Cornyn for Re-Election, Say His Immigration Reform Plan Is 'OK Leaders in Texas said in a recent debate that politicians will need to compromise on immigration reform to be successful. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn has been in office for the last 12 years, during which he has resisted granting citizenship to the estimated 11 million undocumented people in the United States, many of which reside in his constituency. However, with Election Day for his Senate seat rapidly approaching, Cornyn seemed to be open to working with Latino leaders on this issue in a...
  • SEN. JOHN CORNYN DECLARES SUPPORT FOR DREAM ACT

    10/29/2014 7:37:37 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/28/14 | Tony Lee
    Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), who is in line to be Senate Majority Whip if Republicans regain control of Congress next week, declared his support for the DREAM Act. During a KUVN Univision 23 debate with his Democrat opponent David Alameel last Friday, Cornyn said that he was a "strong supporter of immigration reform." Cornyn also said that illegal immigrant DREAMers who "are guilty of nothing other than coming with their family" should be allowed to "serve in the military" and "earn an American citizenship."
  • Conservatives ready to give leaders hell (Clean border security bill w/o Amnesty, H1B flood)

    10/29/2014 6:44:12 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/29/14 | LAUREN FRENCH and ANNA PALMER
    Conservatives in Congress are drawing up their wish list for a Republican Senate, including “pure” bills, like a full repeal of Obamacare, border security and approval of the Keystone XL pipeline — unlikely to win over many Democrats and sure to torment GOP leaders looking to prove they can govern. Interviews with more than a dozen conservative lawmakers and senior aides found a consensus among the right wing of the Republican Party: If Republicans take the Senate, they want to push an agenda they believe was hamstrung by the Democratic-controlled chamber, even if their bills end up getting vetoed by...
  • BOLD COLORS VS. PALE PASTELS: TEXAS SENS. TED CRUZ, JOHN CORNYN DIFFER ON GOP VISION

    10/23/2014 6:29:03 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/23/14 | Tony Lee
    Texas' two Republican Senators disagree on what Republicans should prioritize if the party regains control of Congress. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who is considering a 2016 presidential run and is seen as the conservative voice in Congress, wants Republicans to try to repeal Obamacare and stop President Barack Obama's executive grants of amnesty. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), who may become Majority Whip if the GOP wins a net of six Senate seats this year, believes Republicans will only win the White House in 2016 if conservative stalwarts like Cruz water down their bold conservatism and compromise. Cornyn recently said "that...
  • Texas Senate: Cornyn (R) 50%, Alameel (D) 29%

    10/06/2014 5:41:22 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    Incumbent Republican John Cornyn remains a near certainty for reelection to the U.S. Senate in Texas. The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Texas Voters shows Cornyn with 50% support to Democratic challenger David Alameel’s 29%. Six percent (6%) like another candidate in the race, and 15% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The survey of 840 Likely Voters in Texas was conducted on October 1-2, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports....
  • Cornyn demands answers on Ebola screening procedures (but doesn't support Africa flight ban...)

    10/04/2014 3:34:38 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    Friendswood Journal ^ | 10/3/14 | Senator John Cornyn
    U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today wrote to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske to request additional information on the screening process for incoming passengers to the U.S. following this week’s first confirmed case of Ebola in Dallas: “Under current protocols, what specific events or indicators would justify an enhanced screening process by CBP? Is CBP currently considering additional plans to increase enhanced screenings of incoming passengers?,” wrote Sen. Cornyn. “I urge you to coordinate with the CDC to ensure that we are providing accurate, timely, and appropriate information to all passengers arriving into the United...
  • John Cornyn for re-election to Senate (because he'll be a Grand Conciliator...)

    10/03/2014 11:46:58 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 10/3/14 | EXPRESS-NEWS EDITORIAL BOARD
    We do not always agree with Texas Sen. John Cornyn, and, as he is in Senate leadership, it’s difficult not to lay some of the blame at his feet for the gridlock that has seized Congress. We recommend him for re-election nonetheless, based on a long record of achievement — but also on a hope. Through his decades of public service to Texas as a state district judge, a state Supreme Court justice and attorney general, we’ve seen a John Cornyn who might not have been as comfortable as he appears today in the Beltway’s toxic politics. This, of course,...