Nationwide News

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today praised the nomination of Noel Francisco as U.S. Solicitor General. Sen. Cruz and Francisco worked together as young lawyers at what is now the Cooper & Kirk law firm in Washington, D.C., and also on the legal team supporting former President George W. Bush during the 2000 Florida recount. Francisco also served as a law clerk to Judge J. Michael Luttig of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the same judge for whom Cruz clerked the previous year.

“I enthusiastically applaud President Trump’s nomination of Noel Francisco to be Solicitor General of the United States,” Sen. Cruz said. “Noel and I have been close friends for over two decades, and I know him personally to be a brilliant lawyer and a principled conservative. He has cemented his reputation as one of the best appellate advocates of our generation, including arguing and winning the landmark case of National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning, in which the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rebuked President Obama’s unlawful abuse of the President’s recess appointments power. I am confident that Noel will be a tireless champion for the rule of law, and I look forward to his strong leadership at the Department of Justice and skilled advocacy for the United States before the Supreme Court.”

 

 

‘It’s time for Congress to keep its promise.’

‘This legislation promotes sensible reforms that will make sure big-ticket items like Medicaid also are put on a more sustainable fiscal path.’

‘It will control spending in a commonsense way, it will repeal Obamacare’s taxes and the individual and employer mandate, and it will provide more flexible free-market options for families across the country.’

WASHINGTON – Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed important reforms that the American Health Care Act, legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, will make to Medicaid. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his remarks can be found here.

“Earlier this year, we began the legislative process to deliver on our biggest promise: repealing and replacing Obamacare with more affordable and more accessible health care options, options that will work for all American families.”

“It’s time for Congress to keep its promise.”

“Republicans in Congress have introduced a bill now being marked up in the House that the President can actually sign once it’s passed to get us out of this mess.”

“There will be changes along the way, but ultimately the House will pass the bill and send it to the Senate, and then we’ll have an opportunity to offer our amendments.”  

“This legislation promotes sensible reforms that will make sure big-ticket items like Medicaid also are put on a more sustainable fiscal path.”

“It will also return the authority back to the states to come up with the flexible programs they need in order to deal with the specific health care needs of the people in their state.”  

“This bill is the opposite of Obamacare in every way. It will control spending in a commonsense way, it will repeal Obamacare’s taxes and the individual and employer mandate, and it will provide more flexible free-market options for families across the country.”

“I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House, and the Senate, and now in the Trump Administration to get this done in the next few weeks.”  

Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Finance, Intelligence, and Judiciary Committees.

Bill Would Allow DHS to Work with Consortium to Train States, Local Governments on Cybersecurity

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium Act to authorize the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to work with the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium (NCPC) to help prepare for and respond to cybersecurity risks at the national, state, and local levels.

“With national security threats constantly evolving, we must take every precaution to ensure our communities are well-equipped to respond,” said Sen. Cornyn.  “This bill would bring all hands on deck, including UTSA and Texas A&M, to help train states and local governments to guard against a potential cyberattack.”

“Cybersecurity is an imperative for us all.  From large corporations to small businesses and individual Vermonters, to government agencies, our digital security is increasingly at risk,” said Sen. Leahy.  “I have long supported the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium to educate our communities to defend and recover from cyberattack.  The bipartisan legislation we are introducing today will help to ensure continued collaboration between cybersecurity expertise developed at our nation’s finest educational institutions and state and local governments.  I am proud to support this bipartisan effort.”

“The ever-increasing cyber threat, whether from state actors or rogue entities, requires continued vigilance to safeguard federal, state, and local infrastructure,” said Sen. Cruz. “This bill will help ensure that state and local communities are able to receive training and preparation to strengthen their capabilities. I’m proud to work on legislation that is being spearheaded by Texas universities and appreciate the assistance of my colleagues to help our local and state officials fight and respond to cyberattacks.”

The NCPC is comprised of university- based training entities including The University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, The University of Arkansas, The University of Memphis, and Norwich University.

Under this bill, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security would be authorized to work with the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium to:

  • Provide training to state and local first responders and officials, develop curriculums, and provide technical assistance;
  • Conduct cross-sector cybersecurity training and simulation exercises for state and local governments, critical infrastructure owners and operators, and private industry;
  • Help states and communities develop cybersecurity information sharing programs; and
  • Help incorporate cybersecurity risk and incident prevention and response into existing state and local emergency plans and continuity of operations plans.

 

Celebrates Texas Soldiers who Sacrificed for our Freedom

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today submitted a statement to the Congressional Record to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the capture of the Texas Lost Battalion, the 2nd Battalion, 131st Field Artillery Regiment from Camp Bowie in Brownwood, Texas, by the Imperial Japanese Army on Java on March 8, 1942.

“This week, we remember the brave men of Texas who gave so much to preserve freedom in the Pacific and survived the greatest horrors of World War II. Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 131st Field Artillery Regiment from Camp Bowie Texas, a Texas National Guard unit, were fighting alongside Australian forces on Java, an island in Indonesia, against invading Japanese forces,” said Sen. Cornyn.

“March 8th 2017, marks the seventy-fifth year since their capture on the island of Java and these Soldiers deserve to be remembered for their heroic service and sacrifices in the Pacific theater of battle.” 

Full text of the statement entered into the record is below.

“This week, we remember the brave men of Texas who gave so much to preserve freedom in the Pacific and survived the greatest horrors of World War II. Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 131st Field Artillery Regiment from Camp Bowie Texas, a Texas National Guard unit, were fighting alongside Australian forces on Java, an island in Indonesia, against invading Japanese forces.

“On March 8th, 1942 the Americans and their Australian allies were captured by the Japanese. A report was never filed by the Japanese to identify the captured unit. As a result, the Texas soldiers had disappeared and were dubbed ‘The Lost Battalion.’ They were combined with survivors of the USS Houston (CA-30) which had been sunk in the Battle of Sunda Strait on March 1, 1942 and dispersed to POW labor camps located in Burma, Thailand, and Japan to work as slave laborers. They worked on the Burma-Siam Death Railway building a railroad through the jungle and into the coal mines, docks, and shipyards in Japan and other Southeast Asian countries.

“For forty-two months the men of 2nd Battalion, 131st Field Artillery and the USS Houston suffered together through humiliation, degradation, physical and mental torture, starvation, and horrible tropical diseases, with no medication. Five hundred and thirty-two soldiers of the Battalion, along with three hundred and seventy-one survivors of the USS Houston were taken, prisoner. As many as one hundred and sixty-three soldiers died in captivity and of those one hundred and thirty-three are estimated to have died working on the railroad.

“In August of 1945, after forty-two months of captivity and forced labor, the survivors of 2nd Battalion, 131st Field Artillery Regiment and the survivors of the USS Houston were returned to the United States. March 8th 2017, marks the seventy-fifth year since their capture on the island of Java and these Soldiers deserve to be remembered for their heroic service and sacrifices in the Pacific theater of battle.”

Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Finance, Intelligence, and Judiciary Committees.

 

 

WASHINGTON – Today U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to create a National Criminal Justice Commission to review the criminal justice system from top to bottom. The National Criminal Justice Commission Act also proposes reforms to address the most pressing issues facing the nation’s criminal justice system.

“Strengthening the relationship between law enforcement and our communities begins with open dialogue, and through an objective review system we can modernize and reform our criminal justice system,” Senator Cornyn said. “I’m proud to again join my colleagues on this bipartisan effort to empower both the men and women who risk their lives, and the communities they serve.”

“Our criminal justice system is built on the pillars of fairness and equality, but too many Americans see growing challenges in our justice system ranging from overburdened courts and unsustainable incarceration costs to strained relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve,” said Senator Peters. “Creating the National Criminal Justice Commission is a critical step to help reduce crime, improve public safety and promote more equitable criminal justice practices. I’m proud to join Senators Graham and Cornyn to reintroduce this bipartisan bill that will identify much-needed solutions that will help strengthen our criminal justice system for every American at every level.” 

“This is a long overdue measure,” said Senator Graham. “The men and women representing law enforcement understand the need for this legislation, and I appreciate them pushing Congress to move forward on this important issue. I think the nation will be better off with this essential top-to-bottom review of the most pressing issues facing our nation’s criminal justice system.”

The legislation would create a 14-member, bipartisan National Criminal Justice Commission charged with completing an 18-month, comprehensive review of the national criminal justice system, including federal, state, local and tribal criminal justice systems, and issuing recommendations for changes in oversight, policies, practices and laws to reduce crime, increase public safety and promote confidence in the criminal justice system.  The Commission would be made up of Presidential and Congressional appointees, including experts on law enforcement, criminal justice, victims’ rights, civil liberties and social services. In 2015, Cornyn joined Graham and Peters in introducing similar legislation to establish a National Criminal Justice Commission.  The bipartisan National Criminal Justice Commission would also provide a better understanding of community relationships with law enforcement and the administration of justice through our court system, and identify effective policies to address a broad range of issues in the criminal justice system including crime reduction, incarceration and prisoner reentry.

The National Criminal Justice Commission Act is supported by a broad coalition of criminal justice organizations, including the Fraternal Order of Police, NAACP, National Sheriffs Association, and National Urban League.  Joining Cornyn, Graham and Peters are original cosponsors: Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Bob Casey (D-PA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Susan Collins (R-ME), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Mark Warner (D-VA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Kamala Harris (D-CA).

Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Finance, Intelligence, and Judiciary Committees.

 

 

 By responsibly reforming Medicaid, the states and the federal government will benefit, all while helping Medicaid work for the most vulnerable in our country and putting us on a path to fiscal sustainability.’

‘The American Health Care Act is an answer to a promise that we made, and we have made repetitively in the last three elections since Obamacare became the law of the land, and I believe it’s imperative that we keep our promise.’

‘In the end we have a binary choice. We can either keep the status quo, which is in meltdown, which is Obamacare, or we can pass legislation which offers more choices at affordable prices to the American people.’

WASHINGTON – Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed the American Health Care Act. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his remarks can be found here.

“The bill, known as the American Health Care Act, represents the next step forward in keeping our promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, which continues to fail Texans and folks all across the country.”

“Some of our colleagues across the aisle who are relishing the fact that Republicans, the majority, are now taking this step to keep our commitment to repeal and replace Obamacare, they’re sitting back and hoping that we fail. But the fact of the matter is, we would be having this debate no matter who won the presidency last November the 8th because Obamacare is in a meltdown mode.” 

“I believe actually the American Health Care Act is the most significant entitlement reform in decades, and that’s something we should all applaud. Putting Medicaid on a more sustainable path: not continuing to spend money that we don’t have and rack up annual deficits, and add to our national debt.” 

“By responsibly reforming Medicaid, the states and the federal government will benefit, all while helping Medicaid work for the most vulnerable in our country and putting us on a path to fiscal sustainability.”

The American Health Care Act is an answer to a promise that we made, and we have made repetitively in the last three elections since Obamacare became the law of the land, and I believe it’s imperative that we keep our promise.” 

“There [are] a lot of different ideas that people have, and I agree, and that’s a good thing, but in the end we have a binary choice. We can either keep the status quo, which is in meltdown, which is Obamacare, or we can pass legislation which offers more choices at affordable prices to the American people.”

 Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Finance, Intelligence, and Judiciary Committees.

 

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s recent executive order to facilitate stronger vetting procedures for refugees:

“As I stated when President Trump’s administration previously took the responsible step of acting to prevent terrorists from infiltrating our refugee programs, we live in a dangerous world. For eight long years the Obama administration remained willfully blind to the threat of radical Islamic terrorism, admitting tens of thousands of refugees whom the FBI expressly told Congress they could not be certain were not terrorists. That Obama policy made no sense, and it made America less safe. If we are serious about combating the threat of radical Islam, we must reform and strengthen our refugee programs to ensure proper vetting of those entering our country—especially when they are coming from nations that are hotbeds of terror. This is crucial to our national security and to protecting American lives, and it is a priority for which I have long advocated.

“I commend President Trump for rejecting Obama’s willful blindness. In contrast to the hysteria and mistruths that are still being pushed by the media, President Trump’s executive order implements a four-month pause in refugee admissions so that stronger vetting procedures can be put in place. This is a commonsense step that the American people overwhelmingly support. I am also pleased to see that lawful permanent residents will not be impacted by this order.

“I will continue to call on Congress to pass legislation to further assist in these efforts.  For example, the executive order calls for greater influence from the states in this process, and the State Refugee Security Act that I introduced with Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) would do just that. This is a commonsense step to help keep us safe, and should be something that all senators and representatives, regardless of political party, can unite behind.”

 

 

Denounces Castro regime’s denial of entry to first recipient of Oswaldo Payá Liberty and Life Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) reintroduced bipartisan legislation with Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) to rename the street in front of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C. as “Oswaldo Payá Way,” in honor of Cuba’s late and celebrated dissident leader. The bill, S. 539, serves as a tribute to those who have contested the cruelty and oppression of the Castro regime and has been reintroduced following Cuba’s recent attempt to stifle efforts to honor those who stand up for human rights across the globe.

Sen. Cruz denounced the regime for denying entry visas to recipients of an award ceremony organized in Havana by Payá’s daughter, Rosa María. The ceremony was intended to honor her father’s legacy and celebrate like-minded activists who have fought for democracy and human rights against authoritarian regimes.

“The Cuban Embassy stands as a testament to the prior Administration’s relentless capitulation to oppressive dictatorships across the globe. Though Fidel Castro has died, his repressive legacy has not followed him to the grave,” Sen. Cruz said. “Raúl is not a ‘different’ Castro; he shared Fidel’s tyrannical reign, brutally imprisoning and torturing the people of Cuba. It is my hope and belief that President Trump’s Administration will operate from a posture of strength to reassure those fighting for freedom in Cuba that America stands with them. I commend Rosa María Payá for her brave efforts to honor her father’s fight for freedom by bestowing an award in his name. The Castro regime’s cowardly actions to stifle the first awards ceremony only shines a brighter light on Oswaldo Payá’s legacy and serves as an example for younger generations who seek change among brutal dictatorships.”

“In 2012, Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá was murdered by the Castro regime, which attempted to disguise the assassination as a car crash,” Sen. Rubio said. “For decades the Castros have systematically exterminated, imprisoned, and brutalized their political opponents, and as Cuban artist El Sexto testified to Congress just last month, ‘repression has increased’ since President Obama’s one-sided concessions to the communist dictators. Renaming the street in front of the Cuban embassy in Washington, D.C. ‘Oswaldo Payá Way’ would permanently remind Castro and his murderous thugs of the innocent blood they have spilled, and send a strong message that dissidents’ calls for freedom can never be fully silenced or erased.”

“Although former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro has died, the tyrannical regime he built is still very much alive,” said Marion Smith, Executive Director of Victims of Communism. “For fifty-eight long years, Cubans have daily suffered from human rights violations committed by the Castro regime. Cuba’s dissidents have endured long enough. Renaming the Cuban Embassy’s D.C. address as the Oswaldo Payá Way is an expression of solidarity, a visible reminder that the U.S. supports the hopes and aspirations of Cuban dissidents. Today, we are putting the Castro regime on notice: their cruelty and barbarism will not be forgotten.”

Rosa María Payá, Oswaldo’s daughter, is the founder of Cuba Decides, a citizen’s initiative promoting a peaceful transition to democracy within the communist country. To further her group’s platform, Rosa María founded the Oswaldo Payá Liberty and Life Award to honor her father’s legacy of fighting for democracy and human rights. The first recipients of the award were recently given to Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Luis Almagro, and the late Chilean President Patricio Aylwin. However, the day before last week’s scheduled ceremony, the Castro regime denied visas to both Almagro and Aylwin’s daughter – Chilean parliamentarian and former minister of foreign affairs Mariana Aylwin – who had planned to accept the award on her late father’s behalf. Former Mexican President Felipe Calderón was also denied entry to attend the ceremony, confirming that in spite of Cuba’s symbolic gestures toward a freer society, it has in fact done nothing meaningful to offer personal liberty or basic human rights to its suffering citizens.

Full text of the legislation can be viewed here.

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Several conservative news outlets have taken note of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) recommended approach for repealing and replacing Obamacare. Among Sen. Cruz’s prescriptions for healthcare reform, he calls for the repeal of Obamacare’s insurance regulations and makes clear that the vice president or Senate majority has the statutory and constitutional authority to ensure the regulations are repealed, regardless of the advice of the Senate parliamentarian.

Read Sen. Cruz’s op-ed in its entirety here.

Following is a summary of news coverage:

Hot Air: Ted Cruz: Here’s how to repeal Obamacare

“People don’t like disruption of their health care. Republicans have capitalized on that fact in every election since 2010. Democrats will now try to do the same. But it’s too late to turn back. Republicans need to move forward with repeal. As for how to do that, Cruz says to start with the 2015 repeal language. With Democrats vowing total obstructionism the only way to get this done is through reconciliation. As for what comes next, Cruz recommends six steps which most Republicans already agree on…”

The Resurgent: Ted Cruz: The Right Way to Repeal

“True to his custom, Cruz lays out a simple yet meticulous plan by which Republicans can not only rid our nation of the albatross that is the ACA, but also move forward with positive, conservative legislation. It is a must-read, both informative on the proposal and revealing as to how the Senator’s mind works. Cruz begins as he frequently does, forming a basic philosophical foundation for building to action. The principles which should guide Republicans in their repeal efforts, according to Cruz, are twofold:  Honor the promise of repeal made to voters, and don’t make things worse in the process.”

RedState: Ted Cruz and Rand Paul Bring Attention to the Need for a Free Market Repeal of ObamaCare

“Cruz’s op-ed begins by insisting that Republicans honor their promise and actually repeal ObamaCare without making it worse. Cruz outlines six specific proposals: “allow consumers to purchase insurance across state lines…expand health savings accounts…change the tax laws to make health insurance portable…protect continuous coverage…allow small businesses to pool together in association plans to get better rates for their employees… [and] block grant Medicaid to the states.” The general idea behind the proposals is to let the free market do its magic.”

Language from Cornyn’s MANIFEST Act Now Headed to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 442, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Transition Authorization Act of 2017, which includes language from Sen. Cornyn’s MANIFEST Act to require NASA to develop plans for the future of U.S. human space exploration, including setting the goal of landing an astronaut on Mars:

“This bill’s passage demonstrates our nation’s strong commitment to the long-term goal of landing a human astronaut on Mars,” said Sen. Cornyn. “I thank my colleague Rep. Culberson for his work on this legislation, and I look forward to the President signing this bill into law so we can continue exploring the next frontier.”

The NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017 includes the following provisions consistent with Sen. Cornyn’s MANIFEST for Human Spaceflight Act:

  • The legislation would require NASA to regularly provide Congress a human exploration strategy outlining goals and destinations for future manned space missions.
  • To ensure the agency considers independent views, NASA is directed to partner with the National Academies to provide input and further recommendations that would be included in the final strategy.
  • Directs NASA to specifically designate a human presence on the surface of Mars and  beyond low-earth orbit as a long-term goal, a position supported by the Spaceflight Committee’s report as well as the broader space exploration community.
  • Reaffirms Congressional support for the Space Launch System and the Orion program, and directs any long-term strategy to include opportunities for collaboration with industry and academia.

Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Finance, Intelligence, and Judiciary Committees.