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Washington D.C.
United States Senator John Cornyn
News Release
Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Cornyn Highlights Texas Priorities in Government Funding Bill

Omnibus Would Increase Funding for Coastal Protection, Fighting Backlog of Untested Rape Kits, Active Shooter Training, and Disaster Relief

WASHINGTON –Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed priorities for Texas included in the bipartisan legislation to fund the government, including border security, law enforcement, and disaster relief.  Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his remarks can be found here

“First, as I mentioned yesterday, this bill provides significant funding to shore up security at our international border with Mexico.” 

“That means more resources to help Customs and Border Patrol, among other agencies, to enforce our laws, keep trade flowing, and stem the tide of contraband and illegal immigration.” 

“We were able to secure additional disaster relief funding in this omnibus package that will play a big part in helping communities rebuild not only from floods and bad weather we've had in the past...It will help our communities rebuild, recover, and prepare for the next storm. This legislation will also bring us closer to a solution to mitigate damage from hurricanes and storm surges along the Gulf Coast.”

“It also includes resources that help eliminate the rape kit backlog, one that I've been working on for some time, to make sure that the Debbie Smith Act, which is an excess of a $100 million that's available in funding to forensic labs all across the country, to eliminate the rape kit backlog.”

“It will help train law enforcement to handle an active shooter situation via something we passed last year on a bipartisan basis called the POLICE Act.” 

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

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