Cornyn Calls for Open Amendment Process on Infrastructure Bill
Recently on the floor, I emphasized the importance of having an open amendment process available to members of both parties on the bipartisan infrastructure bill. Excerpts of my remarks are below, and video can be found here.
Our colleagues have logged countless hours to nail down specific provisions and how it would be paid for. I want to commend all of them for their efforts on both sides of the aisle. It's been a long road but we still have a long road ahead, and I appreciate both sides working in good faith to try to reach an agreement.
To gain my support, this legislation must accomplish two things. First, it must send sufficient resources to Texas to build and maintain our vast network of infrastructure projects.
My second criterion: this bill must include a real plan to pay for these infrastructure investments in a responsible way.
I'm in the process of drafting amendments to this bill including new pay-fors, and I hope these amendments will come to a vote on the Senate floor. I support the efforts of our colleagues on a bipartisan basis to negotiate the current package.
I would encourage Senator Schumer, the floor leader, to accept amendments from members of both sides of the aisle to strengthen the legislation and ensure that it meets the needs of our constituents. There's no question that the roads and bridges across the country are in need of repair.
I hope that there will be an amendment process available to both sides of the aisle to ensure that our infrastructure investments are made fairly and they are paid for responsibly.