Cornyn: ‘This is Not What Responsible Governing Looks Like’

On the floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed Democrats’ lack of progress on critical annual priorities, including funding the government and passing the National Defense Authorization Act. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video can be found here.

“A strong National Defense Authorization Act is critical to the success of our service members, their families, and American security and, indeed, world peace. We simply can't neglect this important responsibility or delay it any longer.”

“Congress needs to pass this annual defense authorization bill ASAP, as soon as possible.” 

“For the past 61 years in a row - 61 years - Congress has managed to overcome partisan differences and pass this legislation. I hope that will continue this year, but I'm becoming more and more concerned, given the crunch that we're experiencing here 19 days before Christmas.”

“Once we pass the defense authorization bill, which I hope we will do, we have one other big item on the to-do list, and that is government funding.”

“This bill is being negotiated, probably, on the order of almost $1.7 trillion behind closed doors by the leadership, and we'll be then presented with a fait accompli. In other words, we'll have two choices: to vote up or down on the annual appropriation bill. It's a ridiculous and embarrassing way to do business around here.”

“Our Democratic colleagues hold the majority in the House and the Senate, as well as the White House, and despite their unilateral authority to set the schedule, they have failed in some of our most basic responsibilities, and that is to advance appropriation bills before the end of the fiscal year.”

“This is not what responsible governing looks like.”

“Inflation remains at a 40-year high. Communities across the country are dealing with increases in violent crime, and the crisis at the border is growing more challenging by the day. I can't help believe that the American people deserve better than this.” 

“I hope that once we put the business of our national security and appropriating for the federal support of the federal government behind us, hopefully sooner rather than later, we won't repeat this same mistake year after year after year.”


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