Cornyn addresses potential Senate shut down, cyber vulnerability
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‘While our nation's public servants are having their personal, sensitive personal information stolen, the Democratic leader led nearly all of his colleagues to block sensible bipartisan legislation that was focused on that specific threat.’
WASHINGTON -- In remarks on the Senate floor today, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) criticized Senate Democrats for blocking a bipartisan cybersecurity amendment, even in light of reports millions of federal employees had their sensitive personal information stolen by hackers.
Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks:
“You would have thought this amendment, dealing as it did with cybersecurity, was a good place to park this on the Defense Authorization bill, as important a role as cybersecurity plays in our national security. And, of course, the purpose was to help the government and private businesses work together to protect Americans' personal information and their privacy, which is a pretty straightforward goal. Protecting the personal information of the American people is really, really important and it was noncontroversial.”
“While our nation's public servants are having their personal, sensitive personal information stolen, the Democratic leader led nearly all of his colleagues to block sensible bipartisan legislation that was focused on that specific threat, and which would provide for greater information sharing between the private sector and government in order to address this very problem.”
“The American people have rejected this idea that the United States Senate and the United States Congress should do nothing. They did that last November during the election. They made crystal clear that they wanted their elected representatives, whether in the House or the Senate, to come here to Washington on their behalf and to actually take steps to make their lives better and to work on their behalf, not to use this chamber for partisan political games.”
“Unfortunately, the leadership on the other side of the aisle is using these very same troops, who put their lives on the line every day, to score a few partisan points and to leverage their insatiable appetite for tax dollars.”
“I hope our friends across the aisle will listen to the American people instead of their misguided leadership. Over the past few months, under Republican majorities, this chamber has demonstrated that we're willing to work across the aisle to get the Senate functioning again for the American people.”
“I hope we can keep the Senate working and avoid this ‘Filibuster Summer.’”
“I know the people of my state expect me to come up here and represent their interests, and I know all of our constituents expect us to do better by them.”
Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Judiciary and Finance Committees.