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June 18, 2015 | 2,982 views | 1 comment

Highlighting Impact for Texas, Cornyn Urges Democrats to Rethink Filibuster of Defense Funding Bill

‘We ask a lot of our men and women in uniform. The very least we can do is pass legislation that provides for their training and equipment that they need in order to accomplish their mission.’

WASHINGTON -- In remarks on the Senate floor today, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) urged Senate Democrats to reconsider their threat to block the defense funding bill.

Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below:

“As we all know, the Democratic leader and some Democrats in his caucus have threatened not to move forward on this Defense Appropriations bill.”

“This bill provides for training and readiness funds and makes sure that our troops are well-prepared to carry out any mission that might be assigned to them anywhere in the world.”

“And perhaps most importantly ... this legislation helps make sure that our troops and military families enjoy a good quality of life.”

“I'm proud of those who serve our nation and our military in our home states. Nearly 120,000 Texans are serving on active duty today, as well as more than 55,000 guardsmen and reservists.”

“Of course, these resources that we will vote on ... go to places like Fort Bliss and Fort Hood, Texas: homes to the finest heavy-combat units in the world.”

“I also think about bases like Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas. This is a key base to home units that have deployed time and time again in recent years in support of combat missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.”

“We're also proud in my state to boast the Corpus Christi Army Depot, the largest rotary wing repair facility in the world.”

“The Defense Appropriations Bill ... makes sure that the service members assigned to those bases and countless others across our nation have what they need.”

“We ask a lot of our men and women in uniform. The very least we can do is pass legislation that provides for their training and equipment that they need in order to accomplish their mission and to ensure them the quality of life that they and their families so richly have earned.”

“I hope our colleagues across the aisle, many of whom have said they actually support the policies behind this legislation, would defy their party's leadership and their misguided advice about blocking this legislation in order to extract a negotiation on more government spending and would decide instead to move this legislation forward.”

“The brave men and women in Texas and throughout the country who are fighting on our behalf deserve nothing less.”

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