Poinsettias: Texas’ Mark on the Festive Flower
The Lonestar Weekly The Lonestar Weekly About For Texans Issues Newsroom Contact Poinsettias: Texas' Mark on the Festive Flower 'Tis the season of anticipation, and all around us are signs of the upcoming celebration. In church courtyards, three wise men eagerly look upon still-empty mangers. Elsewhere, some unsuspecting Texans have already seen their first snowfall of the season - or even the decade. And all across the state, Christmas lights twinkle at nightfall, while during the day, vibrant red poinsettias keep the mood merry and bright. Poinsettias have become a staple of the season, but did you know the Christmas flower has ties to the Texas border? Photo by U.S. Dept. of Agriculture In 1825, President John Quincy Adams appointed the first U.S. Minister to Mexico: Joel Roberts Poinsett. Poinsett travelled south to Mexico with the task of renegotiating the U.S.-Mexico border and bringing Texas into the U.S. once and for all. At that time, the southern border of the U.S. sat at the Red River, north of modern-day Texas. President Adams dreamed of the United States extending all the way south to the Rio Grande River, and he was willing to pay one million dollars for that prize. Of course, Mexico saw great value in Texas and did not budge. Unfortunately for him, Poinsett never succeeded in his mission of purchasing Texas. However, during his failed attempt in moving the U.S.-Mexico border, the amateur botanist discovered a plant near Taxco de Alarcón so beautiful that he cut its stems and had them sent back home to the United States. He mailed the vibrant red blooms to friends, fellow botanists, and botanical gardens across the country, and by 1836 - the very same year Texas won its independence from Mexico - the flowers had become widely known across the country not by their scientific name (Euphorbia pulcherrima), but by the name of the diplomat who brought them here: poinsettias. Today, Texas is a top poinsettia producer, although cultivating the red Christmas poinsettias is no easy feat. To grow the brightest blossoms, poinsettias require at least five consecutive twelve-hour nights and warm, bright sunny days. These plants still grow best in the Taxco region of Mexico, where Joel Roberts Poinsett found them almost two centuries ago, and where they're still known as Flores de Nochebuena (Christmas Eve flowers). Texas' own native poinsettia has a distinct splash of red-orange, and is therefore aptly called the "Painted" Poinsettia or the "Fire on the Mountain" Poinsettia. Texas Painted Poinsettia Photo by Judy Gallagher During Christmastime in Texas, poinsettias of all kinds adorn town squares, gardens, and homes. In Big Spring, Texas, the annual 'Poinsettias in the Park' attraction features multiple enormous metal poinsettias wrapped in Christmas lights. The Concho Christmas Celebration is also known for its life-like poinsettia light exhibit. And the winter wonderland display at the Gaylord Texan hotel in Garland, Texas boasts more than 2,000 live poinsettias in all. As you see these famed poinsettia displays and others in Texas this season, I hope you'll take a moment to remember their history. To all Texans who produce, decorate with, and admire the beauty of poinsettias, I wish you and your family a very merry Christmas. 517 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 Main: 202-224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856 Get Assistance This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system October 8, 2015. For more information please follow the URL below: newsletter.senate.gov/p/isv0T8coEN Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out: newsletter.senate.gov/p/osv0T8coEN To unsubscribe from future mailings, send an email to mailto:xxx?Subject=Unsubscribe&body=Please%20remove%20me%20from%20further%20mailings with "Unsubscribe" as the subject line.
· Fri, Dec 15 · cornyn

More Money in Your Pocket
The Lonestar Weekly The Lonestar Weekly About For Texans Issues Newsroom Contact More Money in Your Pocket Last week the Senate took a major step towards simplifying our antiquated tax code for the first time in more than three decades This is the jumpstart our economy needs to bring jobs back and leave more money in the pockets of hardworking Texans. Click here to watch my latest tax reform video. A family of four in Texas making the median income will see their taxes cut by thousands of dollars - money they can save or spend on what they want instead of handing it over to Washington. And for Texas small businesses, this bill means less time trying to navigate the tax code and more time creating jobs. Next, the House and Senate will meet to resolve the differences between their two tax reform bills. I look forward to being part of that conversation. There's still work to be done, but I'm grateful for the effort to get this over the goal line in the Senate, and I look forward to getting tax reform to the President's desk by Christmas to deliver on our promise of pro-growth tax reform for the American people. 517 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 Main: 202-224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856 Get Assistance This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system October 8, 2015. For more information please follow the URL below: newsletter.senate.gov/p/iWt_TJhoN1 Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out: newsletter.senate.gov/p/oWt_TJhoN1 To unsubscribe from future mailings, send an email to mailto:xxx?Subject=Unsubscribe&body=Please%20remove%20me%20from%20further%20mailings with "Unsubscribe" as the subject line.
· Thu, Dec 7 · cornyn

Giving Thanks This Year
The Lonestar Weekly The Lonestar Weekly About For Texans Issues Newsroom Contact Giving Thanks This Year Thanksgiving gives us time to reflect on God's blessings. This week, I was able to lend a helping hand at the Bridge Homeless Recovery Center in Dallas, where the giving spirit is alive and well. I was reminded how blessed we are to live in a free country, and I'm thankful for the men and women who put their lives on the line to ensure our basic freedoms. I hope you will join me in giving thanks for our blessings and for those serving our country at home and abroad, many of whom are spending this holiday away from their own families. My family and I wish you and your loved ones a happy Thanksgiving. May God bless you and continue to bless the great state of Texas. 517 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 Main: 202-224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856 Get Assistance This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system October 8, 2015. For more information please follow the URL below: newsletter.senate.gov/p/isVUB0GoON Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out: newsletter.senate.gov/p/osVUB0GoON To unsubscribe from future mailings, send an email to mailto:xxx?Subject=Unsubscribe&body=Please%20remove%20me%20from%20further%20mailings with "Unsubscribe" as the subject line.
· Wed, Nov 22 · cornyn

Making America Safer
The Lonestar Weekly The Lonestar Weekly About For Texans Issues Newsroom Contact Making America Safer For years, federal agencies and states have failed to upload criminal records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) without consequence. In the wake of the tragedy in Sutherland Springs, this week I introduced bipartisan legislation to fix this systemic problem by requiring federal agencies and states to produce NICS implementation plans focused on uploading the already-required criminal conviction records to the background check system. The Fix NICS Act will also hold federal agencies that fail to upload relevant records accountable and reward states that comply with their NICS implementation plans through federal grant preferences and incentives. Fix NICS will also enable individuals who've been wrongly reported to the system the ability to be swiftly removed. Click here to watch the video. This bill has been endorsed by the NRA, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the National Sherriff's Association, and the Fraternal Order of Police. Law-abiding gun owners have the right to purchase and possess firearms. But we must enforce the laws already on the books to prevent criminals and domestic abusers from obtaining firearms. We must all do our part to prevent another tragedy like Sutherland Springs from happening again. This bill is supported by: National Rifle Association Fraternal Order of Police National Sheriff's Association National Shooting Sports Foundation National Coalition Against Domestic Violence National Network to End Domestic Violence National Domestic Violence Hotline 517 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 Main: 202-224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856 Get Assistance This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system October 8, 2015. For more information please follow the URL below: newsletter.senate.gov/p/iW9kjjVoHN Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out: newsletter.senate.gov/p/oW9kjjVoHN To unsubscribe from future mailings, send an email to mailto:xxx?Subject=Unsubscribe&body=Please%20remove%20me%20from%20further%20mailings with "Unsubscribe" as the subject line.
· Sat, Nov 18 · cornyn

Texas-Sized Haunts
The Lonestar Weekly THE TEXAS TIMES About For Texans Issues Newsroom Contact Texas-Sized Haunts Everything is bigger in Texas. And this time of year, that means scares, screams, and supernatural sightings. It's no surprise that for the second year in a row, Texas boasts two of the top three haunted houses in the United States, as ranked by HauntedHouses.com. 13th Floor in San Antonio tops this year's list with werewolves and witches, and the House of Torment in Austin trails closely behind with '40,000 square feet of torment.' Both are recommended for fright-seekers only, not the faint of heart. But most of our state's spookiest attractions aren't reserved for October - they're here all year round, and have been for centuries. You may have heard the tale of the Weeping Woman, La Llorona, who haunts the riverbanks in El Paso, or of sightings of a lantern flickering down Bragg Road in the hand of a decapitated railroad worker searching for his head in Saratoga. Visitors to Martha's Chapel Cemetery down 'Demons Road' in Huntsville have seen a moonlit hand protrude from the ground, grasping the air for something - or somebody - unknown. At that same cemetery, repeated reports of errant screams, giggles, cries, and even a headless creature over the years leave us wondering what stirred up the toil and trouble down Demons Road. But it's Texas' longstanding hotels that seem to attract the most paranormal activity. For instance, elevators at the Emily Morgan Hotel in San Antonio tend to stop on unintended floors, while elevators at the Driskill in Austin tend not to stop at all, trapping passengers until they explicitly ask the playful spirits in residence to "please open the door." It was an elevator door that finished one of two rumored ghosts at the Baker Hotel in Mineral Wells, which has now been closed since 1972. Only the bravest guests sleep soundly through the night in Room 505 at the Hotel Galvez in Galveston (others claim they feel 'uneasy' in only that room), and mischievous spirits at the Jefferson Hotel are known to toss light objects toward guests and lock them in their rooms. Flickr photo by Karen Blaha Despite these campfire tales, not all Texan spirits are spooky. Take Fred, Arlington's friendly ghost who keeps performers company on stage as they rehearse at the Arlington Music Hall and frequents Babe's Chicken Dinner House next door where he's told a waiter he once lived. Or Jacob, who has continued to watch over Houston Public Library's Julia Ideson building with his dog Petey since he passed in 1936, as reported by readers who still hear his violin and footsteps - pitter patters of six separate feet - in the halls. The shape of the man who shaped Texas - and just his shape - still roams the rooms of the Texas Governor's Mansion. His full-bodied apparition is said to appear in his old bedroom - that is, when he's not leaving footprints behind and rearranging items on his desk at his Memorial Museum in Huntsville. Whether he's stuck around to advise his successors or because he just can't bear to leave the Lone Star State he hasn't yet shared with us. If it's the latter, who could blame him? A state with such rich history as ours is bound to attract tall tales of terror like these. So whether you celebrate Halloween seeking shrills at one of the top-rated haunted houses, chills exploring Texas' historical phenomena unexplained, or thrills trick-or-treating, I wish you a Texas-sized Happy Halloween. 517 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 Main: 202-224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856 Get Assistance This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system October 8, 2015. For more information please follow the URL below: newsletter.senate.gov/p/iWIB8DroN5 Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out: newsletter.senate.gov/p/oWIB8DroN5 To unsubscribe from future mailings, send an email to mailto:xxx?Subject=Unsubscribe&body=Please%20remove%20me%20from%20further%20mailings with "Unsubscribe" as the subject line.
· Sat, Oct 28 · cornyn

From Uncle Sam’s Pocket to Yours
The Lonestar Weekly The Lonestar Weekly About For Texans Issues Newsroom Contact From Uncle Sam's Pocket to Yours As Congress works to reform our complex tax code and put more money back in the pockets of hardworking Texans, the Senate took its next step this week by passing a budget. Overhauling our outdated tax code will benefit all Texans by jumpstarting economic growth, something folks will notice each month in their paychecks. Click here to watch the video. I recently met with President Trump to discuss rewriting our tax code to be simple, fair, and more competitive. It's time that our tax system rewards Texans and small business owners by reducing rates and incentivizing job creation. As we work to reform our tax code, I have one ultimate goal: to allow Texans to keep more of their hard-earned paychecks. 517 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 Main: 202-224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856 Get Assistance This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system October 8, 2015. For more information please follow the URL below: newsletter.senate.gov/p/iWyzQoko4N Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out: newsletter.senate.gov/p/oWyzQoko4N To unsubscribe from future mailings, send an email to mailto:xxx?Subject=Unsubscribe&body=Please%20remove%20me%20from%20further%20mailings with "Unsubscribe" as the subject line.
· Sun, Oct 22 · cornyn

A Smart Plan for Secure Borders
The Lonestar Weekly The Lonestar Weekly About For Texans Issues Newsroom Contact A Smart Plan for Secure Borders After months of talking with those who live and work along the Texas border and my colleagues in Congress, this past week I introduced border security legislation called the Building America's Trust Act. This bill presents a strategic plan to secure the border focused on three main things: increase resources at our borders, boost trade through ports of entry, and strengthen enforcement of existing laws. The Building America's Trust Act is endorsed by groups like the Texas Border Sheriff's Coalition, National Association of Police Organizations, National Sheriffs' Association, and the National Border Patrol Council. Click here to watch the video. It's time to stop throwing money at the problem and hoping for the best. This legislation provides a much-needed strategic plan to secure our borders, because Texans know that a one-size-fits-all solution to border security won't work. The federal government needs to regain the public's confidence when it comes to border security by restoring order and lawfulness to our immigration system, and the Building America's Trust Act will help us do just that. 517 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 Main: 202-224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856 Get Assistance This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system October 8, 2015. For more information please follow the URL below: newsletter.senate.gov/p/iWRXOIoEN4 Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out: newsletter.senate.gov/p/oWRXOIoEN4 To unsubscribe from future mailings, send an email to mailto:xxx?Subject=Unsubscribe&body=Please%20remove%20me%20from%20further%20mailings with "Unsubscribe" as the subject line.
· Mon, Aug 7 · cornyn

Time to Deliver
The Lonestar Weekly The Lonestar Weekly About For Texans Issues Newsroom Contact Time to Deliver For years, Republicans have promised the American people we would rescue them from Obamacare. Texans deserve health coverage options that make sense at a price they can afford. Click here to watch the video. Next week, the Senate will hold a vote to begin the process of repealing Obamacare. There will be an open amendment process so that every Senator can participate and offer ideas. I've heard time and time again from Texans about how Obamacare has hurt their families, their businesses, and their wallets. It's time to deliver on our promise to the American people, and I look forward to doing just that. 517 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 Main: 202-224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856 Get Assistance This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system October 8, 2015. For more information please follow the URL below: newsletter.senate.gov/p/iWhj8b1EqN Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out: newsletter.senate.gov/p/oWhj8b1EqN To unsubscribe from future mailings, send an email to mailto:xxx?Subject=Unsubscribe&body=Please%20remove%20me%20from%20further%20mailings with "Unsubscribe" as the subject line.
· Sat, Jul 22 · cornyn

Texas, Margaret, Texas
The Lonestar Weekly TEXAS TIMES About For Texans Issues Newsroom Contact Texas, Margaret, Texas "Texas, Margaret, Texas." These were supposedly the last words Sam Houston spoke before he passed away in his Huntsville home on July 26, 1863. Margaret was his wife of 23 years. Texas, of course, was the Republic he led as President, and the State he represented in the United States Senate before serving as its Governor. Texas was his home, and it still is. He is buried at the Oakwood Cemetery in Huntsville, Texas, seventy miles north of the Bayou City named in his honor, Houston. CC Image courtesy Roy Luck via Flickr Engraved on his tombstone are the words "The World Will Take Care of Houston's Fame," and it's clear the City of Huntsville has done its part. In addition to his gravesite, those who make it to Huntsville can visit Sam Houston State University, the Sam Houston Memorial Museum, and Sam Houston's "Steamboat" home. But the biggest tribute to Texas' first President is "Big Sam," a 67-foot statue so grand you can see it from more than six miles away. David Adickes, a Huntsville native famous for memorializing history's giants in a size that reflects their continued influence, crafted the statue over two and a half years using 30 tons of concrete and steel. "Big Sam" was dedicated in 1994 under the formal title "A Tribute to Courage," and now boasts the very specific distinction of being the largest freestanding figure of an American hero. As the United States Senator who currently holds the seat Sam Houston first occupied, I often reflect upon his career of public service. He was a selfless and fearless leader, dedicated to the advancement of the Texas spirit and the preservation of our great nation. And this month on the anniversary of his passing, I ask that you join me and the City of Huntsville in remembering his legacy that helped shape the great State of Texas. 517 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 Main: 202-224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856 Get Assistance This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system October 8, 2015. For more information please follow the URL below: newsletter.senate.gov/p/is6gQRpENe Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out: newsletter.senate.gov/p/os6gQRpENe To unsubscribe from future mailings, send an email to mailto:xxx?Subject=Unsubscribe&body=Please%20remove%20me%20from%20further%20mailings with "Unsubscribe" as the subject line.
· Mon, Jul 17 · cornyn

Modern-Day Slavery
The Lonestar Weekly The Lonestar Weekly About For Texans Issues Newsroom Contact Modern-Day Slavery In Texas, there are tens of thousands of victims living in the shadows of a hidden crime: human trafficking. But there is much being done to fight this scourge on society and end what amounts to modern-day slavery in our own backyards. The Judiciary Committee recently passed a bill I introduced, the Abolish Human Trafficking Act, which would provide support to the survivors of human trafficking and the law enforcement agencies working to combat it. This legislation builds upon the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, a bill I authored that became law in 2015. Sen. Cornyn speaks at the Letot Center in Dallas, a safe haven for young women who have experienced the horror of crimes like trafficking The Abolish Human Trafficking Act would strengthen and reauthorize programs for survivors and provide resources for raising awareness and preventing this heinous crime. I am proud to have worked across the aisle to advance this legislation, and I look forward to getting it to the President's desk. 517 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 Main: 202-224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856 Get Assistance This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system October 8, 2015. For more information please follow the URL below: newsletter.senate.gov/p/iWO44pTEaN Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out: newsletter.senate.gov/p/oWO44pTEaN To unsubscribe from future mailings, send an email to mailto:xxx?Subject=Unsubscribe&body=Please%20remove%20me%20from%20further%20mailings with "Unsubscribe" as the subject line.
· Sat, Jul 8 · cornyn

Home of the Brave
The Lonestar Weekly The Lonestar Weekly About For Texans Issues Newsroom Contact Independence Day Happy Independence Day! On July 4, 1776, the thirteen original colonies declared themselves to be "Free and Independent States," and formed the beginnings of our Great Experiment founded upon three unalienable rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Today we honor the sacrifice our founders made, and the sacrifices that all the men and women of our military have made in the years since to defend our way of life. May God bless you, may He bless the Great State of Texas, and may He continue to bless the United States of America. 517 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 Main: 202-224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856 Get Assistance This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system October 8, 2015. For more information please follow the URL below: newsletter.senate.gov/p/iW4QdONEhN Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out: newsletter.senate.gov/p/oW4QdONEhN To unsubscribe from future mailings, send an email to mailto:xxx?Subject=Unsubscribe&body=Please%20remove%20me%20from%20further%20mailings with "Unsubscribe" as the subject line.
· Tue, Jul 4 · cornyn

Director Comey’s Testimony
The Lonestar Weekly The Lonestar Weekly About For Texans Issues Newsroom Contact Director Comey's Testimony Former FBI Director Comey's testimony at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing this past week gave me the opportunity to help shed light on information Texans, and the American people, need to know. You can watch my questions for Director Comey and his answers here, or by clicking the image above. Putting together the pieces can help us discover what exactly happened in the presidential election. Through my service on both the Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, I remain committed to following the facts wherever they lead. 517 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 Main: 202-224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856 Get Assistance This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system October 8, 2015. For more information please follow the URL below: newsletter.senate.gov/p/isYVKgt2GN Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out: newsletter.senate.gov/p/osYVKgt2GN To unsubscribe from future mailings, send an email to mailto:xxx?Subject=Unsubscribe&body=Please%20remove%20me%20from%20further%20mailings with "Unsubscribe" as the subject line.
· Sat, Jun 10 · cornyn

Celebrating 100 Years of Ellington Field
The Lonestar Weekly The TEXAS TIMES About For Texans Issues Newsroom Contact Celebrating 100 Years of Ellington Field A lot has changed in Houston, Texas over the past 100 years. For one, the city's population is now about seventeen times what it was in 1917. We've found better ways to beat the year-round heat than 300-pound blocks of ice, thankfully. And you don't see too many horses and buggies riding down Houston's Westheimer Road anymore. But one institution that has stood the test of time, and is still up-and-running on its 100th anniversary this month, is Houston's Ellington Field--and you could say its history is the story of a lifetime. Ellington Field was built in May of 1917 - just weeks after the United States entered World War I - when the War Department purchased 1,280 acres of land south of Houston. The location was chosen for its favorable flight conditions. It would soon be the site of a first-class pilot training base to meet the rising demand for military pilots in Europe. The 120th Aero Squadron was transferred from San Antonio's Kelly Field to Ellington Field, and civilian pilots were brought in from across the nation to train America's newest airmen for battle. They trained quickly and efficiently, and returned home from Europe as victors of the Great War. The end of the war threatened the deactivation of Ellington Field, but it wasn't long before another unit took advantage of the prime real estate. In 1923, when the War Department authorized the Texas National Guard to establish its first aviation squadrons, the 111th Observation Squadron -- tasked with mapping, photography, and reconnaissance support for the U.S. 36th Infantry Division -- found its home on the runways of Ellington Field. When "Houston's Own" 111th Squadron moved west to smoother runways at the newly-built Houston Municipal Airport in 1927 (known today as Houston Hobby), Ellington Field became obsolete. Prairie grass grew so tall over Ellington's runways that the War Department resorted to leasing the land to cattle grazers for revenue. But the rise of the Second World War created new demand for pilots, navigators, and bombardiers - and required top-notch training facilities to get them ready for battle fast. Once again Houston's favorable flight conditions, and the desire to protect the area's oil refineries that fueled war efforts, brought the War Department's focus back to Ellington Field. The government still owned the abandoned base, and Houston's rapid growth had made Ellington Field more accessible by highway and rail. Once again, Ellington Field became a premiere flight training facility, home to the U.S. Army Air Corps' Bombardment Academy of the Air. Its well-trained pilots again returned home victorious and were so essential to the war effort that they led the United States to establish an independent U.S. Air Force. As a reflection of the U.S. commitment to the Air Force, Ellington Field became Ellington Air Force Base. Its buildings and runways were renovated for a fleet of larger and heavier aircraft, and it became the new home to the Civil Air Patrol, a public service unit centered on emergency service missions such as search and rescue and disaster relief. Soon, the U.S. was ready for a new type of flight. In the early 1960s, NASA officials traveled the nation to survey locations to house their new astronaut training complex, and they came to the same conclusion the War Department did 45 years earlier: the Houston climate was perfect for flight training. That, along with Houston's infrastructure, access to deep-water ports, and its first-class universities, led them to choose Houston as their new headquarters, and Ellington Air Force Base as their new astronaut flight training facility. It's where Neil Armstrong trained to maneuver in low-gravity zones, withstand G-forces, and even plant an American flag before he became the first man to land on the moon in 1969. And it's now supporting NASA's next great mission: landing a human on Mars. Today, on Ellington Field's 100th anniversary, it is one of the few World War I installations still in use. It just became one of only ten FAA licensed commercial spaceports in the United States. It accommodates NASA, supports civilian airports, and the Ellington Joint Reserve Base boasts the unique distinction of serving all five branches of the U.S. military - Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. For a century, Ellington Field has been a second home to those leading U.S. aviation and space exploration, defending democracy across the globe, and providing hope and support to Americans after natural disasters. I am proud to commend its 100 years of meaningful service. 517 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 Main: 202-224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856 Get Assistance This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system October 8, 2015. For more information please follow the URL below: newsletter.senate.gov/p/isUlfX32Nh Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out: newsletter.senate.gov/p/osUlfX32Nh To unsubscribe from future mailings, send an email to mailto:xxx?Subject=Unsubscribe&body=Please%20remove%20me%20from%20further%20mailings with "Unsubscribe" as the subject line.
· Thu, May 25 · cornyn

I Want Your Obamacare Feedback
The Lonestar Weekly The Lonestar Weekly About For Texans Issues Newsroom Contact I Want Your Obamacare Feedback Health care affects each and every Texan's life. As the United States Senate continues the process of replacing President Obama's healthcare law, I want to hear about your experiences and how we can do better. Texans across our state have told me that under Obamacare, they haven't been able to keep their doctors, plans have disappeared, and high deductibles and double-digit premium hikes have made coverage unaffordable. But, I'd like to hear from you. Let me know how Obamacare has impacted your family, your loved ones, or your business by replying to this email. As Congress crafts a new health care law, I want to be sure your voice is included in the conversation. 517 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 Main: 202-224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856 Get Assistance This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system October 8, 2015. For more information please follow the URL below: newsletter.senate.gov/p/isnFB9v2NW Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out: newsletter.senate.gov/p/osnFB9v2NW To unsubscribe from future mailings, send an email to mailto:xxx?Subject=Unsubscribe&body=Please%20remove%20me%20from%20further%20mailings with "Unsubscribe" as the subject line.
· Tue, May 9 · cornyn

Renewing Our Focus
The Lonestar Weekly The Lonestar Weekly About For Texans Issues Newsroom Contact Renewing Our Focus May is Military Appreciation Month - a time to honor those who have bravely sacrificed to serve our country and those who are currently defending our nation both at home and abroad. Let us renew our focus on what we can do to offer greater support to our servicemen and women at our 15 major military installations in the state and to the nearly 1.7 million veterans who call Texas home. The United States is at a crossroads when it comes to meeting the diverse threats we face today while simultaneously preparing our armed forces for the ever-evolving future threats headed our way tomorrow. A modern military that can continue to keep our nation safe for generations to come is a bipartisan, non-negotiable priority. Like Texas families, our military needs budget stability and the ability to plan long-term so our warfighters have the resources and training they need. By putting the Pentagon on a dependable and predictable budget, Congress has a tremendous opportunity to support our military's missions, take care of our service members and their families, and prepare for the next generation of war fighting. The United States can't maintain our status as the top military in the world with the self-destructive drama of potential government shutdowns and never-ending continuing resolutions. It's time to get back to the basics of governing. I'm working with my colleagues in the Senate to develop a coherent approach to budgeting for national security that will keep our fiscal house in order while deterring our enemies and reassuring our allies. Congress needs to address the behemoth that is all government spending, but taking a look at how best to support our military is a good place to start. 517 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 Main: 202-224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856 Get Assistance This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system October 8, 2015. For more information please follow the URL below: newsletter.senate.gov/p/iWEJBZI2Np Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out: newsletter.senate.gov/p/oWEJBZI2Np To unsubscribe from future mailings, send an email to mailto:xxx?Subject=Unsubscribe&body=Please%20remove%20me%20from%20further%20mailings with "Unsubscribe" as the subject line.
· Sat, May 6 · cornyn

$63 Billion
The Lonestar Weekly The Lonestar Weekly About For Texans Issues Newsroom Contact $63 Billion We're a few months into the new Congress, and the Senate has been hard at work getting the American economy going again. One of the tools we've used to do this is the Congressional Review Act, or CRA, which allows us to get rid of regulations put in place at the 11th hour by the previous Administration. By one estimate, the cost of these Obama-era regulations total more than one trillion dollars. This amounts to more than 700 million hours of paperwork for our economy, stifling growth by putting the federal government's boot on the neck of job creators. So far this Congress, our efforts have saved taxpayers more than $63 billion and 52 million hours of paperwork. Click here to watch the video. By rolling back these rules and regulations, we've been able to provide relief to small businesses, family farmers, and entrepreneurs so they can spend more time innovating and creating jobs and less time dealing with red tape. It's past time for the federal government to get out of the way - reducing unnecessary regulation will encourage growth and strengthen our state's future. 517 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 Main: 202-224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856 Get Assistance This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system October 8, 2015. For more information please follow the URL below: newsletter.senate.gov/p/iWPZnwE2XN Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out: newsletter.senate.gov/p/oWPZnwE2XN To unsubscribe from future mailings, send an email to mailto:xxx?Subject=Unsubscribe&body=Please%20remove%20me%20from%20further%20mailings with "Unsubscribe" as the subject line.
· Sat, Apr 29 · cornyn

April Recess Round-Up
The Lonestar Weekly The Lonestar Weekly About For Texans Issues Newsroom Contact April Recess Round-Up There's no place like Texas, and the Senate's April recess was a great opportunity for me to visit many parts of our great state. In just a few weeks, I was able to visit with hundreds of Texans in ten cities. Here are a few highlights of my travels in Texas over the past two weeks. In East Texas, I visited Texarkana College to learn about their partnership with the Red River Army Depot. This state-of-the-art facility trains East Texans and partners with the U.S. Army, one of the largest employers in the region. Heading towards our state's Big Country, I spent time with the men and women of Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene. After getting a look at the C-130J and B-1 aircraft, I had the honor of presenting a local veteran's son with a long overdue POW medal that my office was able to help secure. In Midland, I spoke with staff and volunteers at the West Texas Food Bank about my new bill to reduce hunger, which was modeled after the great work they've done at the food bank to more efficiently coordinate with other groups to serve almost 20 counties in the Permian Basin. Looking towards our Oklahoma border, I was honored to present Veterans Affairs Police Officer Brandon Holloway the Congressional Badge of Bravery and visit with the Dallas Police Department and others in the North Texas law enforcement community. I also discussed a bill with the Fort Worth Police Department that I've introduced to encourage police departments to hire veterans. I also had terrific visits with Texans in Laredo, Mission, Corsicana, San Angelo and Austin. From one part of our state to the next, I heard stories about economic opportunity and challenge, the importance of trade, and our charitable spirit. I am truly blessed to work on behalf of the almost 28 million people who call Texas home. 517 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 Main: 202-224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856 Get Assistance This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system October 8, 2015. For more information please follow the URL below: newsletter.senate.gov/p/isC9NkY2SN Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out: newsletter.senate.gov/p/osC9NkY2SN To unsubscribe from future mailings, send an email to mailto:xxx?Subject=Unsubscribe&body=Please%20remove%20me%20from%20further%20mailings with "Unsubscribe" as the subject line.
· Sat, Apr 22 · cornyn

The Next Supreme Court Justice
The Lonestar Weekly The Lonestar Weekly About For Texans Issues Newsroom Contact The Next Supreme Court Justice This week, the Senate will vote on the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Throughout this process, America has seen Judge Gorsuch's incredible intellect, sterling character and devotion to the rule of law. Objections raised by Democrats against him just don't hold up. Judge Gorsuch is no extremist or judicial activist. He enjoys broad, bipartisan support. Of the thousands of cases he decided, 97% were unanimous decisions where every judge on the panel supported the final result. In 99% of them, he was in the majority. Senate Democrats had no reservations about his qualifications back in 2006, when the Chamber unanimously confirmed him to the job he holds now. Questioning Judge Gorsuch during his confirmation hearing. Democrats continue to claim Judge Gorsuch sides with big companies over sympathetic individuals. An examination of his record shows that this is not true, but it is also beside the point. A good judge does not judge the litigants, but the case. His motivation in each and every case is simple: to follow the law wherever it leads. During the hearing, Democrats tried to make Judge Gorsuch declare how he might rule in specific cases. As a sitting federal judge, ethical obligations prevent him from answering questions like that, which is why Justices Ginsburg and Kagan acted similarly in their confirmation hearings. The reality is there is no intellectually honest argument against Judge Gorsuch. He respects democracy and the separation of powers, and is one of the most qualified nominees in recent history. Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to approve Judge Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. If Democrats successfully block his nomination, then there's no Republican nominee they will support. I'm looking forward to seeing Judge Gorsuch confirmed as the next Supreme Court justice. 517 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 Main: 202-224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856 Get Assistance This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system October 8, 2015. For more information please follow the URL below: newsletter.senate.gov/p/iWXw-nQ2N0 Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out: newsletter.senate.gov/p/oWXw-nQ2N0 To unsubscribe from future mailings, send an email to mailto:xxx?Subject=Unsubscribe&body=Please%20remove%20me%20from%20further%20mailings with "Unsubscribe" as the subject line.
· Mon, Apr 3 · cornyn

Preserving the Second Amendment Rights of Texans
The Lonestar Weekly Preserving the Second Amendment Rights of Texans Preserving the right to keep and bear arms is a sacred Constitutional right for Texans. This past week at the Texas State Rifle Association's annual meeting, I announced the introduction of S. 446, the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, a bill to allow folks with concealed carry privileges in their home states to exercise those rights in any other state that has similar laws. My bill will strengthen the rights of law-abiding Texans, and will underscore the power of each state to implement laws that are best-suited for their residents. This legislation is long overdue. As it stands today, thirteen states don't recognize Texas' concealed handgun license. That's about to change. With a friend of the Second Amendment in the White House and Republicans in control of Congress, I'm optimistic we can get this done. 517 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 Main: 202-224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856 This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system October 8, 2015. For more information please follow the URL below: newsletter.senate.gov/p/isDuoDBlkN Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out: newsletter.senate.gov/p/osDuoDBlkN To unsubscribe from future mailings, send an email to mailto:xxx?Subject=Unsubscribe&body=Please%20remove%20me%20from%20further%20mailings with "Unsubscribe" as the subject line.
· Sat, Mar 4 · cornyn

A Firsthand Look at the Texas Border
The Lonestar Weekly A Firsthand Look at the Texas Border Ask any Texan and they'll tell you there is nowhere else like the Texas border. This week, I joined with Texas Reps. Mike Conaway and John Carter to show some of our North Carolina and Nevada counterparts how what happens here along the border impacts the rest of the country. As Congress and the Administration work to find the best way to finally secure our southern border and enforce the law, understanding how this region generates millions of jobs for our communities and billions of dollars for our economy will be key. Monday, February 20: Rio Grande Valley Sector On our first day, I took my Senate colleagues Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Dean Heller of Nevada and Reps. John Carter (TX-31), Mike Conaway (TX-11), and David Rouzer (NC-07) through the Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley Sector of the U.S.-Mexico border. The group saw parts of the border where the county partnered with the federal government to build a dual purpose levee wall to provide flood control in addition to border security. We toured the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge and discussed the importance of cross-border trade. In the McAllen area we visited the Border Patrol Station and the Central Processing Center, as well as a stash house used by human traffickers who hold children and women for ransom in deplorable conditions. No one should ever be subjected to such inhumane treatment. We concluded the day with a visit to the Falfurrias Border Patrol Checkpoint and a tour of the surrounding ranch land used by those attempting to circumvent the checkpoint. At each of the stops, we learned about law enforcement's multi-layered approach to securing the border. Tuesday, February 21: Laredo Sector At this portion of our trip we saw the Border Patrol's Laredo Sector from every angle, including from a helicopter, onboard an airboat, and on horseback. We visited the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge in Laredo, an essential port of entry for U.S.-Mexico trade. And we met with federal and immigration court judges to hear their perspectives as well as with local leaders who help drive the economic success of the border region. Wednesday, February 22: Del Rio Sector We wrapped up our trip in the Border Patrol's Del Rio Sector. After an air tour of the unique and rugged terrain in this region, we honored Border Patrol agents' work at an awards ceremony with the Del Rio Border Patrol. We were also briefed by a federal judge and law enforcement on Operation Streamline, a collaboration at the federal, state, and local levels that effectively deters illegal entries through increased apprehensions, detention, and prosecutions of border crossers. I'm glad that not only these Members of Congress, but others I've brought to the border on previous trips will now have the benefit of a Texas perspective on border security. I'm optimistic that my colleagues are up to the challenge of helping to craft a way to once and for all secure our border while protecting the legitimate trade and travel that Texas so greatly depends on. 517 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 Main: 202-224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856 This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system October 8, 2015. For more information please follow the URL below: newsletter.senate.gov/p/iWZef5alN7 Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out: newsletter.senate.gov/p/oWZef5alN7 To unsubscribe from future mailings, send an email to mailto:xxx?Subject=Unsubscribe&body=Please%20remove%20me%20from%20further%20mailings with "Unsubscribe" as the subject line.
· Fri, Feb 24 · cornyn

Constitutional Rights over Regulations
The Lonestar Weekly The Lonestar Weekly About For Texans Issues Newsroom Contact Constitutional Rights over Regulations Since the start of the new Congress, the Senate has been rolling back some of the more than 22,000 rules and regulations issued during the Obama Administration. Many of these onerous regulations have strangled local economies, increased the bureaucratic grip on our natural resources, and empowered Washington bureaucrats at the expense of Texans and folks across the country. Most recently, a bipartisan coalition of Senators blocked a Social Security Administration rule that threatened to take away some law-abiding Americans' 2nd Amendment rights without due process. Texans with disabilities should not be blocked from exercising their constitutional rights as punishment for seeking help with managing their finances, which is what this would have done. Numerous disability-rights groups opposed the regulation as unfairly stigmatizing the disabled, and they supported our effort to stop this overly broad rule. Additionally, Congress overturned a job-killing regulation that would have stifled energy production and caused major damage to rural communities across the country. The Obama Administration's Stream Buffer rule would have threatened coal jobs and infringed on the ability of states to regulate energy providers in a way that's best for their citizens. Ending this rule was a bipartisan effort in both the House and the Senate. Texans need Washington to get off their backs so our state can do what it does best: create jobs and grow our economy. Working with the President, the Republican majority is committed to continuing to roll back the previous Administration's harmful, job-killing regulations. 517 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 Main: 202-224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856 Get Assistance This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system October 8, 2015. For more information please follow the URL below: newsletter.senate.gov/p/iWWCaOWlSN Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out: newsletter.senate.gov/p/oWWCaOWlSN To unsubscribe from future mailings, send an email to mailto:xxx?Subject=Unsubscribe&body=Please%20remove%20me%20from%20further%20mailings with "Unsubscribe" as the subject line.
· Fri, Feb 17 · cornyn

A Texan’s Take on the Inauguration
The Lonestar Weekly The Lonestar Weekly About For Texans Issues Newsroom Contact A Texan's Take on the Inauguration I'm grateful to have had a front row seat to history in Washington, D.C. for the inauguration of the 45th President. And from my seat, I can tell you that while the festivities took place in Washington, D.C., I was pleased to see signs of our home state of Texas everywhere. After the Lone Star State entertainment at the Texas State Society's Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Ball and the inauguration ceremony put on by the Fort Worth event production company Encore Live, Texas shined in the 58th Inaugural Parade. Viewers from the stands saw performances by the Texas State University Strutters dance team, riders of Fort Hood's 1st Cavalry Division Horse Detachment, and former San Antonio Symphony percussionist Joseph Gonzalez, now in the U.S. Navy Band. With so much going on in Washington, law enforcement traveled from across the nation to keep inauguration-goers safe. The parade was protected by 45 of San Antonio's and 67 of Austin's finest, who were sworn in as deputy U.S. Marshalls to help with security. Also marching in the parade was Rooster, one of eight mustangs from the U.S. Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley Sector, captured from the wild and trained to aid the Horse Patrol unit. For this historic inauguration, Texans not only got to celebrate the new Administration, but they were more than happy to lend a helping hand. I was proud to watch our new President be sworn in, and I'm even more proud to have done it while representing the nearly 28 million folks who call Texas home. Click here to watch the video. After the festivities, the Senate began the work of the 115th Congress. I cosponsored a bill to permanently repeal the federal estate tax, also known as the death tax. Families mourning the death of a loved one shouldn't be punished with a burdensome and unnecessary tax, which suffocates ranchers, farmers, and small business owners. After years of waiting, the Keystone XL pipeline was finally able to move forward. Texans will now have more access to affordable energy, and our country will have tens of thousands of new jobs and strengthened national security. This followed our vote to begin the process of finally repealing Obamacare and replacing it with real reforms that actually lower costs and improve care. These long-awaited accomplishments are just the beginning. I look forward to all we can get done for the American people with the new Administration and a Republican Congress. 517 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 Main: 202-224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856 Get Assistance This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system October 8, 2015. For more information please follow the URL below: newsletter.senate.gov/p/isqH2qVlNk Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out: newsletter.senate.gov/p/osqH2qVlNk To unsubscribe from future mailings, send an email to mailto:xxx?Subject=Unsubscribe&body=Please%20remove%20me%20from%20further%20mailings with "Unsubscribe" as the subject line.
· Wed, Feb 1 · cornyn

First Step to Fixing America’s Health Care
The Lonestar Weekly The Lonestar Weekly About For Texans Issues Newsroom Contact First Step to Fixing America's Health Care Click here to watch the video. The Senate took the first step this week towards repealing and replacing Obamacare. The President's health care law was sold under false pretenses, and Texans have paid the price. It is time to work together to replace Obamacare with better health care options for people to choose at a price they can afford. As we begin the transition from Obamacare to a more patient-centered healthcare system, we're not going to let people fall through the cracks. We're going to make sure they have the coverage they need at a reasonable price, and I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to craft a bipartisan replacement that makes good on our promise to the American people. 517 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 Main: 202-224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856 Get Assistance This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system October 8, 2015. For more information please follow the URL below: newsletter.senate.gov/p/isLaPUkl4N Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out: newsletter.senate.gov/p/osLaPUkl4N To unsubscribe from future mailings, send an email to mailto:xxx?Subject=Unsubscribe&body=Please%20remove%20me%20from%20further%20mailings with "Unsubscribe" as the subject line.
· Fri, Jan 6 · cornyn

A Christmas Tamale Tradition
The Lonestar Weekly The TEXAS TIMES About For Texans Issues Newsroom Contact A Christmas Tamale Tradition The Christmas season holds different memories and meaning for people around the globe. Of course, the celebration of faith and family spans most cultures. But here in Texas, we know another feeling to be associated with Christmas: a hunger for tamales. Countless Texas families spend Christmas gathered around corn husk-wrapped tamales the way their parents and grandparents did before them, but have you ever wondered where this tasty tradition started? The connection between Christmas and tamales runs deep in American history. Tamales, or the ancestors of what we'd call a tamale today, were a staple for Native Americans dating as far back as 8,000 B.C. Common among many Mesoamerican faiths was the idea that God had crafted human from corn, and since corn was quite literally the substance of life, consuming it became a way to reconnect with the spirit. Tamales, made from corn, were commonly sent out with hunters, travelers, and soldiers for portable sustenance and luck along their journeys, and became the chosen feast for spiritual and community celebrations. Even the word 'tamale' is thought to come from the Aztecs' word for wrap: 'tamalli.' More recently, the tamale tie to Christmas has solidified. Tamales have become a part of the traditional Mexican celebration of las posadas, the annual commemoration of Mary and Joseph's search for shelter before Jesus' birth. And that's why for families all across the American Southwest, and here in Texas, 'tis the season for tamales. Beyond the obvious appeal, there are several reasons we in Texas serve tamales for Christmas. They can be made in advance to reduce stress on Christmas day, they're easy to pack up and transport to a party, and they can be made in large batches to feed the entire family. However, there's one thing tamales are not, and that's simple to make. Any tamalera - tamale maker - will tell you that crafting the perfect tamale is a labor of love. From washing and soaking the husks, to perfecting the even spread of masa dough, to rolling up a secure wrap, to achieving the balanced seasoning of meats and beans, making tamales is a process that takes days to complete. Making tamales debunks the idiomatic saying - there can never be too many cooks in the kitchen when tamales are on the menu. In fact, many tamaleras throw a tamale-making party - a tamalada - to make use of as many extra hands as possible. Tamale preparation lends itself well to large assembly lines, which is more efficient for some families who stay up all through the night on Christmas Eve to prepare the Christmas Day feast. For those without a family recipe passed down from generation to generation, there's another way to enjoy the old tastes of the New World on Christmas. Many Texans order Christmas tamales by the dozen from a local tamaleria - and if that's your tradition, you'll want to order sooner rather than later. They go fast. Tamaleras at Luna's Tortillas in Dallas famously prepare 100 dozen tamales a day starting in July to prepare for the Christmas season. They steadily increase their numbers as December draws near, and in the two weeks leading up to the big day, staff is working around the clock to prepare more than 2,400 tamales each day. Whether your tamales are homemade or pre-ordered, plain or with salsa, or if you have other Christmas culinary traditions, the holiday season is less about food and more about the memories made around the dinner table. I wish you the happiest of holidays, a prosperous New Year, and a kitchen full of Christmas memories. 517 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 Main: 202-224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856 Get Assistance This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system October 8, 2015. For more information please follow the URL below: newsletter.senate.gov/p/isSg4cguEN Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out: newsletter.senate.gov/p/osSg4cguEN To unsubscribe from future mailings, send an email to mailto:xxx?Subject=Unsubscribe&body=Please%20remove%20me%20from%20further%20mailings with "Unsubscribe" as the subject line.
· Fri, Dec 23 · cornyn

114th Congress: Supporting Law Enforcement and Crime Victims
The Lonestar Weekly The Lonestar Weekly About For Texans Issues Newsroom Contact 114th Congress: Supporting Law Enforcement and Crime Victims As the 114th Congress comes to a close, we can look back on several major pieces of legislation that were enacted to empower victims of crime and support law enforcement. Congress passed bills to expand active shooter training for law enforcement, increase resources to identify mentally ill offenders, reduce the nationwide rape kit backlog, and strengthen resources for law enforcement to arrest human traffickers. Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 (Passed Senate 4/22/15, passed House 5/19/15, became law 5/29/15) Strengthens law enforcement tools to help authorities rescue victims and take down human traffickers and the organized criminal networks who support them. Provides victims of sexual exploitation, slavery, and human trafficking with resources to heal and restore their lives. Targets predators who purchase trafficked women and encourages partnerships at the federal, state and local level. POLICE Act of 2016 (Passed Senate 5/18/16, passed House 7/12/16, became law 7/22/16) Expands access to existing federal funding for law enforcement and first responders to receive active shooter response training. Endorsed by the National Fraternal Order of Police, the National District Attorneys Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Major County Sheriffs Association, and the Sergeants Benevolent Association. Justice for All Reauthorization Act of 2016 (Passed Senate 6/16/16, passed House 11/29/16, became law 12/16/16) Gives our law enforcement the resources to arrest violent offenders and reauthorizes grant funding for local and state law enforcement to help reduce the nationwide rape kit backlog. Provides resources for forensic labs while protecting the innocent by improving access to post-conviction DNA testing. Strengthens crime victims' rights in the courtroom, increases access to restitution and restorative services like housing, and reauthorizes important law enforcement investigative programs. Survivors' Bill of Rights Act (Passed House 9/6/16, passed Senate 9/28/16, became law 10/7/16) Ensures sexual assault survivors in federal criminal cases are notified before an evidence collection kit is destroyed, can request preservation of the kit, and are informed of important results. Requires the Attorney General and the United States Department of Health and Human Services to convene a joint working group on best practices regarding the care and treatment of sexual assault survivors. Major Provisions of the Mental Health and Safe Communities Act (Passed as part of the 21st Century Cures Act and became law 12/13/16) Allows law enforcement to use existing funding to create pre-trial screening and assessment programs to identify mentally ill offenders, provide need-based treatment, and develop post-release supervision plans, including judicially-administered Assisted Outpatient Treatment programs. Uses federal grant funding to expand the use of Crisis Intervention Teams, who are trained to respond to mental health crises and prevent acts of violence. Enables existing federal funding to be used to provide treatment, mentoring, and other transitional services to mentally-ill offenders leaving custody. By providing law enforcement with the training to prevent violent crimes and the resources necessary to put criminals behind bars, we can help keep our communities safe and restore the lives of victims across the nation. In this way Congress was able to work in a bipartisan way to benefit the most vulnerable in our society. 517 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 Main: 202-224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856 Get Assistance This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system October 8, 2015. For more information please follow the URL below: newsletter.senate.gov/p/islD8ERugN Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out: newsletter.senate.gov/p/oslD8ERugN To unsubscribe from future mailings, send an email to mailto:xxx?Subject=Unsubscribe&body=Please%20remove%20me%20from%20further%20mailings with "Unsubscribe" as the subject line.
· Wed, Dec 21 · cornyn