Senator Cornyn Statement Ahead of President’s Houston Trip
March 9, 2012

 President Barack Obama will arrive in Houston later today for two fundraisers. One at Minute Maid Park and the other at a private home of a long time friend who lives in River Oaks.

Ahead of the president’s visit, Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) has released the following statement.

‘Texans deserve a Commander-in-Chief whose primary concern is creating more jobs for them, not using our state as an ATM to protect his own.’

 

WASHNGTON — Today U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement ahead of President Obama’s planned trip to Houston:

 

“Barely 24 hours after maneuvering behind the scenes to defeat the Keystone pipeline and the Gulf Coast jobs that come with it, the President again will use Texas to replenish his campaign coffers.

 

“Texans deserve a Commander-in-Chief whose primary concern is creating more jobs for them, not using our state as an ATM to protect his own.”

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Will President Obama Visit Parts of Texas Ravaged By Wildfires?
May 6, 2011

President Obama will visit Texas next week. His schedule calls for him to deliver a speech on immigration reform in El Paso and then attend a fundraiser in Austin.

Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn, both republicans, have invited President Obama to tour fire – damaged regions during his visit to Texas.

Earlier this week the President turned down Governor Perry’s request for a major disaster declaration for the areas of our state ravaged by the devastating fires.

No word yet from the White House on whether President Obama will accept the invitation to tour the area. He will see homes lost, land scorched and hear stories from property owners who have been devastated.

I’ve posted the full news release from Senators Hutchison and Cornyn.

 

News Release:

Sens. Hutchison, Cornyn Invite President To Tour Fire-Damaged Regions During Upcoming Visit to Texas

 

WASHINGTON— U.S. Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn, R-Texas, today sent the following letter to President Barack Obama inviting him to tour areas of Texas devastated by wildfires during his upcoming visit to the state. The White House has announced the President will visit Texas next week for a fundraising event in Austin and an event related to immigration in El Paso. The Senators hope President Obama will accept their invitation to see the fire damage firsthand and reconsider his recent denial of the State’s request for a federal disaster declaration.

Sens. Hutchison and Cornyn wrote, “We are hopeful that after seeing this devastation firsthand, you will reconsider your recent denial and provide the State and localities with the vital resources and funding required to fully support their work.”

May 6, 2011

 

The President

The White House
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear President Obama:

We are writing to invite you to tour areas of Texas recently devastated by wildfires during your announced visit to the State next week.

We have written to you and your Administration on numerous occasions regarding our constituents and their struggle to combat and control the wildfires that have engulfed large portions of Texas.  The importance of issuing a federal disaster declaration at the state of Texas’ request in order to reduce the burden these wildfires have imposed on our constituents and communities cannot be overstated.    

We were disappointed to learn that your Administration denied the State’s request for federal assistance considering that over 7,000 individual wildfires have burned more than 2.2 million acres this year alone.  This has resulted in the destruction of homes, businesses, farms and ranches, and the death of two brave firefighters. 

Therefore, we invite you to tour fire-stricken areas and meet with the brave firefighters and other personnel working to stop the advance of the wildfires and save lives. We believe that a tour will reinforce the severity of the damage and threat that the wildfires pose to our State and constituents.  We are hopeful that after seeing this devastation firsthand, you will reconsider your recent denial and provide the State and localities with the vital resources and funding required to fully support their work.

Thank you in advance for your consideration of this request.  We look forward to hearing from you. 

Sincerely,

KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON                                                            JOHN CORNYN

United States Senator                                                                          United States Senator

Retired Shuttle Will Not Land In Houston
April 12, 2011

City of  Houston officials along with families of the Challenger and Columbia Shuttles are no doubt disappointed that NASA did not award a retiring orbiter to our area.

NASA announced the shuttles will go to Los Angeles, Florida, New York and the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.

UPDATES WITH STATEMENT FROM FAMILIES OF CHALLENGER AND COLUMBIA SHUTTLES: 

We are heartbroken to learn of the decision that the Space Shuttle will not be allowed to return home to Houston. Home is where the heart is, and Houston has served as the heart of the space shuttle program since its inception nearly four decades ago. All the astronauts lost were Houston’s residents. We again share a collective loss as a result of the political decision to send the space shuttle elsewhere. We had prayed that the incredible sacrifices this community has endured would have allowed the shuttle’s legacy to continue here. Although we disagree with this decision, we will persevere in our support of space exploration, just as we have done in the past. 

Evelyn Husband Thompson
Jonathan Clark
Sandy Anderson
Lorna Onizuka
Cheryl McNair

Houston Mayor Annise Parker along with Republicans Senator John Cornyn and Congressman John Culberson also released the following statements.

Mayor Parker Issues Statement on Shuttle Decision

“This is certainly disappointing, but not entirely unexpected as the Administration has been hinting that Houston would not be a winner in this political competition.  I am disappointed for Houston, the JSC family and the survivors of the Columbia and Challenger missions who paid the ultimate price for the advancement of space exploration.  There was no other city with our history of human space flight or more deserving of a retiring orbiter.  It is unfortunate that political calculations have prevailed in the final decision.”

Cornyn Statement On Administration’s Failure To Retire Orbiter To Rightful Home In Houston 

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, today issued the following statement regarding NASA’s rejection of the Johnson Space Center in Houston as one of the retirement locations for their orbiter fleet: 

“Like many Texans, I am disappointed with NASA’s decision to slight the Johnson Space Center as a permanent home for one of the Space Shuttle Orbiters. Houston has played a critical role throughout the life of the space shuttle, but it is clear political favors trumped common sense and fairness in the selection of the final locations for the orbiter fleet. 

“There is no question Houston should have been selected as a final home for one of the orbiters—even Administrator Bolden stated as much. Today’s announcement is an affront to the thousands of dedicated men and women at Johnson Space Center, the greater Houston community and the State of Texas, and I’m deeply disappointed with the Administration’s misguided decision.”

 Statement on Retiring Orbiters  

“For the last 50 years, Houston has been in the business of sending its citizens into space, and we’re proud of the vehicles that our men and women pilot into the unknown.  And so it is that Space City, USA is bereaved of one of its greatest contributions to humanity and the progress of science.”

Washington, DC – Congressman John Culberson (R-TX) issued the following statement on the placement of the retiring Space Shuttle Orbiters:

“Today NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden announced that Houston will not receive one of the retiring Space Shuttle Orbiters.  It is sad and unfortunate that politics played such an obvious role in the placement of theses retiring Orbiters. The thought of an Orbiter not coming home to rest at Space Center Houston is truly tragic.  It is analogous to Detroit without a Model-T, or Florence without a da Vinci. 

“For the last 50 years, Houston has been in the business of sending its citizens into space, and we’re proud of the vehicles that our men and women pilot into the unknown.  And so it is that Space City, USA is bereaved of one of its greatest contributions to humanity and the progress of science.”

Cornyn Statement on Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s Reelection Announcement
January 13, 2011

WASHINGTON —U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement today in response to U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s announcement that she will not seek reelection in 2012: 

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve with Senator Hutchison in the United States Senate. Kay has dedicated much of her life to serving Texas, and our entire country, and I am enormously grateful to be able to work alongside a woman of her vision, a woman of her energy, and someone who represents the very best of the State of Texas. Kay came to the Senate to make a difference, to work to find solutions to the complex problems of modern society, and to attain real and lasting change. She has succeeded in brilliant fashion.    

“Senator Hutchison serves as an example to us all. She has been a leader in Texas and here in the Senate. Senator Hutchison makes me proud to say I am from the Great State of Texas, and prouder still to call her my friend. I thank Senator Hutchison for her leadership, for her counsel, and for her steadfast service to the Great State of Texas and to the United States of America.  

“I wish her, her husband Ray, and her wonderful children Bailey and Houston, all the best.”

 Senator Cornyn serves on the Finance, Judiciary, Agriculture and Budget Committees.  He serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee’s Immigration, Refugees and Border Security subcommittee. He served previously as Texas Attorney General, Texas Supreme Court Justice, and Bexar County District Judge.