John Cornyn
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John Cornyn

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Party R
State TX
Years in DC 14
Next Election 2020

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F 42%

Key Issues

The following issues detail the member’s votes during their time in Congress on the most important issues facing our nation. Please click on the issue on the left side-bar, or on the dropdown menu on your mobile device, to scroll through the issue slides. Interspersed within the votes are comments made by the member regarding these issues. 

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Agriculture

  • Texas received $27.3 billion in farm subsidy payments from 1995-2012[1], ranking it first out of the 50 states[2]. Yet, Cornyn has a mixed voting record on farm bills. During the Bush Administration, he voted in favor of the 2007 farm bill[3] and two versions of the bill in 2008, H.R. 2419[4] & H.R. 6124.[5] Cornyn also voted to override President Bush's veto to H.R. 6124.[6]
  • Since President Obama took office, Cornyn has voted against the farm bill three times[7],[8],[9] When the Senate passed its 2014 version without Cornyn's support, he noted that the bill was ‘a step in the right direction,’ but said, 'it doesn’t go far enough in reforming SNAP, and neglects challenges faced by agriculture in Texas.[10]”
  • Voted in favor of the revamped Farm Bill in 2008[13] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of overriding President Bush’s veto of the Farm Bill in 2008[14] liberal position
  • Voted against the Farm Bill in 2012[16] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of the Farm Bill in 2007[11] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of the Farm Bill in 2008, which contained numerous earmarks and subsidies[12] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of limiting subsidies to millionaire farmers in 2011[15] conservative position
  • Voted against an amendment establishing an average gross income limit to receive benefits under the Farm Bill in 2012[17] liberal position
  • Voted against the Farm Bill in 2012[16] conservative position
  • Voted against the Farm Bill in 2013[18] conservative position
  • Voted against the Farm Bill in 2014[19] conservative position


[1] http://farm.ewg.org/region.php?fips=48000

[2] http://farm.ewg.org/region.php?fips=48000

[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00434

[4] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=2&vote=00130

[5] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=2&vote=00144

[6] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=2&vote=00151

[7] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00164

[8] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00145

[9] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00021

[10] http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2014/02/overdue-farm-bill-passes-cornyn-and-cruz-vote-no.html/

[11] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00434

[12] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=2&vote=00130

[13] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=2&vote=00144

[14] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=2&vote=00151

[15] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00183

[16] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00164

[17] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00131

[18] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00145

[19] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00021

Bailouts

  • Voted in favor of TARP, the bailout of Wall Street, in 2008.[1] liberal position
  • When asked about the vote by CNN in 2010, Cornyn said, TARP was represented to us as an absolute necessity or else the economy would melt down and we'd experience a repeat of perhaps the depression of the '30s. I'm responsible and proud of the vote I cast at the time because I thought it was a public necessity. The problem is, we've been betrayed by those who said TARP would be used for a narrow purpose. It's now been expanded beyond all recognition to bailout car companies and now being used as a revolving slush fund.[2]
  • Voted in favor of the Economic Stimulus Act in early 2008[3] liberal position
  • Cornyn initially voted in favor of bailing out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in April 2008[4] and then voted against the bailout after it was twice amended by the House in June and July 2008.[5][6] 
  • Voted in favor of an amendment to prevent taxpayer-funded bailouts for auto manufacturers in 2009[7] conservative position
  • Voted against additional stimulus spending in early 2010[8] conservative position
  • Voted against a $41 billion bailout of the United States Postal Service in 2012[9] conservative position

[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=2&vote=00213

[2] http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/05/17/cornyn-weighs-in-on-key-senate-races-explains-bailout-vote/

[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=2&vote=00010

[4] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=2&vote=00096

[5] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=2&vote=00157

[6] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=2&vote=00186

[7] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00148

[8] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00032

[9] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00082

Budget & Spending

  • Voted in favor of an amendment capping non-defense or trust fund discretionary spending at previous fiscal year levels in 2005[1] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment freezing spending at the previous level if spending bills are late in 2007[2] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment eliminating government waste by cutting ineffective programs in 2007[3] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of declaring an obligation to offset the cost of new government programs and initiatives in 2007[4] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment eliminating government waste by cutting ineffective programs in 2008[5] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment to include spending cuts with debt ceiling increases in 2010[6] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of a short-term “Do Nothing” continuing resolution in 2011[7] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of Obama’s Budget Control Act in 2011, which granted him $2.4 trillion in new debt authority[8] liberal position
  • Voted against emergency spending with no offsets in 2011[9] conservative position
  • Voted against a minibus spending bill that spent $24 billion more than the Ryan budget, busted Obama’s Budget Control Act, and which funded Obamacare in 2011[10] conservative position
  • Voted against a 1200-page budget-busting Omnibus spending bill in 2011[11] conservative position
  • Voted against advancing the Lee Budget cutting the size of government in half by 2025 and balancing the federal budget by 2017[12] liberal position
  • Voted against an amendment cutting spending in a Sandy relief bill and offsetting the remaining cost in 2012[13] liberal position
  • Voted against $50 billion for Hurricane Sandy disaster relief with no offsetting spending cuts in 2012[14] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment offsetting Sandy disaster relief with a 0.49 percent cut to discretionary spending over time in 2013[15] conservative position
  • Voted against Hurricane Sandy disaster relief appropriations in 2013[16] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment balancing the budget within five years without raising taxes in 2013[17] conservative position
  • Voted against the $12.2 billion on Water Resources Development Act in 2013[18] conservative position
  • Voted against the Senate negotiated spending and debt deal to end the government shutdown in 2013[19], yet opposed the entire effort to defund Obamacare through the budget process.
  • Voted against the Ryan/Murray budget deal in 2013[20] conservative position
  • Voted against the Omnibus Spending Bill following the government shutdown in 2014[21] conservative position
  • Voted to waive budget points of order allowing spending in the Veterans' bill to occur outside existing federal budget caps in 2014[22] liberal position
  • Cornyn was one of 15 Republicans who voted with Democrats to overcome a budget point of order by Jeff Sessions, challenging the bipartisan deal increasing Medicare spending by $16 billion[23] liberal position

 


[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=1&vote=00286

[2] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00006

[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00090

[4] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00140

[5] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=2&vote=00066

[6] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00008

[7] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00044

[8] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00123

[9] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00135

[10] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00194

[11] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00235

[12] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00101

[13] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00244

[14] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00248

[15] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00003

[16] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00004

[17] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00069

[18] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00124

[19] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00219

[20] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00281

[21] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00013

[22] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00186

[23] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00092

Civil Liberties

  • Voted in favor of prohibiting the forceful taking of farmland by the government (eminent domain) in 2007[1] conservative position
  • As a member of the Judiciary Committee, Cornyn has been a strong supporter of the PATRIOT Act and has supported every re-authorization of its provisions.
  • Voted in favor of prohibiting the use of eminent domain to forcibly take private land in 2009[2] conservative position
  • Voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act in 2012[3] conservative position
  • Cornyn voted to strike down Senator Rand Paul’s amendment ensuring Fourth Amendment protection in data collection by requiring warrants for all wire-tapping of U.S. citizens (FISA) in 2012.[4] liberal position
  • Voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act in 2013, [5] but then praised its passage because it included a provision that he introduced, the “SAFER Act,” intended to reduce the number of rape kits held by law enforcement without being tested.[6]


[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00429

[2] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00103

[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00087

[4] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00234

[5] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00019

[6] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/08/john-cornyn-violence-against-women-act_n_2839282.html

Debt Ceiling

  • Since 2003, Cornyn has voted to raise the debt ceiling 7 times. Most recently, in February 2014, he voted with Democrats to advance a temporary debt limit extension bill, [1] but voted against final passage.[2] liberal position
  • On voting with Democrats to end Senator Cruz's filibuster of the increase, Cornyn said,  “I think it would have been bad for the economy, bad for the American people, and I don’t think it would have been good politics either.”[3] liberal position

[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00033

[2] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00034

[3] http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/john-cornyn-for-the-sake-of-the-nation-and-the-gop/ndPtR/


Earmarks

  • Although John Cornyn has been a vocal critic of earmarks, he has also requested them for projects in Texas. Cornyn has sponsored $415 million[1] in earmarks while in the Senate. He even voted against eliminating the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere” earmark in 2005.[2] liberal position
  • Voted to include federal entities in the definition of earmarks in 2006[3] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment prohibiting all earmarks appropriated pursuant to the underlying 2007 America COMPETES Act[4] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of a massive public works bill in 2007, which included 900+ earmarks, WRDA[5] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment instituting an earmark moratorium for FY 2009[6] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of establishing an earmark moratorium for fiscal years 2010 and 2011[7] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment prohibiting earmarks in years with a deficit in 2010[8] conservative position
  • Cornyn voted in favor of establishing a ban on earmarks for FY 2011, 2012, and 2013[9],[10] conservative position
  • In a 2010 interview with ABC News, Cornyn criticized the “Omnibus” spending bill of 2010, even though it included his requested earmarks. 
"'Karl, this is not just about earmarks,’ said Cornyn. ‘Earmarks are a symptom of wasteful Washington spending that the American people have said they want reformed. We agree with them, and that's why we will vote against this bill. But you're missing the story if you think it's just about earmarks. This is about a flawed process of sweetheart deals cut behind closed doors, and a big bill, a spending bill, dropped on the American people and on us on December the 14th, without adequate time to amend it and debate it and to reveal to the American people what is in it so they can cast their judgment.[11]’”
  • In 2002, John Cornyn questioned whether or not Amtrak was a wise investment, saying that Texas “should get back more than it pays in federal gas taxes for transportation.”[12] Despite being against Amtrak re-authorization in 2002, five years later when the 2002 funding ran out, Cornyn voted for Amtrak re-authorization in 2007[13] liberal position


[1] http://www.legistorm.com/earmarks/details/member/27/Sen_John_Cornyn/page/1/sort/amount/type/desc.html

[2] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=1&vote=00262

[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=2&vote=00081

[4] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00142

[5] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00347

[6] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=2&vote=00075

[7] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00050

[8] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00060

[9] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00255

[10] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00008

[11] http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/hypocrisy-alert-abc-news-grills-gop-leaders-earmarks/story?id=12403958

[12] http://amarillo.com/stories/2002/04/24/tex_wisdomof.shtml

[13] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00400

Education

  • Cornyn voted against extending the low 3.4% interest rate on student loans for undergraduate Federal Deposit Stafford Loans in 2012[1] conservative position
  • In 2013, he voted in favor of making federal education dollars portable.[2] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of maintaining federal subsidies for student loans in 2013[3] liberal position

 


[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00172

[2] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00063

[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00185

Energy & Enviornment

  • Voted in favor of the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act, providing for the exploration and development of mineral resources in 2006[1] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of the energy bill which subsidized alternative energy, mandated the use of ethanol and placed standards on producers of fuel, cars, and appliances in 2007[2] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act, which included 30 new tax provisions and cost $2 billion in 2008 [3] liberal position
  • Voted against the Cash for Clunkers program in 2009[4] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of repealing the ethanol import tax subsidy in 2011[5] conservative position
  • Voted against requiring the military to purchase “green fuels” in 2012, when conventional fuels are cheaper and more efficient[6] conservative position
  • Voted against an amendment in the Senate Finance Committee in 2014 to end the subsidy for wind energy[7] liberal position


[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=2&vote=00219

[2] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00430

[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=2&vote=00205

[4] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00270

[5] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00090

[6] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00206

[7] http://www.cq.com/doc/committees-2014040300315832?134

Foreign Policy & Defense

  • In 2006, Cornyn voted in favor of an amendment providing sanctions in Iran.[1] conservative position
  • In 2009, Cornyn voted to strike provisions relating to increased funding for the International Monetary Fund.[2] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment reducing the amount authorized to combat various diseases in developing countries in 2008[3] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment striking increased funding for the International Monetary Fund from a 2009 continuing resolution[4] conservative position
  • Voted against the new START treaty in 2010 with Russia which weakens our missile defense capabilities[5] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of repealing the authority to provide loans to the International Monetary Fund in 2011[6] conservative position
  • Voted against ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities treaty in 2012[7] conservative position
  • Voted against an amendment cutting foreign aid to hostile nations in 2013[8] liberal position
  • Voted against cutting funding to Egypt for FY 2014[9] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of advancing the International Monetary Fund bailout attached to the Ukraine foreign aid bill in 2014[10] liberal position


[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=2&vote=00172

[2] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00201

[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=2&vote=00181

[4] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00201

[5] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00298

[6] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00099

[7] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00219

[8] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00082

[9] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00085

[10] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00079

Free Market

  • Voted in favor of price controls for oil and gas prices in 2005[1]. One of just a few Republicans to do so. liberal position
  • Cornyn voted against extending fuel ethanol tax credits in 2011[2] conservative position
  • Cornyn voted to continue allowing the Secretary of Agriculture to make loan guarantees in 2012[3] liberal position
  • Cornyn voted to stop the compulsory participation in check-off marketing programs for agriculture [4] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of expanding the FDA’s oversight over tobacco products in 2009[5] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment providing the GAO with the authority to audit the Federal Reserve, including the Federal Open Market Committee in 2010[6] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of patent reform in 2011[7] 
  • Voted against an amendment increasing loan limits for the FHA and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2011[8] conservative position
  • Voted against an amendment providing tax credits for natural gas vehicles and refueling infrastructure 2012[9] conservative position
  • Voted to allow the Secretary of Agriculture to continue making loan guarantees in 2012[10] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of a 2012 amendment phasing out the Export-Import Bank[11] conservative position
  • Voted against reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank in 2012[12] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment reforming the sugar subsidy program in 2012[13] conservative position
  • Voted against a "Buy American" amendment in 2013[14] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of repealing the sugar price support program in 2013[15] conservative position
  • Voted against delaying key reforms to National Flood Insurance Program in January 2014 and March 2014[16],[17] conservative position

 


[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=1&vote=00334

[2]http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00090

[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00137

[4] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00138

[5] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00207

[6] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00138

[7] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00129

[8] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00180

[9] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00041

[10] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00137

[11] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00091

[12] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00096

[13] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00151

[14] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00123

[15] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00134

[16] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00019

[17] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00078

Health Care

  • Cornyn voted for President Bush’s Medicare expansion plan in November of 2003, the largest entitlement expansion in a generation prior to Obamacare[1] liberal position
  • Voted against expanding the State Children's Health Insurance Program by $60B in 2007[2] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment disallowing the House-passed budget plan that would have turned Medicare into a voucher program. liberal position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment allowing for the interstate sale of health insurance in 2007[3] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of a procedural vote that gave Harry Reid the ability to strike language that would have defunded the implementation of Obamacare in 2013[4] liberal position
  • Voted against offsetting the cost of the Miller-Sanders Veterans Bill in 2014[5] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of the Miller-Sanders Veterans Bill creating a new entitlement set to cost $500 billion over the next decade in 2014[6] liberal position


[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=108&session=1&vote=00459

[2] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00307

[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00305

[4] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00206

[5] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00253

[6] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00254

Immigration

  • Cornyn worked with Senator Kyl (R-AZ) to offer an immigration plan in 2005, the Comprehensive Enforcement and Immigration Reform Act. The bill puts illegal immigrants ahead of legal immigrants in the line for visas. [2] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment striking sections from the 2006 amnesty bill legalizing the status of most illegal aliens[3] conservative position
  • Voted against the 2006 amnesty bill including a path to citizenship,[4] but voted to advance the bill to the floor [5] liberal position
  • Voted against an amendment providing extra funds to construct fencing along the southwest border with a spending offset in 2006[6] liberal position
  • Voted against cloture to proceed with the 2007 amnesty bill, which contained a pathway to citizenship.[7]  But he later opposed an effort to strip amnesty out of the bill.[8] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment to eliminate favoritism granted to illegal aliens over those waiting in line legally for a green card in 2007[9] conservative position
  • Cornyn sponsored an amendment barring gang members, terrorists, and other criminals from obtaining legal status in 2007.[10] conservative position
  • Cornyn voted against the DREAM Act in 2010; yet in 2011, he stated publicly, “The ‘DREAM Act’ is, in fact, the engine that could help pull the train for credible immigration reform."[11] liberal position
  • While Cornyn ultimately voted against final passage of the Gang of 8 Amnesty Bill in 2013,[12] he did vote to advance the legislation making way for the bill’s final passage.[13] He also voted for it in the Judiciary Committee. liberal position
  • After opposing the Gang of Eight's plan in 2013, by January 2014 Cornyn was repeating the talking points of pro-amnesty advocates: “We can win in 2014 without resolving it. We can’t win in 2016 without resolving it.”[14] liberal position
  • Cornyn offered an amendment to the Gang of 8 bill, the RESULTS amendment, that contained four triggers necessary for a change in the status of illegal aliens from “registered provisional immigrant” to “legal resident.” He noted that he would've been open to a pathway to citizenship if his amendment had been included in the final legislation.[15] His amendment was criticized by conservatives as another example of amnesty first and promises of enforcement 10 years from now.[16] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of advancing legislation giving President Obama $2.7 billion more to help process the surge of illegal immigrants in 2014, instead of mandating deportations and holding him accountable for amnesty[17] liberal position



[2] http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2005/09/the-cornyn-kyl-immigration-reform-act-flawed-but-fixable

[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=2&vote=00127

[4] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=2&vote=00157

[5] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=2&vote=00144

[6] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=2&vote=00200

[7] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00173

[8] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00180

[9] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00182

[10] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00187

[11] Fawn Johnson, Absent Action, Cornyn has a lot to say on immigration, National Journal (June 28, 2011).

[12] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00168

[13] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00147

[14] http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/inside-boehner-s-election-year-immigration-strategy-20140114

[15] Ibid

[16] http://dailysignal.com/2013/06/17/senator-cornyns-border-security-amendment-doesnt-cut-it/

[17] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00250

Judiciary & Nominations

  • Voted against confirming Eric Holder for Attorney General in 2009[1] conservative position
  • Voted against confirming Sonia Sotomayor as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice in 2009[2] conservative position
  • Voted against confirming Elena Kagan as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice[3] conservative position
  • Cornyn voted to confirm Timothy Geithner for Secretary of the Treasury Department.[4] liberal position
  • Cornyn voted to allow the President to appoint 200 appointees going forward without a Senate vote in 2011[5]. liberal position
  • Voted against an amendment enhancing accountability and transparency among various Executive agencies in 2011[6] liberal position
  • Voted against an amendment establishing term limits for senators in 2012[7] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of shortening the duration of all Senate debates, weakening the minority in 2013[8] liberal position
  • Voted against confirming John Kerry for Secretary of State in 2013[9] conservative position
  • Voted against confirming Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense in 2013[10] conservative position
  • Voted against confirming Jack Lew for Secretary of the Treasury in 2013[11] conservative position
  • Voted against confirming Richard Cordray for Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2013[12] conservative position
  • Voted against confirming Janet Yellen for Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in 2014[13] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of confirming Stanley Fischer for Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in 2014[14] liberal position
  • Voted against confirming Sylvia Mathews Burwell for Health and Human Services Secretary in 2014[15] conservative position
  • In June 2014, he voted to confirm Julian Castro as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) both in Committee and on the Senate floor.[16]  Castro was criticized by conservatives as a radical liberal who refused to affirm opposition to using eminent domain to seize delinquent mortgages of homes in depressed areas.[17] liberal position
  • Cornyn voted against VAWA in 2013, but then praised its passage because it included a provision that he introduced, the SAFER Act, intended to reduce the number of rape kits held by law enforcement without being tested.[18] liberal position


[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00032

[2] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00262

[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00229

[4] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00015

[5] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00101

[6] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00100

[7] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00011

[8] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00001

[9] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00005

[10] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00024

[11] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00025

[12] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00174

[13] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00001

[14] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00160

[15] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00175

[16] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00219

[17] http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/09/04/Julian-Castro-A-Radical-Revealed

[18] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/08/john-cornyn-violence-against-women-act_n_2839282.html

Labor

  • Voted in favor of increasing the minimum wage in 2007[1] liberal position
  • However, he has opposed any subsequent increases. In 2013, The Dallas Morning News reported that Cornyn was against raising the minimum wage to $9.00: “My question is, why stop there? Let’s just raise it to $100 an hour,” Cornyn, the deputy Republican leader in the Senate, said today on his weekly call with Texas reporters. “The unintended consequence of government mandating wages is that unfortunately, many younger workers get fired or laid off or never hired because it’s not economical for a small business to hire them… It hurts job creation and it is really unwarranted government intervention in the marketplace.[2]


[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00042

[2] http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2013/02/why-not-100-sen-john-cornyn-rejects-obama-call-for-9-minimum-wage.html/

Sanctity of Life

  • Voted against allowing federal funding for research on stem cells in 2006[1] conservative position
  • Voted against expanding federal funding for stem cell research in 2007[2] conservative position
  • Voted against overturning Mexico City Policy, the so-called "gag rule" in 2007[3] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment to prevent funding for the UN while any member nation forces involuntary abortions in 2013.[4] conservative position


[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=2&vote=00206

[2] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00127

[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00319

[4] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00086

Second Amendment

  • In 2004, Cornyn voted against limits on the sale of guns without safety devices.[1] conservative position
  • Voted against a 10-year extension of the assault weapons ban in 2004[2] conservative position
  • Voted against advancing debate on restrictions to the Second Amendment in 2013[4] conservative position
  • Voted against the Manchin-Toomey amendment expanding background checks.[5] Cornyn introduced his own amendment to allow reciprocity for the carrying of certain concealed firearms.[6] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of authorizing the use of the PATRIOT Act to access firearms records of law abiding citizens in 2011[3] liberal position


[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=108&session=2&vote=00017

[2] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=108&session=2&vote=00024

[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00082

[4] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00095

[5] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00097

[6] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00100

Taxes

  • Voted against an amendment increasing tobacco user fees in 2007[1] conservative position
  • Voted against extending the payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits in 2012[2] conservative position
  • Voted against an amendment terminating certain energy tax subsidies and lowering the corporate tax rate in 2012[3] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of the “fiscal cliff" deal in 2013, which increased taxes by $630 billion and spending by $230 billion[4] liberal position
  • Voted against an amendment allowing states to collect sales taxes on out-of-state internet purchases in 2013[5] conservative position


[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00105

[2] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00022

[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00040

[4] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00251

[5] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00062

Trade

  • Voted against an amendment extending the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program for workers who lost their jobs due to free trade in 2011[1] conservative position
  • Voted against bill extending the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program in 2011[2] conservative position
  • Voted against penalizing foreign countries that manipulate currency despite U.S. manipulation, with the potential to start a trade war in 2011[3] conservative position


[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00149

[2] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00150

[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00156

Traditional Family Values

  • Voted in favor of a Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage in 2004[1] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of a Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage in 2006[2] conservative position
  • Voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, ENDA in 2013[3] conservative position


[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=108&session=2&vote=00155

[2] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=2&vote=00163

[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00232 

Transportation

  • Voted against the SAFETEA-LU highway spending bill in 2005[1].  One of just four Republicans to do so. conservative position
  • Voted against a $550 million earmark for Amtrak in 2006[2] conservative position
  • Despite voting against the 2006 Amtrak earmark and supporting the full disclosure of Amtrak’s Federal subsidies, Cornyn voted in favor of reauthorizing Amtrak in 2007[3] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of repealing subsidized airline tickets to sparsely populated airports, the Essential Air Service Program, in 2011[4] conservative position
  • Voted against an amendment limiting highway trust fund spending to gas tax receipts in 2011[5] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of temporarily extending federal highway spending above its gas tax revenue source outlined in the ‘Ryan Plan’ House budget in 2011[6] liberal position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment returning transportation spending authority to states in 2012[7] conservative position
  • Voted against temporarily extending federal highway spending above its gas tax revenue source in 2012[8] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment dramatically reducing the federal gas tax and returning transportation authority back to the states in 2014[9] conservative position
  • Voted against a $10.8 billion highway trust fund bailout in 2014[10] conservative position


[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=1&vote=00220

[2] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=2&vote=00052

[3] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00400

[4] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00021

[5] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00136

[6] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00138

[7] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00036

[8] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00048

[9] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00246

[10] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00248

Welfare

  • Voted in favor of providing states with the flexibility to save money on runaway food stamps spending, SNAP in 2012[1] conservative position
  • Voted in favor of an amendment replacing the food stamp program with state block grants in 2013[2] conservative position


[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00120

[2] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00132