Senator Cornyn to visit Houston, recognize life-saving FBI agents

Published 12:10 am Thursday, July 25, 2019

U.S. Senator John Cornyn will be visiting Houston on Friday to award four FBI agents the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery for their efforts during Hurricane Harvey.

“These four FBI agents put service above self during Hurricane Harvey,” Cornyn said during a conference call Wednesday. “There were several Houston police officers evacuating flooded apartments. They needed help saving Texans who were trapped by rising water, so they called the FBI. These four men pulled out Texan after Texan, more than 50 were put out of harms way.”

Cornyn, a Texas Republican, said this would be the first time this award has been given to FBI agents.

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Along with his visit to Houston, Cornyn touched base on other issues he faced in the last several weeks, including a brief statement on the Mueller Report, a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border and an update on his drug pricing legislation.

Cornyn referred to former Special Council Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress on Wednesday as the most “over-hyped” appearance in front of a committee he has ever seen.

“I don’t know why the (Democrats) expected Mueller to report on anything outside the four corners of his report,” he said. “They need to move on. I know they are disappointed with the outcome, but we have other challenges to face rather than reiterating a decision once it’s already been decided.”

Beginning with the items on his agenda, Cornyn said he intends to vote yes in the upcoming vote on caps and debt ceiling agreement.

“If we had control of both the House and the Senate we would have a better deal, but we don’t control the House,” he said. “However, it is the best deal under divided government. Under Trump, our military has been back on track, modernizing and supporting our men and women in uniform and their families. We need long-term solutions for defense and to provide for common defense.”

Cornyn said along with the caps and debt agreement, he has been focusing on legislation to lower prices on prescription drugs.

“This legislation will curb anti-competitors with generic alternatives,” he said. “It will cause more competition, but it will be better prices for consumers. By the fall, we hope to lower out-of-pocket cost for consumers.”

Cornyn also said he has recently made a trip to the U.S.-Mexico border in which he and his team found the need to strengthen current immigration laws, saying, “The responsibility for this crisis falls at Congress’s feet.”