John Cornyn

Cornyn Insists Health Bill Vote Will Proceed

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) says a key vote to advance the GOP health care bill will likely occur on Wednesday, The Hill reports.

“Leaders currently do not have the support to win that procedural vote, known as a motion to proceed, to take up the bill for consideration.”

Axios: “That wouldn’t necessarily be the worst outcome for McConnell. As much as Republicans want to get rid of the health care law, McConnell’s allies have been saying for weeks that he’s ready to just put senators on the record and move on to tax reform. He doesn’t think a delay in the vote will make it more likely to pass.”

Do Senate Republicans Want This Bill to Pass?

First Read: “Don’t miss what Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the Senate’s No. 2 Republican, tweeted last night: ‘FYI: The Byrd Rule is actually a law.’ Translation for those unfamiliar with Senate arcana: The legislation that House Republicans are trying to pass probably don’t meet the rules that can avoid a Senate filibuster.”

“Think about it, Cornyn is warning his House colleagues that this legislation can’t pass the Senate. And that’s precisely what Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) stated earlier this month: ‘I would say to my friends in the House of Representatives with whom I serve, ‘Do not walk the plank and vote for a bill that cannot pass the Senate and then have to face the consequences of that vote.'”

Cornyn Says Wall Not a Priority for Texans

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, believes that constructing a physical wall on the U.S.-Mexico border would not rate high among Texans, The Hill reports.

Said Cornyn: “I think people would say, if you are talking about a physical wall, it would rate very low. Because I think most people in Texas understand that our 1,200-mile border is not … the same at every point along the way.”

Trump Says GOP Leaders Need to be Tougher

Donald Trump “singled out Republican leaders, explicitly telling them to get tougher, sharper, smarter and quiet,” Politico reports.

Said Trump: “You know, the Republicans, honestly, folks, our leaders — our leaders have to get tougher. This is too tough to do it alone. But you know what? I think I’m gonna be forced to. I think I’m going to be forced to.”

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) told reporters that he will no longer talk about Trump until after Nov. 8.

Cornyn Calls Trump an ‘Albatross’ to Republicans

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) “raised serious concerns about Donald Trump’s surging presidential bid, becoming the highest-ranking congressional Republican to express fears about the real estate mogul’s candidacy,” CNN reports.

Said Cornyn: “We can’t have a nominee be an albatross around the down-ballot races.”

Bonus Quote of the Day

“I just worry with a president who’s so detached and disengaged and apparently disinterested in doing the grind work that goes along with passing legislation that it would be hard to do anything, impossible to do anything really big and meaningful and a lot of those things we really need to do.”

— Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), quoted by the Texas Tribune.