02/23/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/23/2021 18:06
WASHINGTON -Today U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) spoke on the Senate floor for the first time following severe winter weather and associated power and water outages in Texas last week . Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn's remarks are below, and video can be found here.
'In times of crisis, there's no red team and no blue team, and I want to thank every person who supported the response to this crisis so far, whether they are Texans or not.'
'I know more will be needed in the days and weeks ahead, and I want to assure the folks back home that I'm listening, I'm working and I'm here to help any way that I can.'
'I know there are still many without water and electric and I want to assure them, you are the nation's priority.'
'First responders and 9/11 dispatchers have gone above and beyond the call of duty. Health care workers, fighting a pandemic already, have now had to deal with power outages, staffing shortages, and water disruptions because of this storm.'
'Utility workers and energy providers have worked, of course, around the clock in dangerous conditions to restore power and safe drinking water to Texans.'
'And millions of unsung heroes have helped their fellow Texans get through these darks days. Checking on an elderly neighbor, helping drivers whose vehicles were stuck in the snow, welcoming people into their homes, donating supplies to those in need and so much more.'
'The past year has dealt us a tough hand. But I have faith that we'll come through this crisis just as we always have before, together.'
'I continue to say a prayer for those impacted by the storm and assure my constituents, my friends and neighbors in Texas, that I'll continue to do everything in my power to help our state recover and rebuild.'
Here are some of the actions Sen. Cornyn took last week to help Texans through the storm: