Cornyn to chair subcommittees on international trade, Constitution
Jan. 22, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Updated March 5, 2015 at 7:56 a.m.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn has been named chairman of two Senate subcommittees: the Finance Committee's subcommittee on International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness and the Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on the Constitution.
The Texas Republican said the trade post would put him at the forefront of developing a U.S. trade agenda.
“Texas has led the nation in exports for over 10 years, and hardworking Texans in communities across our state have seen firsthand how our economy can benefit from robust international trade," Cornyn said in a statement. "I thank Chairman Hatch for trusting me with this position, and I look forward to continuing to build on the Texas model and the United States' trade advantages.”
As chair of the Constitution subcommittee, Cornyn said he would be a watchdog against unconstitutional overreach.
“Senators swear an oath to support and defend the U.S. Constitution, and I take that sacred responsibility seriously," he said. "The Constitution is the foundation of the freedoms and values we hold dear, yet for six years President Obama has treated it as an afterthought. It is the highest of laws and must be defended as such."
The Subcommittee on The Constitution is one of six subcommittees under the jurisdiction of the Judiciary Committee.
Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, will also sit on the Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure, and the Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight.