The junior senator from Texas led the Senate’s bid to zero-out funding for the Department of Justice to execute “gun-walking” operations that have law enforcement officers watch illegal gun sales without action, such as Fast and Furious.
The amendment, written by Sen. John Cornyn III (R.-Tex.) reads: “No funds made available under this Act shall be used to allow the transfer of firearms to agents of drug cartels where law enforcement personnel of the United States do not continuously monitor and control such firearms at all times.”
The amendment passed 99 to 0.
Cornyn, who serves on the Finance, Judiciary, Armed Services and Budget Committees, said, “When 2,000 firearms go missing, and at least one is found at the crime scene of a murdered U.S. Border Patrol agent, we must do everything possible to ensure that such a reckless and ill-advised operation like Fast and Furious is not repeated.”
The former Texas attorney general said U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder has not be forthcoming in his explanations of the Fast and Furious and other similar operations.
“In addition to this amendment, Mr. Holder owes Americans a full accounting on all alleged gun-walking operations, including a response to allegations of another Texas-based scheme, and I encourage him to come up to Capitol Hill to do so as soon as possible,” he said.
The top Republican on the Judiciary Committee’s Immigration, Refugees and Border Security Subcommittee, Cornyn sent an Aug. 11 letter to Holder demanding an accounting of the gun-walking operations.
The letter closed with this plea: “I believe it is important that you promptly disclose the details of any past or present Texas-based ATF [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives] ‘gun-walking’ program similar to Operation Fast and Furious. My constituents deserve a full accounting of any such activities in Texas. I look forward to your reply.”
Cornyn served previously as Texas Attorney General, Texas Supreme Court justice, and Bexar County district judge.