Cornyn, Hurd help kick off holiday food drive to aid needy in El Paso

October 8, 2018
In The News

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Republican U.S. Rep. Will Hurd visited the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank on Monday to kick off the organization's first Holiday Harvest Food Drive. The goal is to raise 75,000 pounds of food in 75 days. The food will be distributed to needy families in the El Paso community through the holidays.

Cornyn and Hurd toured the facility and then rolled up their sleeves and spent more than an hour helping a group of military spouses from Fort Bliss and students from Clarke Middle School, who were volunteering to process food and pack boxes. The boxes packed Monday will be distributed to the Commodity Supplemental Food Program for the elderly.

Cornyn had just returned to Texas after a bruising U.S. Supreme Court confirmation battle in Washington, D.C.

Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in Saturday as the newest justice after a wrenching debate in the Senate over sexual misconduct and judicial temperament. His Senate confirmation was the narrowest in nearly a century and a half, and protesters chanted outside the court building across the street from the Capitol while he was sworn in.

Cornyn, the No. 2 ranking Republican in the Senate who helped shepherd Kavanaugh’s nomination, told the Associated Press after the confirmation: "The Senate has been an embarrassment. We have a lot of work to do."

In El Paso on Monday, Cornyn said he hoped that the Senate would take lessons from the confirmation hearing and be less divisive in the future. Hurd also encouraged more bipartisanship.