Congress still has a lot of work to do this year.
I believe we need another coronavirus relief package before the end of 2020, and I look forward to returning to Washington to work with my colleagues to make this happen.
Earlier this year, Congress passed the CARES Act and it did a lot of good for Texans. In fact, I travelled all across our great state in August to share just how much Texas has benefitted from this crucial relief package. Here are some of the highlights:
$530 million | Rio Grande Valley
$35 million | San Angelo
$34 million | Abilene
$61 million | Midland
$132 million | Lubbock
$64 million | Amarillo
$35 million | Wichita Falls
$77 million | Tyler
$78 million | Waco
$125 million | Bryan-College Station
$161 million | Corpus Christi
I’ve been working for students across the state, appropriating $2.6 billion in education funding for Texas, urging the FDA to issue waivers to allow child nutrition programs to continue even through remote learning, and introducing the ACCESS Internet Act to provide schools and libraries with $2 billion for hotspots and connected devices for students who need them.Farmers and ranchers have always been important to Texas, but that’s especially true during the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s why I supported the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program to aid agricultural producers and urged President Trump to eliminate payment limits for livestock, dairy, and specialty crop products.
Another important piece of the CARES Act that I supported is the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Establishing and expanding PPP has been a major lifeline for businesses all over the state, with Texas businesses receiving $40.5 billion across more than 372,000 individual loans.
I’m proud of the work we’ve done for Texans in 2020, Brent – but I’m not done. I’ll continue fighting to make sure Texans can continue to work, families keep food on their tables, and everyone stays safe from COVID-19.