Senator Cornyn

Cornyn Priorities, COVID Relief Pass in Government Funding Bill

December 21, 2020

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) supported the passage of the targeted coronavirus relief package and FY21 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which funds the federal government through September 30, 2021 and includes many priorities important to Texas:

Relief for Texans During the Pandemic:

  • Provides direct financial assistance to Texans:
    • Provides individuals making up to $75,000 with a $600 check and an additional $600 for each eligible child. A family of four making up to $150,000 will receive $2,400
    • Extends the eviction moratorium until January 31, 2021 and provides $25 billion in temporary and targeted rental assistance for those who lost their source of income during the pandemic
  • Expands unemployment insurance (UI) for Texas workers:
    • Provides an extra $300 weekly federal UI benefit on top of the state maximum temporarily
  • Assists the health care industry’s response:
    • Provides $19.695 billion for the purchase, development, and production of vaccines and $8.75 billion for vaccine distribution, administration, and monitoring
    • Provides $22.4 billion to assist states with testing and containment
    • Reauthorizes the Community Health Centers program for three years and provides $1.68 billion in appropriated funds.
    • Provides $3.25 billion for the Strategic National Stockpile of PPE and other critical supplies
    • Provides $3 billion for the Provider Relief Fund
    • Provides $4.25 billion for substance abuse and mental health treatment and prevention
  • Supports Texans in rural areas:
    • Includes $300 million to build out rural broadband
    • Provides an additional $250 million for telehealth
    • Provides $11.2 billion in funding for agricultural assistance to support farmers, ranchers, logging and timber, textile mills, and producers.
    • Provides $1 billion in repurposed funding for agricultural losses due to previous natural disasters.
  • Provides for Texas education, childcare, and nutrition:
    • Provides $10 billion for childcare centers
    • Allocates $82 billion in funding to support students, teachers, schools, and families, including:
      • $54.3 billion to help elementary and secondary schools safely re-open or remain open;
      • $22.7 billion to support students and institutions of higher education;
      • And $4.1 billion as part of the Governors Fund to give states flexible funding to address students’ needs from early childhood through college
      • Continues and provides additional waivers and flexibility for School Nutrition Programs, of which two-thirds of Texas school children participate in
    • Provides $400 million in funding for the Emergency Food Assistance Program and $1.5 billion for the purchase of food and commodities to help Texas food banks meet unprecedented demand
    • Includes a six-month increase in supplemental food benefits for low-income Texans

Supporting Texas Workers & Job Creators: 

  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): Provides more than $250 billion to replenish the programwhich provides loans to allow small businesses to maintain their payroll, hire back laid-off employees, and cover interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities 
  • Save Our Stages Act: Provides Small Business Administration grants totaling $15 billion for entertainment venue operators affected by COVID-19 stay-at-home orders in order to keep venues afloat, pay employees, and preserve a critical economic sector 
  • Small Business Expense Protection Act: Clarifies the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) so small businesses can deduct expenses paid with a forgiven PPP loan from their taxes 
  • Extension of the Donation Acceptance Program: Provides a one-year extension of this program promoting public-private partnerships to boost staffing and make infrastructure improvements at U.S. ports of entry without adding to the national deficit

Protecting Texas Children: 

Strengthening Texas’ Energy Sector: 

Preserving Texans’ History: