WASHINGTON –Today on the floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed how his travel around Texas during the August state work period has reinforced the urgency of and informed his priorities for the next coronavirus relief package. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video can be found here.
“Big in-person events have been replaced with virtual ones. With face to face meetings – which now involve wearing masks, social distancing, and a heavy dose of hand sanitizer – instead of the broad range of policies we might normally discuss, almost every one of them centered on the impact of COVID-19.”
“We need to provide schools with the funding to keep kids in the classroom safe and those at home on track for a great education – but to be honest, more is needed for those learning in-person.”
“As I traveled, I was able to see how schools, our health care facilities, our food banks, local governments, and more have been able to use the federal coronavirus funding provided for in the CARES Act. The feedback and insight that I received was invaluable to my work here in the Senate, and it’s more important than ever as we continue negotiations on the next coronavirus relief bill.”
“We need to pass legislation to bolster our response to this virus, support our students and teachers, help those in need of financial assistance, and ensure that our health care response remains robust.”
“I hope my colleagues have also heard from their constituents about how important relief is and that we can come together at such a critical point in our fight against COVID-19.”