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While Congress has delivered tangible relief for Texans over the last year, there are crucial pieces of bipartisan legislation that must be passed as soon as possible to further help our economy rebound.
The Save Our Stages Act would create a grant program within the Small Business Administration, allowing live independent music venues like Mohawk in Austin and Brass Hall in Marble Falls to survive the pandemic. In order to fully restore our economy, these venues need capital as they were the hardest hit by government mandates and face uncertainty down the road.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) today delivered remarks calling on Speaker Pelosi to bring the Save Our Stages Act to the House floor for a vote as standalone legislation. His bipartisan bill introduced in July would create a grant program within the Small Business Administration to aid independent live music venues impacted by restrictions and government mandates during the COVID-19 pandemic.
When COVID-19 began sweeping across our nation in March, I knew Congress must take deliberate action to keep our economy afloat and our communities protected. As a small business owner, it was clear that nearly every industry would require relief as they adapted to new government mandates and forced closures.
Texas is the embodiment of freedom in the United States.
We are the most pro-business state in the country, with low taxes, fewer regulations and more freedom for entrepreneurs than anywhere across the United States. It is these principles that allow innovators to thrive and propel our world into the future.
Small businesses are the heartbeat of our nation and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have affected them in an extraordinary way.
I come to Congress from a retail background, where your livelihood depends on face to face interaction. Though adjustments have been made to keep doors open for the better part of 2020, Central Texas business owners have been dealt a harsh blow with further uncertainty on the horizon.
HILLSBORO, TX – Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) today toured the Hillsboro Municipal Airport after announcing a $553,500 grant awarded to the airport under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Mayor Andy Smith, EDC Administrator Art Mann and Airport Manager John Graham joined the tour.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen Roger Williams (R-TX-25) and Peter Welch (D-VT-At large) today introduced the Save Our Stages Act, to provide grants from the Small Business Administration to independent music venues impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the Senate companion version of the legislation.
AUSTIN, TX – Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) today applauded Tesla’s announcement of the construction of their new Gigafactory in Travis County. The $1.1 billion assembly plant will employ 5,000 people and is expected to generate over $1 billion in capital investment.
As the fight against COVID-19 continues, we must demonstrate that we can confront the challenges of the virus while still taking deliberate steps to safely reopen the economy. There is no substitute for restaurants filled with patrons, classrooms full of children, or retail storefronts packed with American consumers. Prior to the pandemic, our American economy was stronger than it had been in decades with more jobs than people and record low unemployment.