A vaccine to protect Americans from COVID-19 has taken another monumental step under the leadership of President Trump, Vice President Pence and Operation Warp Speed.
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.
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.
More than two million Texas residents didn’t have access to reliable internet before the pandemic, according to the Texas comptroller, while a staggering 18 million Americans nationwide had no access at all, per a 2020 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) report.
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.
Our nation is facing a challenge unlike anything we’ve ever seen. There’s no question that our way of life has been disrupted due to this invisible enemy and while there is no rule book on how to overcome a global pandemic in the modern era, I remain focused on providing the resources to restore, rebuild and renew the Texan way of life so we emerge stronger than ever.
Copperas Cove Leader Press
By Congressman Roger Williams
Expanding Access to Telehealth Services
Fentanyl and synthetic opioid overdoses caused over 50,000 deaths last year alone in the United States and they continue to scourge communities nationwide. This epidemic is personal and doesn’t discriminate based on age, location or wealth – it tears families apart and will keep plaguing our nation until we are able to eradicate it completely.
Texas farmers and ranchers are essential to keep America’s food supply secure, working around the clock to keep food on our tables. Every sector of the agriculture industry has been adversely affected: row crops, livestock, dairy, specialty and horticultural crops, and produce.