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Protecting Taxpayer Dollars

Aug 22, 2020
Newsletter

There’s an ongoing crisis in the United States, but contrary to the Democrats’ latest rallying cry, it’s not the United States Postal Service (USPS). It’s the COVID-19 relief package that Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her enablers are holding hostage in spite of continued cries from small businesses and families across the nation.

Democrats continue to promote conspiracy theories in the name of disparaging President Trump at the expense of the American people. Perhaps the most shameless incitement of public outcry comes this weekend, as they called an “emergency” session for the House of Representatives to vote on a postal bill that addresses a non-existent problem. Facts don’t matter to them–such as the USPS being financially stable until August 2021, with such solid fiscal footing that they have not yet started drawing from a $10 billion line of credit from the Treasury Department–as long as they can excite their base on fabricated conspiracies and create free content in the media.

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We can find bipartisan solutions to address issues within the postal service and modernize it to changing times, while simultaneously being conscious of the billions of taxpayer dollars that have been used to bail out the institution over the years. But a bipartisan solution can never be achieved if the premise of the debate begins with Democrats promulgating false information and caring more about handouts for the unions than those who rely on their local post office.

Fighting for our families

Fentanyl and synthetic opioid overdoses caused over 50,000 deaths in 2019 alone in the U.S. and they continue to scourge communities nationwide. We must equip federal agents and law enforcement personnel at our southern border with the tools necessary to keep Americans safe.

Congress has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) technology to protect our communities from illicit drugs coming across the border. This state of the art technology provides law enforcement personnel with the capability to scan every vehicle crossing the border for even trace amounts of illicit drugs, and we must ensure these tools are utilized to the fullest extent possible. I recently wrote to DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf requesting an update on the implementation of NII at the southern border, and I was pleased to hear from officials this week that taxpayer dollars are being responsibly allocated in their mission to protect our American communities.

Fighting for our students

I’m proud to have delivered nearly $11 million in relief funding for Tarleton State University under the CARES Act so our students are equipped with the resources to stay healthy as we combat COVID-19. I was grateful for the warm welcome this week as they began their fall semester on campus. I also had the opportunity to congratulate them again with a flag and certificate for officially becoming a member of the NCAA D1 Western Athletic Conference. States Up and Go Texans!

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Photo courtesy of Tarleton State University

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Fighting for our farmers and ranchers

I had the opportunity this week to meet with the Texas Farm Bureau and the Dairy Farmers of America, and thank them for their work to keep us moving. Our farmers are essential to keeping America’s food supply secure, and despite facing tremendous challenges during this global pandemic, they continue forging ahead with determination. They provide vital resources for rural communities and cities across our nation, and bring food to those in need while preserving our natural resources.

Under the CARES Act, I was proud to help allocate $9.5 billion to provide financial support to the entire agriculture community hurt by the virus and I urged USDA to ensure the dairy industry was included in this critical relief. I’m proud to be the voice of our Texas dairy farmers in Congress and will remain committed to fighting on their behalf so they can survive and rebound.

DELIVERING FOR TX-25

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I’m proud announce a $1.8 million grant for the Texas Department of Public Safety that will greatly benefit the entire Austin community and our state as a whole. Ensuring Texas is equipped with resources like test kits and emergency personnel is vital stopping the spread of the virus in our communities. While the 25th District has already received much-needed funding for operation centers, this grant will allow us to further combat COVID-19 as we work together to protect and serve Texans.

In God we trust,

Roger Williams

Member of Congress