The Road Ahead
While Congress has delivered tangible relief throughout COVID-19, there are crucial pieces of bipartisan legislation that must be passed as soon as possible to further help our economy rebound.
Saving small businesses
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.
Expanding broadband to all communities
Prior to March, areas in almost every one of our TX-25 counties lacked access to high quality, high-speed internet. COVID-19 has underscored the urgency of expanding broadband access for rural communities across the country as we work to close the gap between rural and urban areas, and connect all of Texas.
My bill, the Eliminate the Digital Divide Act, would empower states like ours to carry out their own broadband networks that best fit the needs of their communities. In order to collectively rebound, it is vital that households receive the most up-to-date information and businesses adapt to a changing economic environment driven by curbside services, online operations, and ever-changing public health guidelines.
Extending telehealth services for patients
Internet access has also dramatically improved the delivery of tele-medicine and we must continue creating policies that adapt to the digital age. The Ensuring Telehealth Expansion Act would extend telehealth provisions in the CARES Act until 2025 and eliminate site restrictions so patients can receive care in their homes. Telehealth flexibilities under CARES have tremendously helped both patients and providers during COVID-19, and it is vital that we continue extending these waivers so Texans have access to essential care.
We’re wasting precious time not acting on bipartisan priorities like these that have a real path forward and can provide immediate relief to hardworking Americans. As we look toward the future of this next Congress, our focus must be on providing targeted and effective pandemic relief for those who need it most, and ensuring every citizen is equipped with the tools to pursue their American Dream.
I'm ready to get to work.
In God we trust,
Member of Congress