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Rep. Williams Urges House Support and Passage of the Save Our Stages Act

Jul 30, 2020
Press Release

SOS Act floor remarks

WASHINGTON, D.C. Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) on Thursday delivered remarks to the U.S. House of Representatives urging support and passage of the Save Our Stages Act. His bipartisan legislation introduced on Monday with Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT-At large) would create a grant program within the Small Business Administration for independent live music venues impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. To view quotes of support from music venues and artists, please click here.

To watch his full remarks on the House floor, please click here.

Remarks as prepared for delivery:

Mr. Speaker, Austin is known as the “live music capital of the world,” and every year millions of people come from around the world to my district to enjoy concerts and events.

Venues like Songbird Live in Cleburne, Hudson’s on Mercer Street in Dripping Springs, and Mohawk in Austin play a crucial role in our culture.

During COVID-19, these venues have faced devastation as they were the first to close and will be among the last to reopen.

In order to provide relief, I’m proud to introduce the bipartisan Save Our Stages Act with my colleague Peter Welch to create a grant program that will ensure they have the resources needed to survive.

American music legends that rose to fame once graced their stages that are currently empty and motionless. They moved the young and old alike and inspired the next generation of artists.

It is my hope that our venues, with the help of Congress and our communities, will be able to once again welcome their next act to the stage.

I urge consideration and passage of this vital bill. In God we trust, I yield back.

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Congressman Roger Williams represents the 25th Congressional District of Texas and serves as a member of the House Committee on Financial Services.