Rep. Williams Urges Vote on Save Our Stages Act
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. 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, I rise today to urge passage of the Save Our Stages Act as a standalone bill so that independent live music venues can survive and recover from COVID-19.
During the pandemic, these venues have been hardest hit as they were the first to close and will be among the last to reopen due to safety restrictions and government mandates.
They generate billions of dollars into our national economy and create thousands of jobs every year. They are a cultural staple in Central Texas, and the 25th District, unlike any other place in our nation.
Over the last several months, I’ve had the privilege of working with the owners and managers of dozens of venues like Hudson’s on Mercer Street in Dripping Springs, Songbird Live in Cleburne, and The Broken Spoke in Austin to highlight the urgency of passing this legislation.
It is crucial we deliver not only for their livelihoods, but for the artists who start out on their stages and the future generations inspired by their work. Every day we waste is detrimental to this industry.
I call on Speaker Pelosi to bring the Save Our Stages Act to the House floor for a vote.
In God we trust, I yield back.
Congressman Roger Williams represents the 25th Congressional District of Texas and serves as a member of the House Committee on Financial Services.