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Save Our Stages Act Gains Over 100 Co-Sponsors

Sep 4, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) today announced the Save Our Stages Act, introduced alongside Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT-At-large), has garnered over 100 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives and further urged House leadership to bring the legislation to the floor for a vote.

“Over the last few months, I’ve toured numerous live music venues across the 25th District and have met with owners, managers, promoters and artists who are in desperate need of relief as they have been uniquely affected by the government’s actions during COVID-19, especially here in the Austin area. Unlike some businesses on the road to recovery, music venues that have been cultural staples for generations will continue to bear the negative impacts of the pandemic for the foreseeable future,” said Congressman Williams. “The Save Our Stages Act is a lifeline for this industry and I’m proud to lead the fight in Congress on their behalf, now with the support of over 100 of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle. It’s vital we pass this legislation in the near future so these pillars in our Central Texas communities can once again reopen their doors.”

Background:

Introduced on July 27, 2020 with the support of music venues and world-renowned recording artists, the Save Our Stages Act would provide grants from the Small Business Administration to independent music venues impacted by COVID-19. Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the Senate companion version of the legislation.

To view quotes of support for the bill from artists and Texas-based music venues, please click here.

To view Congressman Williams’ remarks on the House floor urging passage, please click here.

To view an exclusive op-ed by Congressman Williams in the Austin American-Statesman, please click here.

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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.