Makin’ Headlines – August 7

Makin’ Headlines

Senator John Cornyn has been makin’ news and fightin’ for Texans this week.

Manchin, Cornyn Bill to Expand Hotspots for Education, Telehealth amid COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and John Cornyn (R-TX) today introduced the bipartisan Accelerating Connected Care and Education Support Services on the Internet (ACCESS the Internet) Act to expand reliable broadband access for education and telehealth appointments for rural America during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ACCESS the Internet Act provides funding for the Education Stabilization Fund, hotspots through libraries, and telehealth services through the FCC and VA.

Bill Calls for ‘Mile-by-Mile’ Assessment of Tech Needs at the Southern Border

The Homeland Security Department will need to perform an analysis of technology needs for securing the U.S. border with Mexico if a new bipartisan bill passes Congress. Senator Cornyn is a co-sponsor for the measure, which calls for DHS to complete an assessment of technology needs within a year after the legislation is enacted for activities related to managing who and what crosses the border. The analysis may also cover other infrastructure needs, such as physical barriers, as well. 

Republicans slam Democrats for ‘not budging at all’ in coronavirus aid negotiations

Washington Examiner

Senate Republicans on Tuesday said the negotiations for a new round of federal coronavirus aid have stalled because Democrats won’t compromise on the cost or scope of a package and are raising the price tag instead. Republicans say the stalemate is centered not on coronavirus-related aid but rather on unrelated wish-list items that Democrats refuse to do without, such as a provision that would end the cap on property tax deductions that impact some of the wealthiest counties in America, many of them in blue states such as New York.

City of Lubbock awarded more than $9M to improve transit during virus outbreak

Everything Lubbock

The City of Lubbock was awarded a federal grant through the CARES Act of $9,604,633 to help transit providers continue to operate throughout the novel coronavirus outbreak, U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced. “While Texans continue doing everything they can in response to the spread of the coronavirus, we in Washington should give them everything they need to succeed,” said Sen. Cornyn. “I’m thankful to the Trump Administration for encouraging transit improvement in Lubbock.”

U.S. Senator John Cornyn announces public housing grants for Amarillo area

Amarillo Globe-News

The office of U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced Thursday that the city of Amarillo as well as Panhandle Community Services have been awarded more than $428,000 in federal grants to help public housing authorities recover during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “As Texans continue to grapple with the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, it’s critical that we continue to do everything we can to shield them from the economic fallout,” Cornyn said.

DFW area to receive $7.8 million in second round of coronavirus recovery grants for public housing authorities

Fort Worth Business

Several DFW area cities and counties were awarded a total of $7,826,953 in another round of federal grants to help public housing authorities recover from the economic fallout of the novel coronavirus outbreak. “I’ll continue to do everything I can to encourage economic recovery in North Texas amid this deadly pandemic,” said Cornyn.

Public housing authorities in Belton, Killeen, Waco receive CARES Act funding

Kileen Daily Herald

The Central Texas Council of Governments in Belton was awarded $345,965 and the Housing Authority of the city of Killeen got $20,165, according to a news release. The Housing Authority of the city of Waco also received $382,632.

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