Makin’ Headlines – September 18th
Senator John Cornyn has been makin’ news and fightin’ for Texans this week.
Dallas Morning News
The Jenna Quinn Law, which is modeled on a law of the same name that has already been in effect in Texas for over 10 years, would amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to require training for teachers, students, caregivers and other adults who work with children in professional or volunteer settings on how to identify and report child sexual abuse. “Only about half the states have adopted some form of Jenna’s Law,” Cornyn said, “and even then, many states with these laws, including Texas, don’t have adequate funding for this training, and that’s what will change with the passage of the Jenna Quinn Law.”
Big Country Homepage
A U.S. Border Patrol station in Rocksprings will be renamed to honor fallen agent Donna Doss, who died while on duty west of Abilene in 2019. “Her loss was another solemn reminder of the courageous sacrifices law enforcement officers and their families make every day, and I hope memorializing her service at the Border Patrol Station in Rocksprings will help honor her ultimate sacrifice.”
The Katy News
Several cities and counties in the Greater Houston area were awarded a total of $41,682,816 in another round of federal grants to help recover from the economic fallout of the novel coronavirus outbreak, U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced today. The funding, which was appropriated by Congress in March, comes through the Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of the CARES Act. The State of Texas was also awarded $38,299,172 for state officials to use for the same purpose.
The Lubbock Police Department will be receiving more than $73,000 in federal grant money, intended to fund open access to mental health and wellness services for Lubbock law enforcement. “Because we rely on first responders to keep our communities safe, it is critical that we provide them with the tools they need to do their jobs,” said Sen. Cornyn. “We ask our law enforcement officers to do too much so I will continue working to ensure police in Lubbock don’t go without the support they need.”
The City of Amarillo was awarded another federal grant totaling $1,376,090 to help aid economic recovery related to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Texas families are still struggling as the coronavirus outbreak wreaks havoc on our way of life, and that’s why it’s critical that we in Washington make sure they are protected,” said Sen. Cornyn. “I’ll continue to do everything I can to make economic recovery in Amarillo a high priority as we weather this deadly pandemic.”
San Marcos Record
San Marcos and New Braunfels received a total of $991,644 in federal grants to aid the recovery from the COVID-19 economic crisis. San Marcos was allotted $567,825, while New Braunfels was granted $423,819. “Texas families are still struggling as the coronavirus outbreak wreaks havoc on our way of life, and that’s why it’s critical that we in Washington make sure they are protected,” Cornyn said in a statement.
KBTX (Bryan-College Station)
The twin cities have been awarded $1,425,260 in a third round of Coronavirus Recovery Grants, according to Sen. John Cornyn. The funding comes through the Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of the CARES Act. Bryan is receiving $603,226 and College Station receiving $822,034. “I’ll continue to do everything I can to make economic recovery in Bryan-College Station a high priority as we weather this deadly pandemic,” said Senator Cornyn.
FOX (West Texas)
The City of San Angelo was awarded another federal grant totaling $582,116 to help recover from the economic fallout of the novel coronavirus outbreak, U.S. Senator John Cornyn’s office announced Tuesday.
The Hughes Springs Volunteer Fire Department was awarded a federal grant of $56,533.33 to enhance local fire prevention and safety efforts, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn announced. The funding comes through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), which aims to strengthen the nation’s overall level of preparedness and ability to respond to fire and related hazards.