Senator Cornyn Discusses COVID-19 Response and Relief in the Rio Grande Valley

Senator John Cornyn visited the RGV, meeting with local leaders and health officials to discuss the latest on COVID-19 response and relief efforts. 

Since the outbreak of Coronavirus in the U.S., Senator Cornyn has been in constant contact and participated in several virtual conference calls with constituents in the Rio Grande Valley (listed below, Citation). Senator Cornyn supported passage of the federal CARES Act, ensuring millions in relief was allocated to the Rio Grande Valley. This funding supported efforts ranging from providing PPE to medical personnel and first responders; to creating medical surge capacity; to ensuring businesses stay afloat and staff remain employed thanks to the PPP.

Last week, he also signed on to legislation that retroactively sends economic recovery checks authorized by the CARES Act to Texans in “mixed status families.”These households did not originally qualify for relief funds because one spouse is a foreign national and, therefore, does not have a Social Security Number. This legislation will ensure American citizens receive assistance for themselves and their children.   

During calls with business leaders in the last several months, the senator ensured a representative from the U.S. Small Business Association was on the line to help answer questions — in real time — about the CARES Act, Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), and other federal support for businesses. 


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