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Sens. Cruz, Cornyn Urge the President to Support Gov. Abbott’s Disaster Declaration Request

If granted, the declaration would allow FEMA to provide personal protective equipment (PPE), medical and testing supplies, medical response personnel, and hospital beds for Texans.

03.25.2020
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Brady on Fox Business: “I think the design of this bill really tackles the economic challenges”

Ways and Means Republican Leader Kevin Brady (R-TX) joined Stuart Varney on Fox Business to talk about the federal response to the novel coronavirus.

03.24.2020
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Brady Supports President’s Decision to Give Taxpayers the Option to Extend Tax Filings to July 15

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced President Trump’s decision to move the deadline for tax filing to July 15. Taxpayers can still file their taxes and seek a refund now.

03.23.2020
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Rep. Cuellar’s Statement on the U.S.-Mexico Border Closing to Non-Essential Travel

The U.S.-Mexico border will close to non-essential travel to limit the spread of coronavirus. “Non-essential travel” includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature.

03.23.2020
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Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Increasing Hospital Capacity, Announces Supply Chain Strike Force For COVID-19 Response

Governor Greg Abbott signed an Executive Order to expand hospital bed capacity as the state responds to the COVID-19 virus.

03.23.2020
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Sen. Cruz Votes in Favor of Second Coronavirus Relief Package

 This bill will provide much-needed relief for the men and women in Texas whoare hurting as a result of this outbreak, including waivers to allow schools to continue serving meals during temporary closure.

03.20.2020
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Rep. Cuellar Calls on the Use of the Defense Production Act Powers Immediately

Henry Cuellar (TX-28) calls on President Trump to immediately use the Defense Production Act to address the widespread shortages of crucial materials during the coronavirus pandemic. . .

03.20.2020
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Olson Joins Houston Colleagues to Issue Bipartisan Joint Statement on COVID-19

The spread of COVID-19 represents a serious and unprecedented threat to the health and safety of our communities

03.20.2020
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Border Patrol Chief Says Criminal Illegal Aliens will No Longer be Returned to 'Sanctuary Cities'

“My job is to protect the United States and to secure the borders, not to get prosecutions. If they'll not give confirmation that they're going to return the individual, then we're not going to turn them over. We’ll prosecute them federally, then deport them. It doesn’t really matter the charge,” said U.S. Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott earlier this week.

03.19.2020
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Brady: Education Secretary DeVos Will Have Testing Waivers for States Available by End of Week 

In response to COVID-19, over 33 states have closed schools and are concerned about looming federal testing requirements.

03.18.2020
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Coronavirus Update-Day 2 of 15

The next few weeks are critical to ensure we flatten the curve and slow the spread of coronavirus in our community.

03.18.2020
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Secretary Mnuchin Defers Tax Payments, Delivers Relief for Taxpayers & Small Businesses

President Trump is allowing “the Treasury Department to defer tax payments, without interest or penalties, for certain individuals and businesses negatively impacted.”

03.18.2020
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Will the CoronaVirus, Oil & Gas Price Declines Impact the Texas State Budget?

“Behind all this is the economic impact of the CoronaVirus, which is still uncertain. We can’t look at the impact of a drop in oil and gas prices on Texas in a vacuum, but the consequences for Texas of the drop in prices will depend on two questions: 1.) How low, and 2.) How long,” says the Texas Taxpayers & Research Association's president Dale Craymer.

03.17.2020
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BREAKING: CDC Grants $35.2 Million Towards Texas COVID-19 Response

CDC Grants $35.2 Million Towards Texas COVID-19 Response

03.17.2020
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To Combat Coronavirus, Sens. Cruz, Cornyn Urge FEMA, SBA to Coordinate with State, Local Officials

“We urge FEMA to work hand-in-hand with state emergency management officials and other state institutions to allocate FEMA resources efficiently and effectively. "

03.17.2020
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COVID-19 Update: Congressman Brady is Taking Action

They spoke about how federal funding will help local response efforts, the need to expand testing capabilities and the timeline on vaccine development. 

03.16.2020
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Sen. Cruz Calls on Administration, Congress, Business Leaders to Take Four Concrete Steps to Combat Coronavirus

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz called on federal officials to take four immediate, concrete steps to detect, treat, and prevent the spread of coronavirus or COVID-19.

03.16.2020
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From the Olson Flight Deck

My colleagues in Congress and I have worked in a bipartisan fashion to provide more than $8 billion in federal resources to fight, prevent and treat coronavirus in the United States.

03.16.2020
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With Coronavirus Concerns Heightened, 328 Chinese Nationals Caught at Southern Border Trying to Enter U.S. Illegally

“We have a unique public health threat posed by individuals arriving unlawfully at the border,” said one administration official. “The American people can be assured we’re doing everything we can to protect our homeland," said acting DHS Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli.

03.11.2020
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 Sen. Cruz Praises Nomination of Trey Trainor to the Federal Election Commission

Throughout his career, Trey has developed immense experience in the issues that he will face as a Federal Election Commissioner.

03.10.2020
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Babin: Coronavirus is a Border Security Issue

Highlight of the potential threat that the coronavirus (COVID-19) could have on America with an unsecured border.

03.10.2020
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State Rep. Hunter: Here's How to Enjoy Spring Break on the Texas Coastal Bend

As Spring Break begins, I'd like to  mention a few points to assist visitors and show the importance of the Texas Coast. Here are some excellent opportunities to participate in and see for more of the great South Texas Culture on the Gulf Coast.

03.09.2020
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UT Galveston's Medical Branch Not Only Working on CoronaVirus Vaccine, They Think They Might Be Close to a Treatment

“We've done a lot of work on two other CoronaViruses that've been epidemic in the near past... So, we’ve been working for several years on a vaccine,” said ​​​​​UT Medical Branch-Galveston's executive director, Dr. Jim Le Duc. The Texas lab's researchers are leading the way on CoronaVirus treatment, and a vaccine that would stop people from getting COVID-19.

03.09.2020
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Sen. Cruz Issues Statement on COVID-19

10 days ago at CPAC I briefly interacted with an individual who is currently symptomatic and has tested positive for COVID-19. That interaction consisted of a brief conversation and a handshake.

03.09.2020
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04.07.2020

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03.30.2020