Coronavirus

A COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by the U.S. company Moderna and the National Institutes of Health starts its final phase of testing. It’s one of a handful of candidates to reach this stage.
America can be the world leader in innovation if we focus on economic growth and making the U.S. medically independent. We have an agenda for a healthy American economy, and it starts with bringing manufacturing back to the...
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One of my favorite clients is asking me to urge lawmakers not to extend the $600 weekly federal unemployment bonus. 
Yesterday on the Senate floor, I discussed the importance of the feedback I received from Texans during the State Work Period as I return to the Senate to push for the next coronavirus relief legislation.
During the last several months, our child care providers have been faced with financial hardship while being asked to change how they operate. Congress must provide sufficient funding to ensure child care providers remain...
School districts won't lose state funding if they stick with virtual classes this fall because a local health authority has mandated that classrooms remain closed.
I addressed hospital capacity amid the COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday calling the health care system “over prepared” as the spike in cases continues.
I joined CNBC’s “Squawk Box” to talk about last week’s encouraging jobs report, how we can continue to support local businesses, and helping workers return to work safely.
ICYMI, I joined KPRC's Khambrel Marshall on Houston Newsmakers to discuss Texas' response to COVID-19, the need to get unemployed American back to work, and what Republicans are doing to enact meaningful police...
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Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and I sent a letter today to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar and Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Pete Gaynor urging them to continue the...
I released the following information about the new COVID-19 relief bill – the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection, and Schools (HEALS) Act – announced by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-...
As the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on our economy, Texas’ small businesses are bearing a tremendous financial burden. The EIDL program has helped many businesses keep their doors open during the pandemic, and this...
Yesterday on the floor, I discussed my amendment to restore semiconductor manufacturing back to American soil, which passed this afternoon as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. Excerpts of my remarks...
Earlier this month, the Department of Labor announced that the economy added an astounding 4.8 million jobs in the month of June, shattering economists’ expectations.  This was the largest monthly jobs gain in the history of...
Yesterday, I joined KTRH news to discuss the next round of stimulus legislation, how the Paycheck Protection Program is supporting Texas workers, and how Texas is correctly addressing a spike in cases. 
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, health systems throughout the Rio Grande Valley have expertly prepared to adapt and respond to South Texans’ needs. Unfortunately, with recent surges in COVID-19 cases over the past...
This legislation is a prime example of Speaker Pelosi's governing motto, 'never let a good crisis go to waste.'  It exploits the Coronavirus crisis to force government-controlled health care on the American people and...
Hoping to block Gov. Greg Abbott’s Friday decision ordering Texas bars to close due to a rise in coronavirus cases, more than 30 bar owners filed a lawsuit Monday challenging Abbott’s emergency order.
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Before they even read the JUSTICE Act, however, Democrats began criticizing the bill, thus showing that they are far more focused on the politics surrounding this issue rather than getting actual reforms passed into law....
With cases of the coronavirus surging to record levels in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott recommended Tuesday that Texans stay home as much as possible and for the first time moved to allow the tightening of two kinds of...

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