Legislative Actions

The Trump administration declared a public health emergency in January and several federal agencies have been involved in the U.S. response to the outbreak.

April 22, 2020

TXBIZ TALKS- Hear from U.S. Senator Marco Rubio

TXBIZ's members had the opportunity to hear directly from U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship. Chairman Rubio has been a leading advocate of the SBA Paycheck Protection Program and gave our members an insider update on the passage of the 4th federal COVID-19 legislative response, and the latest on the economy.

Chairman Marco Rubio

March 27, 2020

Background on the Coronavirus Relief Bill

Sen. Cornyn voted for the CARES Act in the Senate on Wednesday, and the House of Representatives will soon pass it and send it to the President’s desk for his signature.   


“With both the physical and economic health of our country in crisis, this bold legislation is our best path forward,” said Sen. Cornyn.

March 25, 2020 

Memorandum | COVID-19 LEGISLATIVE RESPONSES: IMPACT FOR SMALL BUSINESS

As the COVID-19 pandemic shuts down the United States, Congress has seen a flurry of legislative action intended to combat the outbreak and mitigate its impact on the US economy. Several of these efforts would have significant impacts for small businesses who have been disproportionately impacted by the outbreak.

March 18, 2020

Family First Coronavirus Response Act is Signed into Law

The Senate will soon vote on the Families Fist Coronavirus Response Act to help Americans deal with the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. Sen. Cornyn spoke about his support for the bill on the Senate floor earlier today, and below is a summary of its positive impact on Texas.

March 13, 2020

Governor Abbott Declares State of Disaster in Texas

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:

WHEREAS, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been recognized globally as a contagious respiratory virus; and

WHEREAS, as of March 13, 2020, there are more than 30 confirmed cases of COVID-l 9 located in multiple Texas counties; and

March 13, 2020

President Trump Declares National Emergency

Rose Garden

3:30 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much, everyone.  Thank you.  Thank you.

A beautiful day in the Rose Garden.  Appreciate everybody being here.  Today, I’d like to provide an update to the American people on several decisive new actions we’re taking in our very vigilant effort to combat and ultimately defeat the coronavirus.

March 6, 2020

Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act is Signed into Law

H.R. 6074, CORONAVIRUS PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2020

Title-By-Title Summary This $8.3 billion package will fully fund a robust response to coronavirus, including vaccine development, support for state and local governments, and assistance for affected small businesses.

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