WASHINGTON – Top Appropriations Committee Republican Kay Granger (R-TX) released the following statement after the House passed the CARES Act. 

"Our nation is facing an unprecedented pandemic, and I am proud that Congress has come together again to provide desperately needed resources and relief to the American people.

"The 'Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act' is the third emergency relief bill to provide assistance to millions of Americans, especially for our healthcare workers, first responders, small businesses, and individuals who are unable to work because of this outbreak.

"80% of the $340 billion in emergency appropriations included in the bill goes directly to state and local governments, supporting their frontline efforts to respond to the virus. More than $125 billion will be used to support our hospitals and purchase medical supplies likes gloves, face masks, and gowns and equipment like ventilators and respirators that our healthcare heroes desperately need.

"The bill also provides small businesses with the capital to sustain operations and payroll, preserving the jobs of millions and ensuring that those job creators can reopen immediately once the virus passes. 

"Our around-the-clock efforts to negotiate this bill paid off – we’ve reached a historic bipartisan, bicameral agreement. While there are some things in this bill that I wish were addressed differently, the bill will do what is intended: support the American people, lessen the impact of the virus, and jumpstart our economy.

"As many of you know, Tarrant Country has a 'stay-at-home' order currently in effect, and due to that order and travel concerns, I disappointingly am not in DC to cast my vote in person today. Nevertheless, relief is on its way to the American people. 

"As we continue to fight this invisible enemy, it is vitally important that we remain in it together, follow the recommendations of the President, his task force, and our state and local leaders, and support those that need assistance during this time. The health and safety of our community relies on our partnership.

"As the situation progresses, I will continue to work with President Trump, Governor Abbott, and local leaders to keep our friends and family safe and ensure we WIN against this pandemic."