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Sen. John Cornyn weighs in on the COVID-19 crisis

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"I never would have believed you if you told me 2 months ago that I would vote for a $2 trillion bill," Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) said describing the now-historic CARES Act.

In late March, the Senate voted unanimously in favor of the coronavirus stimulus package,  providing Americans with much-needed emergency economic relief.

Senator Cornyn says it was unexpected, but a necessary step.

"This virus is going to teach us a lot of lessons, and it's going to change the way we learn, the way we work, and the way we live in ways, I think, we only have a little glimpse of right now," the third term senator said. 

As the hardships continue for millions of Americans, he says it is unclear exactly what steps the federal government will take next.  

But he says he will not support the HEROES Act, a $3 trillion stimulus package passed in the House of Representatives, when it comes to the senate floor.

He calls it an "ideological wish list." 

"Despite all the work we've done together on a non-partisan basis to try and address the problem," Cornyn said, "it's not going to go anywhere."

The senator assures he has been taking steps to address specific problems created by the pandemic in West Texas. 

"Well, of course I've been talking to the leadership at Texas Tech, and that's one of the key institutions there in Lubbock. Also dealing with some of the Texas Cotton Council, obviously agriculture is an important part of our state economy and demand is way down," Cornyn said.

He announced Tuesday the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program or C-F-A-P is now taking applications from farmers and ranchers.

The program will provide $16 billion in relief for producers who have suffered losses 5% or greater during the pandemic.

"Texans like to be number 1 and everything. Hopefully we are an example for the rest of the county. But one of the smartest things that's been done is to not treat this at a national level it's not one size fits all," Cornyn said.

He expressed support for Governor Abbott's decision to address the crisis on a case-by-case basis, while supporting a gradual re-opening. 

This includes the mandatory testing of nursing homes, now underway.

The senator, remains hopeful about the future and says the U.S. is "racing towards" a cure. 

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