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Sen. Cornyn sees CARES Act relief first-hand

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

On Tuesday, Senator John Cornyn saw what the historic cares act made possible in Lubbock, first-hand.

"Getting the chance to come see it here today and what you are all doing to help lead the nation's fight against this coronavirus is pretty inspiring," the senator said.

Cornyn admits the 2-trillion dollar relief package was bold and expensive, but worth it.

Providing necessary economic support directly to citizens, local governments, hospitals and universities.

"In WWII  we knew we had to beat Nazi Germany and Japan. We didn't worry about the cost, we worried about that later," Sen. Cornyn said.

About $27.5 million in federal aid went to Texas Tech University. 

"About half of which, went to support more than 21,000 students," President Lawrence Schovenac explained.

Meanwhile, $6.2 million was distributed to TTUHSC, funding COVID testing, research and telehealth programs.

An effort,  they have already been one step ahead, having launched its strategic plan to expand telehealth a year before the pandemic.


The senator met with Dr. Ron Cook, Lubbock Health Authority, to discuss telemedicine

"We know that we are able to impact not just telehealthcare here in West Texas, but across the world,"  President Lori Rice-Spearman said.

Congress has continued to stall in passing more coronavirus relief, but when asked about current negotiations, Senator Cornyn says he has a good feeling.

"I  am actually more optimistic now, than I have been in a few weeks. I was on a conference call with Secretary Mnuchin and the Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and I think we see a path forward," he said.

He also explained, why he thinks it has taken so long to get more federally-funded relief.

"Unfortunately the closer we get to this election, it becomes more political, something we've been able to avoid in the previous bills," he said.

The senator said that Democrats are eying adding legislation to the next relief package for the United States Postal Service and the GOP wants more money for small businesses and direct payments.

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