Wednesday, March 10, 2020

Contact: Erin Bozek-Jarvis, 906-362-1738

Texas Republicans Reject Relief for Texas Small Businesses

ARLINGTON, TX - Under the American Recovery Act, Texas is slated to receive $27.263B in targeted aid to help struggling families, small business owners, local and county governments. Today, small business owner, faith leader, and Congressional candidate Lydia Bean praises the passage of the American Recovery Act and calls out Texas Republicans for voting against this transformative legislation. 


“The passage of the American Rescue Plan is good for Texas. Families and small businesses can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that help is finally on the way,” said Bean.  “Unfortunately, Texas leaders let us down, again. Instead of showing up for our communities in the wake of a natural disaster, they went on vacation. Instead of working to secure the funding our communities and small businesses desperately need, they played partisan politics—grandstanding for the cameras while failing Texas families.”

Every member of the Republican delegation from Texas voted against the following: 

For Families:

  • $1400 per person direct payments

  • $1400 per child dependent 

  • $300/week in additional unemployment benefits through Sept. 6

  • Expanded child tax credit 

  • Tax free student loan forgiveness 

  • $4.5B in funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, to help families with heating and cooling costs

For Small Businesses:

  • $15B in Economic Injury Disaster Loans

  • $25B in funding to help bars and restaurants 

  • $7B in new funding for the Paycheck Protection Program 

  • $10B for the Small Business Credit Incentive to help businesses create jobs 

  • $1.25B to support live entertainment venues in the Shuttered Venue Operations Grant Program

  • Establishes the Community Navigator pilot program targeted at helping business in underserved communities get access to COVID relief programs


Lydia Bean is a new mother, small business owner, and community leader who has worked across partisan lines and brought people together to make real change. As the daughter of a teacher and a pastor, Lydia’s parents taught her to stand up for what she believes in. Lydia put that lesson to work when she founded Faith in Texas, a nonprofit organization that brings faith communities together to work toward change in their schools, cities, and state. [Learn more about Lydia HERE]




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