BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Congressman Filemon Vela and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Angela Burton held a webinar on Wednesday to discuss the $2.2 trillion CARES Act.

The webinar was hosted by the Rio Grande Valley Partnership. Its president, Sergio Contreras, moderated the discussion.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides emergency assistance for individuals, families and businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

It was the third stimulus bill passed by Congress in response to the pandemic. It was signed into law by President Trump on March 27.

Unprecedented in size and scope,the legislation was the largest-ever economic stimulus package in U.S. history, amounting to ten percent of total U.S. gross domestic product.

Congressman Vela said adults with a social security number that are up to date with their taxes could start receiving a one-time emergency relief check for $1,200 within the next week. 

Burton, district director for the Lower Rio Grande Valley District Office of the SBA, said: “Things have rolled out very rapidly.

Tune in to the attached one-hour podcast to hear a detailed discussion on the CARES Act and how the SBA is helping small businesses cope with a downturn in economic activity caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Funding for clinics

U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela. (Photo Credit: Roll Call)

Also Wednesday, Congressman Vela announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration, had awarded over $4.8 million in funding to four health clinics in South Texas.  

The Brownsville Community Health Clinic received $1,139,135, Community Action Corporation of South Texas received $867,650, Su Clinica Familiar received $1,367,465 and Nuestra Clinica del Valle received $1,502,405.  

These grants are part of a $1.3 billion fund in the CARES Act.

“As South Texas continues to see the number of COVID-19 cases rise, these funds will be critical in providing our community health centers with much needed support to combat this global pandemic and work to assist impacted patients,” Vela said.

“I understand that Congress will have to do more to get our health care workers the equipment and support they need, and the diagnostic testing required to ensure we treat and protect as many South Texans as possible.  I know we will get through these difficult times if we continue to listen to our public health experts, stay at home and support and help our community.”

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above news story shows Angels Burton, district director for the Lower Rio Grande Valley District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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