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Friday, October 07, 2022

Dallas Morning News: Can Congress Pass Commonsense Law?

Most of what we hear about Washington these days is just how useless it is, and the reputation is well earned.

We are in an era when political power and autocratic ideology have become far more important to prominent politicians than actually passing laws that can be helpful to the American people.

But there is a more nuanced side to the story. Important things still happen in Washington, and many members of Congress actually want to do something for their country rather than their political party.

One of those pieces of legislation that deserves a little attention is a bill recently introduced by Sen. John Cornyn and a Democratic aide that rose through the unanimous body. The bill would give states more flexibility in how they spend money to the federal government than provided under the CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan.

Billions of dollars went unused because states did not have enough space to invest money that was meant for pandemic relief.



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Under Bill Cornyn, co-sponsored with Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Calif., eligible government entities can spend more than $10 million or 30% of their unspent relief funds on infrastructure, disaster relief, housing, community development and other matters .

In Texas, that amount is $9.6 billion, which can be redirected to projects that can lift communities. In California, it’s $14.5 billion.

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