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IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE 19TH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11

Nineteen years ago our country experienced an unprecedented and deplorable act of terrorism at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. We somberly remember the 2,977 people who lost their lives, their families and the thousands that were injured on that tragic day. On that fateful morning, and in the weeks, months, and years that followed, America demonstrated that when faced with the worst of humanity, we would emerge more unified and stronger in our efforts to combat terrorism and hate.

My thoughts and prayers are with the fallen victims and their families, the brave survivors, and courageous first responders whose bravery and resilience will never be forgotten. The selfless and heroic acts of civilians and first responders on that day and the days that followed exemplify the compassionate American spirit that cannot be broken.

As we remember this tragic event, I pledge to uphold and protect the American values of liberty, justice, freedom, and peace. America will not back down in fear to terror, but instead remain resolute and united in ensuring its defeat. In our darkest hour, we came together as a nation. As we reflect on this somber day, let it also serve as a reminder that the fight continues to ensure our union stands firm and united against hate and terror, and that we should always strive to work together and support one another as we did following that tragic day.

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FUNDING THE COMPLETION OF BROWNSVILLE SOUTH PADRE AIRPORT

This month, I announced that the City of Brownsville was awarded a total of $7,656,421 funds from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP).  I am proud to have worked with the City of Brownsville to secure funds from the FAA to complete the new and enhanced Brownsville South Padre Island Airport.

Federal funds will be used for the final steps of the new terminal, which includes the reconstruction of 20,700 square yards of the existing terminal apron pavement, demolition of the existing terminal and reconstruction and expansion of a section of the air carrier ramp. 

This project has been in the works for some time now and I am excited to hear that with the help of this federal grant, the completion of the new terminal is near. This is a enormous gain for the economy and residents of South Texas and I commend the hard work to those who were involved. 

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DONALD TRUMP KNEW ABOUT THE DANGERS OF COVID-19 AND CHOSE TO HIDE IT FROM THE PUBLIC

I was just as surprised as you when I heard about President Trump’s conversation with Bob Woodward, revealing the President was aware of the deadly nature of the coronavirus early this year and chose to hide it from the public.

Through his actions, the President of the United States of America admitted to mass murder. In his own words, Donald Trump has unveiled the alarming truth that he was fully aware of the deadly nature of the coronavirus but chose to hide the facts and refused to take the threat seriously for purely political reasons. By ignoring the advice and warnings of countless medical doctors and scientists, Trump left our entire country exposed and unprepared. The blood of thousands of Americans are on his hands. 

Because of his betrayal to our nation, more than six million Americans have been infected, 190,000 have died and tens of millions are jobless and at risk of hunger and homelessness. All of this pain could have been avoided, but President Trump chose politics over lives. The growing horrifying toll of Trump’s deadly disinformation and negligence deepens the pain for grieving families and those suffering most from our failing economy.

Donald Trump has failed the American people and the nearly 200,000 Americans that lost their lives to this deadly virus.

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SIGN UP TO BE A POLL WORKER TODAY

Our nation is facing a severe shortage of poll workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Poll workers play a vital role in ensuring our elections run smoothly on Election Day and everyone’s vote is counted. If you are able, I encourage you to sign up to be a poll worker this November. Many jurisdictions provide a stipend to poll workers for their time. 

To sign up to be a poll worker in your community, visit PowerthePolls.org.

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DON’T FORGET TO COMPLETE YOUR 2020 CENSUS

On average, South Texas will miss out on about $15,000 per individual that does not complete the 2020 Census.  

Multiply that number by tens of thousands of potentially uncounted South Texas residents, and suddenly the number jumps into the tens if not hundreds of millions in unclaimed federal dollars for our communities. 

That’s money we lose to fund our children’s schools, repair our highways, and take care of our elderly. The Census is important and only takes 10 minutes to complete. Please, if you haven’t already, complete the questionnaire today at 2020census.gov

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Sincerely,

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Filemon Vela
Member of Congress

 

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