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Legislation For the People: 

The Updated Heroes Act

Last week, I joined 214 of my colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in passing the Updated Heroes Act, which provides an additional $2.2 trillion in relief for Americans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

It has been nearly five months since the House of Representatives passed the Heroes Act, providing a $3 trillion lifeline to American families and businesses. Unfortunately, Majority Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans have refused to consider the legislation. Since that time, thousands more Americans have died from this deadly virus and millions remain unemployed. This legislation is critically important to help Americans who are deeply suffering due to the pandemic. I strongly urge my Senate colleagues and the President to move forward with a bipartisan compromise for the sake of the American people and economy.

The updated Heroes Act would provide much needed assistance to families, businesses, our schools and frontline health care workers.  Additionally, funds are provided to ensure we have the necessary testing and contact tracing, as well as funds to assist in the preparation and distribution of a safe and effective vaccine once it has been approved.   

The text of the revised version of The Heroes Act can be found here. A one-pager on the legislation can be found here



President Trump Tests Positive for COVID-19

I wish President Trump, First Lady Melania, and those around him a speedy recovery following their tragic positive diagnosis of COVID-19 this past week.

Though I hope the President makes a full recovery, I also hope this serves as a wake-up call for him and his aides. COVID-19 does not care about politics, race, gender or religion.  We are all vulnerable to this virus, and it is no hoax.

Moving forward, I hope the President shows the leadership desperately needed to defeat this deadly virus once and for all. Enough with the lies, disinformation, and downplaying the importance of basic public health measures such as wearing a mask.  Over 7 million Americans have been infected and more than 200,000 have died from the coronavirus.

No more lives should be lost to this disease.



Early Voting in Texas Starts Next Week

Election Day is less than a month away! While Tuesday, November 3, 2020, is the official election day, you can begin voting in Texas as early as October 13th! The right to vote is a fundamental right in our democracy. When you vote, you are taking an active role in deciding issues regarding taxes, health care, jobs, education, social security and much more. If you have registered, the early voting period in Texas runs from Tuesday, October 13, 2020 to Friday, October 30, 2020. Dates and hours may vary depending on where you live. You can vote early by mail or in person. For additional information on the early voting process please click here.



Fill Out The Census Today!

Don’t delay, respond today! An accurate 2020 Census count is critical to ensuring the prudent, fair allocation of federal resources to our state and local communities for the next decade. These resources will provide critical support for economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and with emergency preparedness in response to natural disaster zones. Our community has been particularly impacted by these events and the Census is a fundamental way to ensure we receive adequate and equitable assistance.

Completing the 2020 Census is a secure process and is one of the easiest ways you can have a say in your future. The Census determines how the federal government spends more than $1.5 billion every year, including money for roads, schools, and hospitals. Everyone, including you, deserves to be heard and to receive the rights and resources we all need.

Remember YOU COUNT! The easiest way to be counted is by phone at 844-330-2020 or online at





Filemon Vela
Member of Congress

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