June 28, 2020

Vice President Mike Pence Travels to Dallas, Texas as the Trump Administration Works with States to Defeat the Coronavirus and Re-Open Safely

Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Dallas, Texas to deliver remarks at the Celebrate Freedom Rally at the First Baptist Church and to participate in a briefing with Texas Governor Greg Abbott about the coronavirus.

Under President Trump's leadership, the United States has acted swiftly and decisively to combat the spread of the coronavirus while preserving our nation's record prosperity. In Texas alone, President Trump's actions through the Paycheck Protection Program have saved nearly 2.8 million jobs at nearly 361,000 businesses. The Trump Administration has also distributed more than $21.6 billion in Economic Impact Payments to more than 12 million Texans, protecting livelihoods and families. The Vice President touted the Trump Administration's ability to contain the coronavirus and save lives while also protecting jobs and businesses. President Trump is committed to working with state governments to defeat the silent enemy and stimulate the Great American Comeback.

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Texas by the numbers:

  • President Trump has delivered huge results for Texas during the coronavirus pandemic through the CARES Act and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
  • The CARES Act is providing $11.2 billion in aid to Texas.
  • The PPP has provided more than $40 billion in loans to nearly 361,000 Texas businesses.
  • The third round of PPP is protecting nearly 2.8 million Texas jobs.
  • Over 12 million Texans have received Economic Impact Payments, totaling to more than $21.6 billion in aid.
  • On March 25: President Trump approved a coronavirus-related Major Disaster Declaration for Texas.
  • On April 2: President Trump announced that the federal government will be establishing a coronavirus hospital in Texas and Louisiana.
  • On April 8: President Trump announced that a Project Airbridge shipment of protective gowns landed in Dallas.
  • On April 20: The VA announced it acquired a 470,000 square foot facility in Texas to help provide overflow bed capacity to treat coronavirus cases, which will eventually serve as an outpatient and specialty care clinic for veterans.
  • On April 21: The USDA announced Texas had been added to the SNAP online program, allowing Texans on food stamps to purchase food online.
  • On April 21: CMS increased hospital capacity in Texas by allowing independent emergency rooms to provide care to Medicare and Medicaid patients during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • ​On April 21: Governor Abbott tweeted his thanks to President Trump for working to help the oil and gas industry suffering during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • On May 2: Governor Abbott tweeted that he worked with Vice President Pence and other government officials to prepare for a flare up of coronavirus from meat packing plants in Amarillo, Texas.
  • On May 22: FEMA supported the White House Task Force’s Testing Initiative in Texas and had supplied 224,800 swabs and 165,300 units of media.
  • On June 5: FEMA has provided $516.7 million in federal support to Texas to combat the coronavirus.
  • On June 5: FEMA has delivered millions of critical supplies to Texas including 1.3 million N-95 respirators, 2.2 million gloves, 390,647 face shields, and 1.7 million surgical masks.
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