Brady stops by to discuss COVID, voting, Pelosi haircut

Posted 9/8/20

Congressman Kevin Brady visited the Truman Kimbro Convention Center in Madisonville Thursday to discuss a surfeit of topics ranging from potential COVID-19 vaccines to ongoing civil unrest throughout the nation.

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Brady stops by to discuss COVID, voting, Pelosi haircut

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Congressman Kevin Brady visited the Truman Kimbro Convention Center in Madisonville Thursday to discuss a surfeit of topics ranging from potential COVID-19 vaccines to ongoing civil unrest throughout the nation.

“We are making huge progress on treatments for (COVID-19) and on vaccines,” said Brady. “The first bill congress came together and passed once this pandemic hit was a bill that accelerated vaccines and treatments for COVID. Now we are seeing the fruit of that effort.”

Brady referenced a letter sent last week from The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) instructing states and certain major cities to be prepared to begin distributing a vaccine to high-risk groups by late October or early November.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease official, stated a vaccine could potentially be made available if the current trials produce overwhelmingly positive results.

“We have two or three vaccines in the U.S. that are in their third and final phase of trials,” said Brady. “We are not waiting for them. We are manufacturing about 100 million doses of those vaccines, betting they are going to work.”

Brady then praised efforts by congress as well as President Donald Trump in passing over $3.5 trillion in emergency aid to help suffering businesses. He called the assistance unprecedented but highlighted lingering issues for small businesses in the age of the coronavirus.

“We do not need to go on another spending spree at all,” said Brady. “But we do need some targeted help to our small businesses and to those industries, like travel, that are not going to recover anytime soon. And we need to do it for them now, so we do not see any more layoffs of these workers.”

The Congressman touted Trump’s willingness to sign a reasonable cost bill that he said would help the unemployed and send another round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans to small businesses while criticizing U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for her inability to pass appropriate measures in the House.

“(Pelosi) simply refuses to sit down and try to find common ground,” said Brady. “I do not say this lightly, but I am absolutely convinced that (Pelosi) is sabotaging this economy to influence the November election. The worst kept secret in Washington is that a strong economy helps (Trump) and helps Republicans up and down the line.”

Brady went on to poke fun at Pelosi’s highly publicized trip to a San Francisco hair salon Aug. 31, which defied local COVID-19 restrictions and drew mass criticism from conservative lawmakers and pundits.

Pelosi claimed to have been set up by the hair salon and called for the business owner to apologize.

“I may have missed the footage where she was dragged from her car forcibly, had a gown put on her, and was shoved into the beautician’s chair,” said Brady. “I missed that part of the setup. But here’s the point: you cannot have one set of rules for elected officials and another set for the rest. That should have never happened. She was not set up.”

Brady also touched on the national unrest that has consumed the country in recent months in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder by police officers in Minneapolis in May and has continued with the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis. last month, which paralyzed the 29-year-old Black man.

While the response has included countless peaceful protests, which Brady praised and encouraged, certain fringe groups and individuals have taken to rioting and looting throughout the country.

Brady labeled Floyd’s death as a murder, reiterating the same stance he presented to Madisonville citizens at Walker’s Cafe June 22.

“It was wrong, those officers oughta be held accountable and there needs to be justice for the Floyd family and others,” said Brady. “That is not what law enforcement is about. But boy, we have had more than 20 deaths because of all the violence since Floyd’s murder.”

The congressman criticized the mainstream media’s coverage of certain responses and their inability to properly differentiate between peaceful protesting and violent actions, as well as Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden’s statements, which placed the blame for said violence on Trump.

“What (Trump) has said, and I think most Americans agree, is that we need to make sure people have safe communities and safe neighborhoods,” said Brady. “He is standing up for that. I think it is really unfortunate that, in some cities and states, elected leaders are not making sure they have safe neighborhoods and streets.”

Brady also touched on voter registration and the importance of going to the polls for the November election. He mentioned the Texas Democratic Party’s plan to register over a million new voters over the next few weeks and what it could mean in the race for the state’s 38 electoral college votes.

“I think we all know (Trump) won by 800,000 votes (in Texas in 2016), this is a real competition,” said Brady. “That agenda we are seeing on the other side is about as dangerous as I have ever seen.”

He highlighted not only the importance of the Presidential Election but also congressional races throughout the country and local competitions, including U.S. Senator from Texas John Cornyn’s showdown with Democratic challenger M.J. Hegar, along with a number of state senate seats.

Texas Governor Gregg Abbott signed a proclamation last month allowing for an extra week of early voting in Texas. Early voting will begin Oct. 13 and will run until Oct. 30.

The Kimbro Center and the North Zulch Independent School District Administration Building will both be available for early voting, but NZISD will not be open on either Oct. 17 or Oct. 24, the county’s Saturday options.

On election day Nov. 3 citizens can vote at the Kimbro Center, NZISD, the Midway Community Center, Elwood Baptist Church and Sand Prairie Church from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

In order to submit a mail-in ballot in the state of Texas, citizens must be 65 years or older, disabled, out of the county on election day and during the early voting period, or be confined in jail, but otherwise eligible.

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