McCaul's "Top 5 Things" You Need to Know This Week

1. Why shutting down wildlife markets and banning international wildlife trade could prevent future pandemics.  

"Until we meaningfully crack down on the trade, transport, and consumption of wildlife, and hold those accountable, zoonotic disease outbreaks will continue to threaten Americans and people around the world." 

Click here to read my joint op-ed with Sara Amundson, President of the Humane Society Legislative Fund.

2. Texas is reopening... in phases.  

Today, Gov. Greg Abbott announced he will let Texas' stay-at-home order expire Thursday, April 30. Starting Friday, the first businesses allowed to open their doors at 25 percent capacity will be retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters and malls. I am glad the plan includes a continued effort to quickly increase testing capabilities throughout the state to about 25 thousand tests per day. 

Click here to read the guidelines on how to safely reopen Texas

3. Human Trafficking survivor and Katy, TX native, Courtney Litvak is appointment to the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking 

Last Friday, the White House announced the presidential appointment of Courtney Litvak to the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking.

I could not think of anyone more deserving to be appointed to the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking. As a survivor of human trafficking, Courtney will bring invaluable insight to this council. She is wise beyond her years and has not let her experiences diminish her potential. She places her faith in God and sets an example for us all on perseverance and resiliency. I look forward to working with Courtney in her new role as we continue the fight in ending human trafficking once and for all. Congratulations, Courtney! 

Click here to read more about Courtney's story  

4. The Paycheck Protection Program is up and running again 

After Congress passed last week's appropriations package the Paycheck Protection Program is funded and up and running again. 

If you are a small business owner and having some trouble navigating the system, reach out to my office and we will get you on the right track. Click here to get started on applying for a small business loan. 

Read how the Paycheck Protection Program is helping folks in Texas. 

5. China's Religious Persecution in the Time of Coronavirus 

I spoke with Real Clear Politics about why the U.S. must hold the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) accountable for religiously persecuting its own people.

“This malfeasance is another example of the CCP’s treatment of their own people and reminds us this is the same regime who puts millions of their own citizens in ‘concentration camps’ and uses them for forced labor. The international community cannot let these appalling abuses go unpunished. We must work together to hold the CCP accountable for these egregious human rights violations, especially amid this public health emergency that they exacerbated.” 

Click here to read the full article.


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