Gov Abbott Signs Senate Bill 8, Allocating Federal American Rescue Plan Act Funding

On November 8 Governor Abbott signed Senate Bill 8, Allocating Federal American Rescue Plan Act Funding. Senate Bill 8 allocates federal funding that was awarded to Texas and addresses the needs of Texans and the business community as we continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Included in Senate Bill 8 is: 

  • $7.2 billion to the unemployment compensation fund to pay outstanding advances and to bring the balance of the fund to the statuary floor 
  • $500 million for broadband infrastructure  
  • $180 million for tourism, travel, and the hospitality industry recovery 
  • $160 million to address the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) shortfall affecting Crime Victims Assistance grants 
  • $378.3 million for critical staffing needs of frontline workers  
  • $75 million in support for rural hospitals affected by COVID-19 
  • $113 million to support operations and expansion of mental health services for Texas children and families 
  • $35 million to upgrade Texas State Veteran Homes 
  • $95 million for supplemental funding to food banks in response to COVID-19 

For more information, contact Cacie Madrid, VP of Public Policy at or by phone at (210) 229-2161. 

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