May 15, 2020

House Passes $3 Trillion Heroes Act to Provide Additional Relief for Families, Essential Workers and Local Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) voted to pass the Heroes Act (H.R. 6800), which provides another $3 trillion in emergency stabilization funds for families, essential and frontline workers,  and local communities.

“This is a public health and economic crisis like no other this nation has faced,” Rep. Lawson said. “We cannot pause now while so many families in our communities are struggling. Many of our frontline heroes are even at risk of losing their jobs as they risk their lives to care for us.  The Heroes Act provides $1 trillion toward assisting our front-line heroes by providing grants to state, cities and counties to pay first responders and health care workers, and keep teachers from losing their jobs.  And, it provides funding to ensure that families are able to keep roofs over their heads and food on their tables.”

 

The Heroes Act: 

  • Establishes a $200 billion Heroes’ fund to ensure that essential workers across the country receive hazard pay.  
  • Commits $75 billion for coronavirus testing, contact tracing and isolation measures, ensuring every American can access free coronavirus treatment. 
  • Provides direct payments of $1,200 per family member, up to $6,000 per household. 
  • Extends the weekly $600 federal unemployment payments through January 2021.
  • Provides safeguards to ensure that the Payroll Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program that Congress passed reaches underserved communities and nonprofits of all sizes.
  • Provides another $10 billion for COVID-19 small business emergency grants.
  • Includes $175 billion to help renters and homeowners make monthly rent, mortgage and utility payments.
  • Increases SNAP funding by $10 billion, and allows a 15 percent increase to the maximum SNAP benefit.
  • Adds $90 billion in support for K-12 schools and public higher education.
  • $25 billion to ensure that the U.S. Postal Service can continue to provide essential services. 
  • Provides $10,000 in student loan debt cancellation for distressed borrowers, and extends the deferment of federal student loan payments through September 30, 2021.

 

The legislation follows the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act enacted on April 24; the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted on March 27; the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, enacted on March 18; and the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act enacted on March 6.