Rep. Maloney Demands Action on the Heroes Act, Marks 100 Days Since House Passage

Aug 24, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) this week again called on Senate Republicans to provide much need COVID-19 relief, decrying Mitch McConnell’s failure to act for more than 100 days. The House passed the Heroes Act, a comprehensive COVID-19 relief bill, on May 15, 2020.
 
“We are facing the worst economic and health crisis in our nation’s history and Senate Republicans are refusing to provide even the bare minimum of assistance to keep people in their homes, food on their tables, and children and teachers safe in school. As New Yorkers, we have seen the devasting health and economic impacts of the coronavirus crisis. As infection rates spike across the country, President Trump and Senate Republicans are failing at their first and most basic duty – to keep Americans safe. We need a comprehensive bill that not only provides much need economic relief to Americans, but also supports a testing, tracing, and treatment program that will allow us to open up safely. We need a vote on the Heroes Act now – in fact, we needed it on May 16,” said Congresswoman Maloney.
 

Background

The Heroes Act:

  • Ensures access to COVID-19 treatments and vaccines for all by allocating over $75 billion for federal funding for vaccine development and mandating that private health insurance providers and federal healthcare programs fully cover COVID-19 treatment and vaccines with no cost-sharing.
  • Provides strong support for our heroes with nearly $1 trillion for state, local, territorial and tribal governments on the frontlines who desperately need funds to pay the health care workers, police, fire, transportation, EMS, teachers and other vital workers who keep us safe and are in danger of losing their jobs.  The Heroes Act will also establish a $200 billion Heroes’ fund to ensure that essential workers receive hazard pay. 
  • Puts money into people’s pockets with a second round of direct payments to families up to $6,000 per household, new payroll protection measures to keep 60 million workers connected with their jobs and extending weekly $600 federal unemployment payments through next January.
  • Ensures further support for Americans, including for:
    • Housing relief – with $175 billion in new supports to assist renters and homeowners make monthly rent, mortgage and utility payments and other housing-related costs.
    • Food assistance – with a 15 percent increase to the maximum SNAP benefit and additional funding for nutrition programs that help families put food on the table.
    • Health security – with COBRA subsidies and a special enrollment period in the ACA exchanges for those without insurance.
    • Workplace security – requiring OSHA to ensure that all workplaces develop science-based infection control plans and preventing employers from retaliating against workers who report problems.
  • Supports small businesses by strengthening the Payroll Protection Program to ensure that it reaches underserved communities, nonprofits of all sizes and types and responds flexibly to small businesses by providing $10 billion for Covid-19 emergency grants through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.
  • Support for schools, students, teachers and families, with billions in urgently-needed funding that experts say is needed to ensure that schools have the resources to safely reopen, whether with virtual, hybrid or in-person instruction, so that children can learn and parents can get back to work.
  • Protects the life of our democracy with new resources to ensure safe elections, an accurate Census, and preserve the Postal Service.

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