H.R.6800 – The HEROES Act
The House passed (208-199) H.R.6800, a $3 trillion-plus coronavirus aid bill, combining aid to state and local governments with direct cash payments, expanded unemployment insurance, nationwide testing and contact tracing systems, and health insurance subsidies. The bill comes after Congress has already spent $3 trillion in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Key components of the bill include:
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD): “Madam Speaker, to date, more than 85,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, and that number continues to grow. More than 36 million Americans have applied for unemployment insurance over the past eight weeks, which is more than one in every five American workers. Madam Speaker, this is the legislation the American people expect from their representatives during this crisis. It is a bold response to an unprecedented challenge.
“So far, we have demonstrated unity in the face of this pandemic when it comes to enacting necessary legislation, and I hope Republicans will join us to display such unity again today. In the Heroes Act, we can say in one voice to the American people: ‘we’re in this together.’
Congressman Tom Rice (R-SC): "I voted “no” to the HEROES Act. You see, as is often the case in Washington, the title “Heroes Act” is but a euphemism to distract you from the substance of the 1,800 page liberal grab bag. This bill is a cynical attempt to use this crisis to advance the liberal agenda on the backs of suffering Americans to the tune of over $3,000,000,000,000!!!"
It is my hope that in the coming days we can have a bipartisan focus on what will actually serve the American people. Instead of focusing on policies that are not related to a pandemic, we should be focused on policy that stimulates the economy, provides a payroll tax holiday, and an infrastructure plan. I’m hopeful that Democrats will set aside the extreme political interests and work across the aisle with Republicans to provide the support American families and workers actually need.”
Should the Senate pass the H.R.6800, “HEROES Act” a more than $3 trillion coronavirus aid package?