House Passes Legislation Providing Support for Local Governments in Latest Coronavirus Funding Package
(Washington DC) – Today, the House of Representatives passed The Heroes Act, the latest legislation to address the coronavirus health and economic crisis. This bill will provide desperately needed support for struggling families and essential workers, with funds for testing and tracing measures, key support for frontline workers and strengthened assistance for the American people.
Representative Malinowski has been fighting hard to ensure that local governments, regardless of population size, receive the funding they need to cover coronavirus-related expenditures and revenue loss, so they can continue to pay our health care workers, police, fire, transportation, EMS, teachers and other vital workers. The legislation passed today provides nearly $1 trillion for state and local governments. In addition to this, the Heroes Act:
- Provides support for our local heroes by establishing a $200 billion fund to ensure that essential workers across the country receive hazard pay.
- Commits another $75 billion for the testing, tracing and treatment we need in order to have a science-based path to safely reopen the country and helping ensure that every American can access free coronavirus treatment.
- Removes the $10,000 cap on the State and Local Tax deduction for 2020 and 2021.
- Provides a second round of direct payments to families up to $6,000 per household, and new payroll protection measures to keep 60 million workers connected with their jobs.
- Supports small businesses by strengthening the Paycheck 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.
- Ensures further support for New Jerseyans and all Americans, including for:
- 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.
- Housing security – with $175 billion in new supports to assist renters and homeowners make monthly rent, mortgage and utility payments and other housing-related costs.
- Food security – with a 15 percent increase to the maximum SNAP benefit and additional funding for nutrition programs that help families put food on the table.
- Protects our democracy with new resources to ensure safe elections, an accurate Census, and preserve the Postal Service.
- Includes Representative Malinowski’s Providing Protective Equipment (PPE) Act of 2020 that will ensure that the United States has a properly stocked and maintained Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) to combat future health crises.
“Every municipal government in my district will soon be struggling to pay teachers, police officers and firefighters as the economic shutdown cuts into local revenues," said Congressman Malinowski. “This bill will provide the relief our small towns need to get through this crisis, and on the road to recovery. The Senate must take up this legislation immediately.”