H.R. 6800 HEROS Act

potatoesH.R. 6800 Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act or the HEROES Act

CRS Summary:

This bill responds to the COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) outbreak and its impact on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses.

Among other things, the bill

  1. provides FY2020 emergency supplemental appropriations to federal agencies;
  2. provides payments and other assistance to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments;
  3. provides additional direct payments of up to $1,200 per individual;
    expands paid sick days, family and medical leave, unemployment compensation, nutrition and food assistance programs, housing assistance, and payments to farmers;
  4. modifies and expands the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides loans and grants to small businesses and nonprofit organizations;
  5. establishes a fund to award grants for employers to provide pandemic premium pay for essential workers;
  6. expands several tax credits and deductions;
  7. provides funding and establishes requirements for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing;
  8. eliminates cost-sharing for COVID-19 treatments;
  9. extends and expands the moratorium on certain evictions and foreclosures;
  10. and requires employers to develop and implement infectious disease exposure control plans.

The bill also modifies or expands a wide range of other programs and policies, including those regarding

  1. Medicare and Medicaid,
  2. health insurance,
  3. broadband service,
  4. medical product supplies,
  5. immigration,
  6. student loans and financial aid,
  7. the federal workforce,
  8. prisons,
  9. veterans benefits,
  10. consumer protection requirements,
  11. the U.S. Postal Service,
  12. federal elections,
  13. aviation and railroad workers,
  14. andpension and retirement plans.

Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) objects giving these reasons:

  1. Allows illegal immigrants to receive a stimulus check.
  2. Opens the Paycheck Protection Program to the payrolls of 501c4 dark money political groups, lobbyists, and professional sports teams.
  3. Includes election provisions to enhance democratic partisan advantages.
  4. Lets wealthy people who make money from dividends and royalties claim the earned income tax credit, which is an anti-poverty provision.
  5. Shields illegal immigrants from deportation.
  6.  Addresses marijuana issues unrelated to the COVID-19 situation.
  7.  Orders the release of federal prisoners into the community who have asthma, diabetes, or are over 50.
  8. Repeals the SALT cap in 2020 and 2021, which benefits wealthy taxpayers and is obviously unrelated to the COVID-19 crisis.
  9. Restricts Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) activities.
  10. Provides millions for the National Endowment for the Arts.
  11. Provides millions for the bio-surveillance of wildlife.
  12. Provides millions for environmental justice grants.

Even if Reed’s objections were valid, most aren’t important enough to be reflected in the CRS summary. Relief for those who lost employer health insurance, for state and local government, and those who are short of food are all good. Extended unemployment benefits and support for testing, tracing, and treatment are needed. Partisan posturing should not obscure the big picture.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6800

 

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2 Responses to H.R. 6800 HEROS Act

  1. Richelieu says:

    This is how Democrats wind up going down the rabbit hole It’s also why I tried to start a discussion a couple of weeks ago as to what Republicans believe.Simply, Republicans believe in the rich.

    Republicans have been sending money to the rich for many many years. They continued with the so-called tax cuts and jobs act and the first few coronavirus stimulus bills. They send money to the rich that they steal from the middle and lower classes.

    That is why Reed opposes the bill. It takes from the rich and gives it to others.

    That is the ONLY reason Reed opposes it. All of the other reasons he gives are given simply to muddy the waters in service of his unstated reason and it is pointless to discuss them.

    One needs to ask Reed what he has against NY State and local governments that he opposes funds for state government (and health departments, and police. and firefighters. and schools. and infrastructure).

    Why shouldn’t NYS be funded as quickly and as fully as his gazillionaire rich friends were? Why does Reed oppose badly needed aid to NYS government? THAT’s the only question needing to be discussed.

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  2. Athos says:

    one other thing….
    The failure of the federal government will hugely and negatively impact schools, fire departments (disclosure: I am a volunteer fireman) police, roads, health departments.

    Reed is in favor of NOT supporting those entities.

    Why does Reed enjoy the support of constituents who depend on those organizations?
    Are his supporters stupid? Or are they ignorant? Or do they simply not want public schools, public fire departments, public health departments, code officers…and so on?

    state, local, town and county budgets are being worked on now. People will learn.

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