Fourth Coronavirus Legislative Package Introduced in House
Helping Emergency Responders Overcome Emergency Situations (HEROES) Act of 2020
Today, leading House Democrats released the fourth legislative package aimed at combating the Coronavirus and to prop up the economy, the Helping Emergency Responders Overcome Emergency Situations (HEROES) Act of 2020 (H.R. 6800). Republicans have said they would prefer to wait until the $2.2 trillion in spending from the last Coronavirus legislation has been distributed before looking at more legislation. The Trump administration has signaled they would like to evaluate the economic impact of reopening the economy before passing another package.
"Phase Four" proposes spending $3 trillion on:
- $500 billion for state governments.
- $375 billion for local governments.
- $175 billion for testing and other health-related expenses.
- $75 billion in housing assistance.
- $25 billion for the U.S. Postal Service.
- $20 billion for tribal relief.
- $20 billion for relief for territories.
- $10 billion for small businesses.
- $3.6 billion for election security and preparation.
- $1.5 billion to address broadband issues.
The House is scheduled to vote on this legislation Friday. Leader McConnell has not scheduled a vote in the Senate.