Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Marc Veasey (33rd District of Texas)
Headline: Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33) Passes Updated Version of The Heroes Act
Oct 1, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33) joined his colleagues to pass an updated version of the Heroes Act—legislation that addresses the critical needs that have developed since the House passed an earlier iteration of the bill that protects the lives and livelihoods of the American people amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.
“We cannot pause while the lives and livelihoods of Texas families, workers, businesses and industries critical to North Texas are struggling,” Congressman Marc Veasey said. “Texans cannot wait until next year for action—that is why I joined my colleagues to pass the original Heroes Act months ago, and why I have joined my colleagues to pass this necessary relief that will help airline workers, ramp up testing, expand unemployment benefits and help our small businesses weather this crisis. I urge leaders in the Senate and Administration to pass this legislation immediately to ensure Americans can get through these unprecedented times.”
To address needs that have arisen since the House first acted, the $2.2 trillion legislation passed today includes strong support for small businesses, improving the Paycheck Protection Program and delivering targeted assistance to restaurants, nonprofits, and event venues; additional assistance for airline industry workers; and more funds to bolster education and child care.
In addition, the updated Heroes Act maintains key priorities from the legislation that passed the House in May. To that end, among its many provisions, the legislation provides strong support for our heroes on the frontlines with robust funding for state and local governments; invests in testing, tracing, and treatment; and puts more money directly in the pockets of workers and families through additional direct payments to cushion the economic blow of the coronavirus.
The updated Heroes Act is the House’s sixth piece of comprehensive legislation to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The legislation follows the first iteration of The Heroes Act, which passed the House on May 15; the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, enacted on April 24; the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted on March 27; the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, enacted on March 18; and the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act enacted on March 6.