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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Harley Rouda (CA-48)

October 1, 2020

Press Release

Legislation Addresses Needs That Have Developed Since May, Reflects Negotiation Efforts

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Harley Rouda (CA-48) voted to pass an updated version of The Heroes Act, securing billions of dollars for Orange County. The final legislation includes Congressman Rouda’s bipartisan bill to prevent youth substance abuse during the coronavirus crisis.

“Orange County working families and small businesses have been struggling to make ends meet for months,” said Rouda. “The updated Heroes Act, much like the original legislation, helps everyday Americans put food on the table and stay open for business. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to pass this common-sense legislation immediately — lives and livelihoods are on the line.”

The updated legislation includes:

  • Strong support for small businesses, by improving the Paycheck Protection Program to serve the smallest businesses and struggling non-profits, providing hard-hit businesses with second loans, and delivering targeted assistance for the struggling restaurant industry and independent live venue operators.
  • Additional assistance for airline industry workers, extending the highly successful Payroll Support Program to keep airline industry workers paid.
  • More funds to bolster education and child care, with $225 billion for education – including $182 billion for K-12 schools and nearly $39 billion for postsecondary education – and $57 billion to support child care for families.
  • Prevents youth substance use, by including Congressman Rouda’s bipartisan bill that would remove financial limitations that could prevent community-led coalitions from operating and saving lives during the pandemic.

The estimated funding breakdown for localities in California’s 48th district are as follows:

  • $13,671,207 in funding for Aliso Viejo
  • $34,992,552 in funding for Costa Mesa
  • $14,735,430 in funding for Fountain Valley
  • $62,501,304 in funding for Garden Grove
  • $52,971,142 in funding for Huntington Beach
  • $5,418,003 in funding for Laguna Beach
  • $17,494,858 in funding for Laguna Niguel
  • $22,526,880 in funding for Newport Beach
  • $862,317,930 in funding for Orange County
  • $176,570,781 in funding for Santa Ana
  • $5,683,825 in funding for Seal Beach City
  • $30,760,408 in funding for Westminster

The text of revised version of The Heroes Act is here. A one-pager on the legislation is here. A section-by-section summary is here. Additional information on the state and local relief provisions is here.