On May 15, the House of Representatives passed the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act (HR 6800), the fourth phase of federal coronavirus response legislation. The package directs more than $3 trillion to state and local governments, health systems, and a wide range of progressive initiatives. While the bill itself is nearly 2,000 pages, you can find highlights from our Capitol Hill Updates here and a section-by-section breakdown here.
Importantly, the legislation includes many of NCJW’s priorities to protect women, children, and families — especially the Black people disproportionately infected and killed by the virus — including provisions:
- Funding coronavirus testing, contact tracing, and disease research;
- Funding safe and accessible elections in 2020;
- Extending cash payments to immigrant families and Medicaid coverage for testing, treatment, vaccines, and other services regardless of immigration status;
- Expanding who can used paid family and medical leave and when it can be used;
- Boosting SNAP benefits and funding for local food banks and school meal providers; and
- Funding initiatives to combat violence against women and to assist sexual assault victims.
Now the Senate has introduced a package of bills that would fail to meet the needs of women, children, and families and all who are most impacted by the coronavirus and resulting economic recession. Urge your senators to instead take up the HEROES Act to address the immediate public health emergency; to support families and workers; to ensure fair and safe elections; and to prepare for a successful recovery.