House Passes New $2.2 Trillion Stimulus
(Washington, D.C.) – Last night, Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ) voted in favor of a new $2.2 trillion stimulus package, the updated Heroes Act, which passed the House by a vote of 214-207.
“With the recent release of the September jobs report, it is clear our economy is still actively hurting from the COVID-19 public health emergency,” Stated Rep. Sires. “7.9% of Americans are still unemployed, over 800,000 Americans filed for unemployment insurance for the first time, and there are still over 10 million fewer jobs than before the pandemic hit. Amidst this clear hardship, Senate Republicans and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have refused to have serious, good-faith negotiations on a stimulus package that would benefit Americans. Last night, the House took much needed action and passed an updated version of the Heroes Act, to provide some much-needed relief to our economy and the American people.”
This crucial piece of legislation benefits all corners of our economy and society and would relieve much of the economic pressure that has been put on ordinary Americans since the start of this public health emergency. The bill includes a new round of funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), helping small businesses secure loans to keep their operations and payrolls running. It also authorizes a second round of $1,200 direct payments and the $600 unemployment insurance benefit that has been imperative for so many hard-working Americans. Also included is $436 billion in aid for state and local governments so that our frontline essential workers can continue getting paid the fair wages they deserve. Further, there is $225 billion in funding for education, to keep our schools running during these difficult times, and $57 billion in funds for childcare, which is critical to keep our essential workforce moving and to keep our children safe.
Additionally, the updated Heroes Act includes $75 billion in funding to improve our COVID-19 testing and contact tracing infrastructure and provides billions in housing assistance to ensure Americans across the country can keep up with their rent and mortgage payments during these trying times. The bill also extends and provides more funding for the Payroll Support Program (PSP) helping to keep our many airline workers on payroll and employed. Funds are also included for a 15% increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to ensure that no American goes hungry during this pandemic, as well as billions more in funding to secure our elections, guarantee an accurate census count, and preserve the postal service.
“All of the measures from this legislation are vital to keeping our economy and the American people safe and moving. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to stop playing political games with the health and economic well-being of the American people and pass this relief bill immediately.”