By Aiden Buzzetti | DCI
The HEROES Act is a $3 trillion dollar relief bill that follows previous $2 trillion legislation in March
The bill allows for Congressional proxy voting and remote committee work during the pandemic
It is not expected to pass in the Senate
Business Insider, May 15, 2020 - On Friday, the House of Representatives passed the HEROES (Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions) Act, a $3 trillion dollar coronavirus relief bill originally unveiled by House Democrats earlier this week. The HEROES Act spans over 1800 pages and highlights what seems to be the priorities of the Democratic Party for the coming months. The bill covers another round of stimulus checks, nearly a trillion dollars in aid for state, local, and tribal governments, as well as payments for raises and health insurance for workers.
The bill also includes over ten billion dollars for additional small business loans, $4.5 billion for home connectivity and hotspots, and over a $100 billion for educational needs during the pandemic. It’s wide range of issues and spending drew outrage from Republicans and 14 defections from House Democrats in the floor vote.
Aiden Buzzetti is the founder of Voice of Young America and is a student at American University pursuing a degree in Political Science. He is focused on advancing public policy solutions that address issues millennials are most concerned about and is an on-staff writer for the DC Intervention.