Allred Statement on House Passage of Heroes Act

May 15, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Colin Allred (TX-32), released the following statement after the House passed the Heroes Act. The bipartisan bill makes a significant investment to increase testing, tracing and treatment, and provides substantial financial relief to state and local governments. 

“To safely reopen, we need a coordinated, comprehensive plan to protect our public health,” said Allred. “In the fight to beat this virus, we must work together, and this bill is an important step in that fight. As North Texas continues to face record positive cases, action is needed. I will keep working to dramatically ramp up testing, tracing and treatment, deliver economic relief to North Texans and support our local governments.”

The Heroes Act:

  • Commits another $75 billion for the testing, tracing and treatment in order to have a science-based path to safely reopen our country and help ensure that every American can access free coronavirus treatment.
  • Creates new State and Local Coronavirus Relief Funds to help first responders, frontline health workers, transit employees, teachers, and other workers providing vital services. 
    • Funds can be used for COVID-related expenses, to replace foregone revenues not projected on January 31, 2020, or to respond to negative economic impacts of COVID. Funds are available until expended, providing flexibility over the next several years. 
    • This includes $500 billion over time for states and $375 billion over time for local governments. 
    • Click here for a fact sheet on state and local resources provided in the bill. 
  • Includes Allred’s Aid and Attendance Support Act. The bill will increase by 25 percent the amount paid to disabled veterans to assist with their daily activities to help cover new COVID-19 related expenses for 60 days, including purchasing personal protective equipment for veterans and their caregivers.
  • Provides economic relief to Americans through direct payments and payroll protections, extends unemployment benefits, strengthens safety rules for frontline workers and extends relief in the Payroll Protection Program at the Small Business Administration.
    Protects Americans at risk of losing their employer-provided health insurance by fully subsidizing the cost of their COBRA coverage and furloughed workers’ premiums, in order to allow workers to maintain their employer-sponsored coverage if they lose employment, have their hours reduced, or are furloughed as a result of the pandemic. 
  • Provides $150 million for states to establish and deploy strike teams to help nursing homes manage outbreaks of coronavirus and assist with clinical care, infection control, and staffing.
  • Provides $25 billion to preserve the Postal Service, which plays a key role in supporting our economy. Additionally, the bill provides $3.6 billion to ensure that elections can be held safely in 2020.