10.01.20

Rep. Takano Statement on House Passage of Updated Heroes Act

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement following the passage of the updated Heroes Act.

“For months, my colleagues and I have been working to deliver on our commitment to providing relief to millions of people while responding to the health and economic catastrophe caused by COVID-19. Today, I voted in support of the updated Heroes Act, a $2.2 trillion COVID-19 relief package that builds on this commitment to protect lives, livelihoods, and the life of our democracy.

“As we continue to navigate these uncertain times, the pressing needs of the American people continue to grow. In Riverside County and across the country, families are struggling to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads. In March, the CARES Act provided most individuals with direct cash payments of $1200, but the reality is that a one-time payment seven months ago is simply not enough. The updated Heroes Act provides a second round of direct payments of $1200 per taxpayer and $500 per dependent, which is a lifeline for many.

“The updated Heroes Act includes support for small businesses by improving the Paycheck Protection Program introduced in the CARES Act to serve the smallest, hardest-hit businesses and struggling non-profits. It also restores weekly $600 federal unemployment payments through next January, extending a crucial safety net for the record number of Americans who are unemployed, including those connected to the gig-economy. 

“By now, most students have already returned to school – some in person, some online. As our schools and teachers adapt to the challenges posed by distanced learning, they need resources to ensure that our students continue to receive a quality education. As a former public school teacher for 24 years, I’m glad that the updated Heroes Act includes $225 billion for both K-12 schools and postsecondary education. 

“The Heroes Act is meant to honor our heroes – the countless essential workers serving on the frontlines of this pandemic to keep us healthy and keep our country safe. At a time when much of the country was able to work remotely, first responders and health care workers continued to show up and get the job done, often in dangerous working conditions. The updated Heroes Act provides funding to state, local, territorial, and tribal governments so that these workers can be supported while they support our communities.

“The updated Heroes Act is a bold piece of legislation that will fund many aspects of our country as we continue to fight this deadly disease. I urge the Senate to act quickly. The American people cannot wait any longer.”

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