The House of Representatives passed the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act, or the HEROES Act, by a vote of 208-199. 

The bill includes:

  • Frontline workers hazard pay:  The “Heroes’ Fund” of $200 billion would be established for hazard pay to essential workers
  • Funding for COVID-19 testing: $75 billion in funding to ensure Americans have access to free coronavirus testing
  • State and local government assistance:  $500 billion in direct assistance to state governments to in response to the fiscal impacts of the pandemic, $375 billion for local government assistance, $20 billion to tribal governments and $20 billion to U.S. territories
  • Unemployment benefits extension: Extension of Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation – would extend the $600 per week FPUC supplement to state and federal unemployment benefits through January 31, 2021. 
  • Stimulus checks for Americans:  It would include another one-time $1,200 payment for individuals who earn up to $75,000.
  • Election  Security:  $3.6 billion for grants to States for contingency planning, preparation, and resilience of elections for Federal office

Click here to view more details on what is included in the bill.

The next step is the Senate will vote on the bill. 

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