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Mucarsel-Powell Publishes NEW Survey Revealing Strong Support For HEROES Act Provisions

Press Release

Date: July 27, 2020
Location: Washington, DC

Today, U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26) released results of a week-long survey conducted by her office gauging support for critical provisions included in the Heroes Act. This constituent survey was conducted as the end of July approaches and eviction moratoriums and federal unemployment benefits are set to expire.

"My constituents have shared their experiences with me, and their call for extending help from their government is overwhelming," said Mucarsel-Powell. "Hundreds of thousands of my constituents have been saved from financial ruin because of the federal unemployment benefit and eviction moratorium that I fought for, and as COVID surges in South Florida, these lifelines must be extended. Time is of the essence -- Senate Republicans and President Trump must start working with Democrats to help our constituents get through this COVID-related economic crisis."

The survey results from 680 constituents overwhelmingly demonstrated a need for continued federal action on issues across the board. At the time of the survey, respondents strongly supported several policies included in the HEROES Act, which passed the House of Representatives in May. Support was voiced through the survey for an extension of federal unemployment benefits; an extended eviction moratorium; federal assistance for low-and middle-income renters and homeowners; increased federal funding for public education to implement COVID-19 safety procedures; relief funding and payroll protections for essential workers; and a second round of direct payments to families.

Key survey findings:

Over half of respondents have experienced job loss due to COVID-19.
82% of respondents support an extension of federal unemployment benefits, including the additional $600 weekly benefit.
76% of respondents believe their community will face mass eviction and foreclosure rates when the moratorium ends at the end of the month.
83% of respondents support an extended eviction moratorium.
86% of respondents support federal assistance for low- and middle-income renters and homeowners who face evictions and foreclosures as a result of COVID-19.
77% of respondents do not think schools are ready or have the necessary resources or PPE to safely readmit students next month.
86% of respondents support federal funding for public education to implement safety procedures in schools.
86% of respondents believe that frontline first responders, health workers, transit employees, teachers, and other workers deserve relief funding to prevent furloughs and layoffs.
82% of respondents believe that frontline first responders, health workers, transit employees, teachers, and other workers should receive hazard pay.
82% of respondents support aid for state and local governments to keep essential workers on payroll.
86% of respondents support a second round of direct payments to families up to $6,000 per household.
82% of respondents believe workers, regardless of company size, should have guaranteed paid sick and family leave during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To view the full report, click here.

Mucarsel-Powell continues to advocate for the HEROES Act, which includes the following provisions she fought for to benefit the residents of South Florida:

Commits another $75 billion for the testing, tracing and treatment we need in order to have a science-based path to safely reopen our country and helping ensure that every American can access free coronavirus treatment.
Provides strong support for our heroes with nearly $1 trillion for state, local, territorial and tribal governments on the frontlines who desperately need funds to pay the health care workers, police, fire, transportation, EMS, teachers and other vital workers who keep us safe and are in danger of losing their jobs. The Heroes Act will also establish a $200 billion Heroes' fund to ensure that essential workers receive hazard pay. Miami-Dade County would receive over $1.5 billion and Monroe County would be allocated over $41 million through 2021.
Puts money in the pockets of workers with a second round of direct payments to families up to $6,000 per household, new payroll protection measures to keep 60 million workers connected with their jobs and extending weekly $600 federal unemployment payments through next January.
Supports small businesses by strengthening the Payroll Protection Program to ensure that it reaches underserved communities, nonprofits of all sizes and types and responds flexibly to small businesses by providing $10 billion for Covid-19 emergency grants through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.
Ensures further support for Americans, including for:
health security - with COBRA subsidies and a special enrollment period in the ACA exchanges for those without insurance
workplace security -- requiring OSHA to ensure that all workplaces develop science-based infection control plans and preventing employers from retaliating against workers who report problems.
housing security -- with $175 billion in new supports to assist renters and homeowners make monthly rent, mortgage and utility payments and other housing-related costs.
food security -- with a 15 percent increase to the maximum SNAP benefit and additional funding for nutrition programs that help families put food on the table.
Provides rental assistance to help struggling Floridians afford a safe place to live. The bill includes $175 billion in new funding to assist low-income renters and homeowners make monthly rent, mortgage and utility payments and other housing costs.
Creates mobile testing labs and requires HHS to develop a plan to expand testing availability and make testing more accessible, as well as how to implement the testing strategy in a manner that will help to reduce disparities with respect to COVID-19.
Strengthens paid family and sick leave by removing the exemption for employers with over 500 employees, requiring them to provide paid family and sick leave. It provides private sector and public sector employees who have been on the job for at least 30 days with the right to take up to 12 weeks of job-protected paid leave, regardless of the size of their employers.
Extends unemployment insurance for duration of pandemic and includes funding for states to quickly build up their UI systems to address the significant backlog in state unemployment claims.
Provides hazard pay for essential workers who are risking their lives on the frontlines. They will receive $13 per hour of hazard pay on top of their regular wages, to fairly compensate them for keeping our country running during the pandemic.
Establishes safety in the workplace with expanded OSHA regulations to protect health care and other workers at occupational risk of exposure to COVID-19.
Protects the life of our democracy with new resources to ensure safe elections, an accurate Census, and preserve the Postal Service.