Norton Pushes for Senate Passage of the Heroes Act, which Provides Equal Funding for D.C.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) released a statement today on the four-month anniversary of House passage of the Heroes Act, which contains $755 million owed to the District of Columbia and other measures vital to D.C. The Heroes Act, Democrats' sweeping fifth coronavirus response bill, was passed by the House on May 15, 2020.
"Republicans need to come to the table with real solutions for the continuing coronavirus health and economic crisis, as residents run out of vital benefits. It has been four months since the House passed the Heroes Act, which includes provisions vital to the District of Columbia, such as state-, city-, and county-level fiscal relief for the District; $755 million in retroactive funding to fix D.C.'s treatment as a territory instead of a state in the CARES Act for fiscal relief; and authorization for D.C. to participate in the Federal Reserve's Municipal Liquidity Facility.
"Estimates suggest that the Heroes Act would provide D.C. this year with $1.5 billion at the state level, $740 million at the city level, and $264 million at the county level for fiscal relief, for a total of $2.5 billion, to address the coronavirus health and economic crisis. In addition to the D.C. provisions, the Heroes Act contains many priorities I pressed for, including hazard pay for workers who risk their lives serving us, additional direct payments of $1,200 per family member, extended unemployment assistance, increased housing assistance, and a 15 percent increase in the maximum SNAP benefit.
"Democrats' listened closely to the American people whose suffering mounts during this crisis, and responded accordingly with the Heroes Act, a people-first coronavirus relief package. Before the September 30th end of the fiscal year, Republican's must start listening to the people, not their party, by coming to the negotiating table to pass relief for the American people."