Congressional Action During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Connecticut residents and Americans across the country continue to face the daily threat and impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The needs of Americans have only been amplified over the past few months, and you can be sure that as your Representative I am fighting for you here in the Congress.
On October 1, 2020, the House passed a revised version of The Heroes Act, which originally passed in May. This updated bill will meet the urgent needs of the American people with new funding and provisions to bolster and modernize our social safety net for our most vulnerable.
The bill includes:
• $436 billion for state, local, territorial and tribal government assistance to respond to the needs of frontline workers and struggling communities. This includes an estimated $2.2 billion for Connecticut.
• $75 billion for testing and contact tracing efforts with an additional $28 billion for vaccine manufacturing, distribution, and education. Contact tracing, testing, and isolation measures include special consideration for communities of color, who have disproportionately suffered from COVID-19 and the effects of this pandemic.
• $182 billion for K-12 education, $39 billion for post-secondary education, and $57 billion for childcare.
• Additional direct payments of $1,200 and $500 for dependents.
• A 15% increase in SNAP in addition to support for farmers and producers in the food and agricultural industry.
• Necessary improvements to the Child Tax Credit, making it fully refundable to ensuring the lowest income taxpayers can benefit from the provision.
• Restored unemployment insurance – weekly payments of $600 through January.
• A reopened and streamlined Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which includes entertainment and hospitality workers.
• An extension of the Payroll Support Program to assist airline workers across the country.
• Assistance for renters and homeowners to prevent homelessness.
For more information on the bill, please see here.
With the passage of this new, revised version of The Heroes Act, my colleagues and I will continue to urge the Senate to move quickly. Our frontline workers, teachers, farmers, and working families need this support now. It is our duty in the Congress to bring meaningful relief to Americans in such hard times.
As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office by calling 203-562-3718 if you have any questions or concerns about this news or any other matter.