Congressman Kildee Applauds Passage of The Heroes Act
Bipartisan Legislation Includes Kildee Bills to Expand Unemployment Insurance, Provide Additional Economic Relief for Michigan’s Working Families
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing The Heroes Act to help respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I applaud the U.S. House of Representatives for passing The Heroes Act,” Congressman Kildee said. “The American people deserve a coordinated, fully-funded and whole-of-government response to keep them and their loved ones safe. Now that the House has acted, the Senate must consider this important legislation. Doing nothing is not an option, as Michigan families, seniors and small businesses continue to deal with this pandemic. Congress has the responsibility to make sure that families, seniors, students, veterans and small businesses have the resources they need to get through this unprecedented crisis.”
The Heroes Act, which was supported by Republican and Democratic Members of Congress, includes a number of key policies Congressman Kildee has advocated for, including additional direct payments to families and seniors, expanding unemployment insurance, increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) , and funding to prevent water shutoffs. More information on provisions in the bill, and those championed by Congressman Kildee, are below:
- Puts money in the pockets of workers with a second round of direct payments to families, up to $6,000 per household, as well as extended unemployment insurance benefits. These provisions were included from Congressman Kildee’s Strengthening Unemployment Insurance for Coronavirus Impacted Workers and Students Act.
- Provides strong support for our heroes with nearly $1 trillion for state, local, territorial and tribal governments who desperately need funds to pay the health care workers, police, fire, transportation, EMS, teachers and other vital workers who keep us safe. The Heroes Act will also establish a $200 billion Heroes’ fund to ensure that essential workers receive hazard pay.
- Supports Families and Children, expands eligibility and size of the EITC and CTC, Congressman Kildee introduced H.R. 3157, the Working Families Tax Relief Act to expand the EITC and the CTC that have already been successful and effective at lifting many American families out of poverty, helping to grow the middle class and put money in the pockets of working people.
- Increased Testing: another $75 billion for the testing, tracing and treatment we need in order to have a science-based path to safely reopen our country.
- 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.
- Protects the life of our democracy with new resources to ensure safe elections, an accurate Census, and preserve the Postal Service.
- Prevents Water Shutoffs: $1.5 billion for consumers to have affordable water in their homes to prevent shutoffs. On March 11, Congressman Kildee wrote a letter to House Leadership asking for funding be included to prevent water shutoffs.
- Ensures further support for Americans, including for:
- Health security – with COBRA subsidies and a special enrollment period in the Affordable Care Act exchanges for those without insurance.
- Workplace security – requiring the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration 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 Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit and additional funding for nutrition programs that help families put food on the table.