Dear Colleague to All Members on Consideration of The Heroes Act

May 15, 2020
Press Release

Dear Colleague,

Today, the House will consider The Heroes Act to honor those on the frontlines – our health care, first responders, teachers, transit, food and other essential workers.  Many of them risked their lives to save lives and now they may lose their jobs.  For many of them, that is just what is happening as Governors across country are planning their budgets.  As the coronavirus takes a vicious toll on lives and livelihoods in our country, it has also taken a toll on the ability of states to deliver services to the people.  Governors will be forced to cut services and/or raise taxes.

The Congress of the United States must honor its responsibility to the American people to lessen the blow of the coronavirus by making the serious investment of The Heroes Act to our state, local, tribal and territorial governments.  The plan that we are voting on today will make a tremendous difference not only in the budgets of the states but in the lives of the American people: their public health, the education of our children, the sanitation so important to defeating the virus, with the support of so many essential workers. 

In addition, in defeating the virus, there is no substitute for testing.  The legislation before us today puts forth a strategic plan to test, trace, treat and isolate.  As families are devastated by the loss of life, this legislation places money in the pockets of the American people, which is also a stimulus to our economy.  As Federal Reserve Chairman Powell said, ‘Additional fiscal support could be costly, but worth it if it helps avoid long-term economic damage and leaves us with a stronger recovery.  This tradeoff is one for our elected representatives, who wield powers of taxation and spending.’  As elected representatives, we have the responsibility and the opportunity to ‘Think Big’ and act now For The People. 

Also as we gather, young people across the country are missing the thrill of their in-person graduations.  They are our best hope for the future.  We must give them hope by alleviating the challenge that our country faces to making the future better for them.  I urge our colleagues to consider all of them, their own states and their own constituents as they make a decision today that is so important to our country.

I thank all of you for your careful consideration of The Heroes Act.  It important that we not only praise our Heroes but also support them. 

We always carry those who lost their lives to this virus in our hearts as we pray for their families and pray that God will continue to bless America.