Dear Colleague on Updated Heroes Act

September 28, 2020
Press Release

Dear Democratic Colleague,

This evening, Democrats are unveiling an updated Heroes Act that serves as our proffer to Republicans to come to negotiations to address the health and economic catastrophe in our country.  This $2.2 trillion Heroes Act provides the absolutely needed resources to protect lives, livelihoods and the life of our democracy over the coming months.  It includes new funding needed to avert catastrophe for schools, small businesses, restaurants, performance spaces, airline workers and others.

It has been more than four months since House Democrats sent the GOP Senate $3.4 trillion in desperately needed coronavirus relief grounded in science and data, and Leader McConnell hit the pause button.  In our negotiations with the White House since then, Democrats offered to come down a trillion dollars if Republicans would come up a trillion dollars.  Then, we offered to come down $200 billion more, even as the health and economic crisis has worsened and the needs have only grown. 

Democrats are making good on our promise to compromise with this updated bill, which is necessary to address the immediate health and economic crisis facing America's working families right now.  We have been able to make critical additions and reduce the cost of the bill by shortening the time covered for now.

Our updated Heroes Act is a tribute to the tremendous leadership of our Committee Chairs, who once again brought their formidable expertise to assembling a bill that is science, data and evidence-based.  The lead author of the bill, Chairwoman Nita Lowey, provided the attached one-pager on the updated Heroes Act.

Thank you for your leadership.

Stay healthy,