The HEROES Act: A 10 Point Summary and Current Status [October Updates]

Written by   (author of Obvious Conclusions)  |  Date Updated: June 17, 2021

the-heroes-act-updatesWould you like to know what The Heroes Act is? I’ll give a concise 10-point summary and the current status of The Heroes Act.

The Heroes Act, which passed the house on Friday May, 15th, is a proposal for a second stimulus package to assist American individuals and businesses during this economic crisis caused by the Coronavirus — get the protective gear you need.

The bill itself, which originally exceeded 1800 pages in length but has recently been revised to be more agreeable to Republicans would provide a second stimulus payment to most Americans and is very similar to the first stimulus check of 2020.

The Republicans were appalled by the Heroes Act while the Democrats were urging its passing through the Senate. In the end, the Senate did absolutely nothing with the original Heroes Act, as Joe Biden mentioned in the final Presidential debate.

The Senate then reconvened on July 20th, 2020, had to get something done within 15 days, and came up with The HEALS Act, which was basically DOA.

As of October 2020, a full 5 months after the original submission of the HEROES ACT, Congress has still not come up with a plan for the American people.  Don’t these people work for us?

Because 1800 pages is quite a bit for the average person to take in, let’s review the top 10 proposals of the Heroes Act.

Top Ten Proposals in the HEROES Act

  1. A payment to all qualifying Americans: Much like the first stimulus check of 2020, the second stimulus payment would be similar in amount and would only apply to qualifying individuals who do not exceed certain earning thresholds (currently set at $99k per year).
  2. Renters & owners: The Heroes Act puts forth $175 billion dollars to support low-income renters from eviction and homeowners from foreclosure.
  3. Student loan forgiveness: The bill will forgive $10,000 in student loans for economically distressed borrowers who are struggling to survive during the coronavirus pandemic.
  4. Coronavirus testing and tracing: This bill provides 75 billion in funding for the implementation of testing in tracing of the Coronavirus.
  5. Unemployment benefits: The Heroes Act extends unemployment benefits until January 2021.
  6. Frontline support: The bill calls for the establishment of a $200 billion heroes fund for those who are working on the front lines in the fight against the Coronavirus.
  7. Farming subsidies: The bill provides a $100 million for farmers, local food producers, and ranchers.
  8. Election funding: The bill provides $3.6 billion dollars to secure the upcoming presidential election.
  9. Government funding: The bill provides roughly $900 billion dollars to support state and local governments.
  10. Postal Service: This bill would provide $25 billion dollars to support the United States Postal Service (who Donald Trump loathes).

So when should you expect your next stimulus check or your rent payments to be forgiven?

That’s unlikely at the moment because the Republican response to the Heroes Act has not been very welcoming. In fact, as mentioned above, their actual word was appalled.

But as Republicans see the appalling, ever-worsening situation of Americans, perhaps they will change their mind and a second stimulus will be on its way courtesy of the latest revision to the HEROES Act.

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Comments 3

  1. mary

    i tend to think that maybe we don’t have to wait for the senate to approve this bill. put them out of office like they put nixon out and for once let them know that there is no room for silly business they are playing with with human life.

  2. debra j hindes

    i thought the government people were supposed to work for the people i dont understand why it is taking them so long to figure out how to help us. obviously they care more about there government place then the people other wise they could have figured it out by now. wisconsin covid has become horrible. but no lets just wait to help people til after the fricken election thats how much they care. people are in need of help right now i was a full time worker and hard worker now i cant even keep food in our house because the company i work for is still at 25% and people are fearing going any where now because covid is taking alot of people here. i cant even make enough to support my home anymore. get off your asses and help us.

  3. Kevin Horn

    My 2 cents – The Democrats and the Republicans agreed in June/July to do a lot of talking about a second round of relief / stimulus checks … They did some public finger pointing – they did some We tried but the evil (insert opposite party here) do not care about the American People …. And once the public back biting , name calling , finger pointing is all done they agreed to make it a non platform issue by not moving on it until after the election. Upon the two parties agreeing to lie to , mislead , misinform etc the American public – they all sat around had dinner together and gave out high fives for how clever they all are.

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