Would 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.
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?
Top Ten Proposals in the HEROES Act
- 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).
- Renters & owners: The Heroes Act puts forth $175 billion dollars to support low-income renters from eviction and homeowners from foreclosure.
- 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.
- Coronavirus testing and tracing: This bill provides 75 billion in funding for the implementation of testing in tracing of the Coronavirus.
- Unemployment benefits: The Heroes Act extends unemployment benefits until January 2021.
- 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.
- Farming subsidies: The bill provides a $100 million for farmers, local food producers, and ranchers.
- Election funding: The bill provides $3.6 billion dollars to secure the upcoming presidential election.
- Government funding: The bill provides roughly $900 billion dollars to support state and local governments.
- 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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