美國新冠疫情日記05/16/2020 Coronavirus Diary
HEROES Act Passes In Congress
Congress yesterday passed H.R. 6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solution (HEROES) Act. This is the fifth tranche of coronavirus relief which will help to defeat the coronavirus in the United States by providing funding for state, local and tribal governments as well as for essential workers, small business, food, security and housing assistance.
This bill will now be sent to the Senate, but the Republican-controlled Senate will not grant approval immediately.
We strongly urge the Senate to act on this bill as soon as possible, mainly because we need to help more than thirty million people now out of a job. Local governments have also been hard hit by this national emergency. The suffering has also caused a dramatic decrease in sales tax revenue.
We are now witnessing long lines waiting to get tested for the coronavirus as well as long food lines. The HEROES Act also contains provisions for testing and tracing as well as for food assistance.
We are also facing the worst economic downturn in modern history. We need to lend a hand to our neighbors and our friends and try to donate whatever we can to the Food Bank.
As Congressman Al Green has said, we must continue to work across the political aisle and in both chambers of Congress until we have stopped the spread of COVID-19, decreased fatalities, flattened the curve and restored our economy.