Lakewood, Colo. – U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) issued the following statement after voting in support of H.R. 6800, the Heroes Act, the fourth major federal relief package addressing the COVID-19 crisis:
“With the passage of the Heroes Act, the House continues its work to combat COVID-19, stabilize our economy, and support families, workers, small businesses, and state and local governments as they respond to this unprecedented crisis. The impact of this virus and the blow to our economy is massive, and Congress’ response must confront this challenge head on. These relief packages are significant, but are only a fraction of the losses we’ve suffered and continue to suffer around the country.
“This package continues needed investments in PPE for those on the front lines and improves our testing capability so communities can reopen safely. It also makes important improvements to programs providing a lifeline to families and small businesses and provides further direct payments to individuals to help pay for rent, utilities and food.
“In addition, the Heroes Act provides significant funding for local and municipal governments as well as a bill I introduced to provide $500 billion in funding for state governments, at the recommendation of both Republican and Democratic governors. This critical funding will ensure our cities and states can respond to this crisis, backfill lost revenue, and avoid harmful cuts to frontline workers such as first responders, teachers, and public health workers. Specifically, this means more than $9.8 billion for the state of Colorado and an estimated $903 million for the 7th Congressional District.
“The inclusion of the SAFE Banking Act in the package is important for Colorado’s cannabis industry and its workers. This industry was deemed essential during this crisis even as they face an increased public safety and public health risk. The SAFE Banking Act, which already passed the U.S. House in a broad bipartisan vote, will provide some financial relief to businesses and their workers during this time and support good-paying jobs in communities across the country.
“I urge my colleagues in the Senate to act swiftly to continue our federal response to this pandemic and ensure families, small businesses, frontline workers, and communities receive the support they need during this crisis.”
Perlmutter’s Work on Behalf of Colorado During the COVID-19 Emergency
Perlmutter previously introduced the Coronavirus Relief for States Act to provide $500 billion in flexible funding for states, an amount requested by the National Governor’s Association and supported by Colorado Governor Jared Polis. The Heroes Act includes several other key priorities of Rep. Perlmutter’s including hazard pay for frontline workers and the Relief for Small Businesses and Nonprofits Act to support for nonprofits and small businesses against debt collection during the COVID-19 emergency.
In recent weeks, Perlmutter has worked to provide information, resources and assistance to families, communities and businesses across the 7th Congressional District. He has also advocated on several fronts to ensure Colorado and Coloradans have the resources and equipment it needs to respond to the COVID19 outbreak, including:
- Held 9 Telephone Town Halls with constituents and businesses to provide resources and answer questions related to COVID-19
- Letter to House and Senate leadership supporting Higher Education in future relief packages
- Letter to House and Senate leadership supporting additional SNAP funding in future relief packages
- Letter to House and Senate leadership urging support for Colorado’s outdoor recreation industry and investment in public lands
- Letter to House and Senate leadership urging inclusion of LIHEAP funding in future relief packages
- Introduction of legislation to make cannabis businesses eligible for SBA relief programs
- Letters to President Trump urging a 100% federal cost share for FEMA assistance
- Letter to SBA Administration urging support for Colorado’s ski industry and call for more flexibility in the lookback window for PPP which was ultimately granted by the SBA
- Letter to HHS and FDA urging them to speed up the evaluation and approval for a COVID-19 vaccine
- Letter to Treasury urging revised guidance for state and local governments under the CARES Act
- Letter to the Federal Reserve urging changes to the Main Street Lending Facility and the Municipal Liquidity Facility
- Letter with Rep. Jason Crow to House leadership urging inclusion of 501(c)6 organizations in future SBA relief programs
- Letter to NIOSH and NPPTL requesting expedited review of PPE being developed at universities in Colorado
- Letter to student loan servicers urging them to ease the financial burden on borrowers
- Letter to SBA on implementation of the CARES Act
- Letter to Treasury and DOL urging comprehensive guidance for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program
- Letter to President Trump to approve additional authorities and funding for the CO National Guard
- Letter to congressional leadership advocating for increased funding for childcare in future relief package
- Letter to SBA urging quick approval of disaster loans and disaster grants
- Letter to OMB urging relief for research universities
- Letter to FEMA urging guidance for national emergency
- Letter to HHS urging quick release of equipment and supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile
- Letter to CDC and HHS urging quick approval of grant applications