NEXT COVID RELIEF PACKAGE
Senate Republicans are expected to release their framework for the next COVID-19 relief package soon. This comes after House Democrats passed their COVID-19 relief package more than two months ago and as several programs are set to run out for many hardworking Americans such as extended unemployment insurance and moratoria on housing foreclosures and evictions.
One of my biggest priorities in the next relief package is aid to state and local governments. My bill to provide $500 billion in funding for state governments
was included in the Heroes Act and will ensure 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. Supporting state and local governments – as well as school districts – means supporting many of the frontline workers who are keeping our country running during this public health emergency
- public health workers, EMS workers, teachers, corrections officers, sanitation workers, custodians, and so many more – many of whom are our neighbors, friends and family - but all of us who rely on their critical services.
Time is of the essence. As we continue to see a surge of COVID-19 cases and deaths across the country, it’s time for the Senate and the House to work together to provide desperately needed federal assistance for our communities.
NATIONAL HEROES DAY
This week, I introduced a resolution designating July 20th as “National Heroes Day” to honor the sacrifices of everyday heroes
. The July 20th date is meant to commemorate the Aurora theater shooting which took place on July 20, 2012 in which twelve lives were taken, seventy were wounded and hundreds suffered emotional trauma. Specifically, the resolution was inspired by four men whose lives were taken while shielding others on July 20, 2012: Jonathan Blunk; John Larimer; Matt McQuinn; and Alex Teves.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, however, we’ve seen individuals whose acts of kindness and bravery are helping communities during this time. From helping to care for the elderly, providing critical care for the sick, grocery store workers on the front lines, teachers who continue to engage students in and out of the classroom, and countless others – these are our everyday heroes who are keeping our country running and helping us make it through this difficult time.