Rep. Susan Davis Announces Support for The Heroes Act
Legislation Provides $47.4 Billion for California, $1.8 billion for San Diego County Over Next Two Years
Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA-53) announced her support for The Heroes Act, House Democrats’ latest legislation to address the continued public health crisis and provide desperately needed support for struggling families and essential workers, with funds for testing and tracing measures, key support for frontline workers, and strengthened assistance for the American people. Rep. Davis also released a new detailed estimate of the direct benefits the Heroes Act would provide to California and the San Diego region.
“Every day I hear stories from my constituents who are frustrated and scared about their economic security,” said Rep. Davis. “Congress cannot take a wait and see approach to the economic and health crisis we are experiencing. We must act for our communities, workers, and frontline heroes. We’ve asked the American people to make great sacrifices to defeat this pandemic. Their government owes them its support.”
The Heroes Act includes two of Davis’s election reform bills - the Universal Right to Vote by Mail Act to end restrictions that about a dozen states have on voting by mail and her legislation to allow voters to track their absentee ballots to ensure they are counted.
The Heroes Act provides state and local governments with robust and desperately needed funding to pay health care workers, police, fire, transportation, EMS, teachers, and other vital workers who keep us safe and are in danger of losing their jobs.
An analysis prepared by the Congressional Research Service estimates that the Heroes Act will provide over the next two years $47.4 billion in state funding for California, including $1.8 billion for San Diego County.
The following cities in California’s 53rd Congressional District would receive funding over the next two years under the Heroes Act:
The Heroes Act also includes a $90 billion fund to support state and local public education, including $10.7 billion for California. This funding will help maintain or restore state and local fiscal support for elementary, secondary and public higher education and can be used to meet a wide range of urgent needs, including summer learning, afterschool programs, distance learning, and emergency financial aid for college students as well as coordination with public health departments to mitigate the spread of disease.
In addition to resources for our state, local, tribal and territorial governments, the Heroes Act provides transformative, far-reaching support to protect the lives and livelihoods of the American people and the life of our democracy.
o Health security – with COBRA subsidies and a special enrollment period in the ACA exchanges for those without insurance.
o Workplace security – requiring OSHA to ensure that all workplaces develop science-based infection control plans and preventing employers from retaliating against workers who report problems.
o Housing security – with $175 billion in new supports to assist renters and homeowners make monthly rent, mortgage, and utility payments, and other housing-related costs.
o Food security – with a 15 percent increase to the maximum SNAP benefit and additional funding for nutrition programs that help families put food on the table.