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

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Washington, May 14, 2020 | comments

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:

  • San Diego - $880 million

  • Chula Vista - $175 million

  • Lemon Grove - $13 million

  • El Cajon - $97 million

  • La Mesa - $32 million

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.

  • Provides strong support for our heroes by establishing a $200 billion Heroes’ fund to ensure that essential workers across the country receive hazard pay.  

  • Commits another $75 billion for the testing, tracing, and treatment we need in order to have a science-based path to safely reopen our country and helping ensure that every American can access free coronavirus treatment.

  • Puts money in the pockets of workers with a second round of direct payments to families up to $6,000 per household, new payroll protection measures to keep 60 million workers connected with their jobs, and extending weekly $600 federal unemployment payments through next January.

  • Supports small businesses by strengthening the Payroll Protection Program to ensure that it reaches underserved communities, nonprofits of all sizes and types, and responds flexibly to small businesses by providing $10 billion for COVID-19 emergency grants through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.

  • Ensures further support for Californians and all Americans, including for:

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.  

  • Protects the life of our democracy with new resources to ensure safe elections, an accurate Census, and preserve the Postal Service. 

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