Representative Price Supports Urgently Needed Relief Package, Heroes Act
Washington DC (May 15, 2020) — Today, Representative David Price (D-NC) released a statement in support of the fourth major coronavirus relief package, H.R. 6800, the Heroes Act. This historic package would provide extensive relief to American families and communities in several key areas.
“Over 36 million Americans filed for unemployment, many small businesses are struggling, and families are concerned about how to put food on the table. Now is not the time turn our backs on Americans in need. We must act swiftly to combat both the economic and health crisis to clear a path for safe reopening,” said Congressman David Price. “We continue to face major hurdles including still limited testing and tracing capacity, inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers, and concerns about the safety of upcoming elections. The Heroes Act responds to these critical needs by extending unemployment insurance, reforming the Paycheck Protection Program and expanding small business grants, bolstering public health initiatives, protecting the Postal Service, increasing much needed support for state and local governments, and providing resources for safe voting.”
“As Chairman of the House Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (T-HUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, I am proud that the Heroes Act builds on the progress we made in CARES to secure our transportation networks, protect frontline workers, and provide resources for urgent housing and community development needs.
“Unfortunately, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to ‘hit pause’ before passing another aid package, but let’s be clear – families can’t hit pause on rent, small business owners can’t hit pause on bills, and we can’t hit pause on testing and tracing. This isn’t a Democratic wish list, it’s a continuation of critical relief, and Americans can’t afford to wait. I urge the Senate and White House to immediately come to the negotiating table. At the same time, I will continue pushing the administration to promptly deliver the aid that has already been appropriated in the CARES Act and other bipartisan legislative packages.”
The Heroes Act includes approximately $155 billion in funding under Chairman Price’s jurisdiction to further our nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including:
- $100 billion for renter assistance
- $15.75 for transit agencies to maintain service and protect frontline workers
- $15 billion for state DOTs to maintain payroll, operations, and continue necessary projects
- $11.5 billion for HUD Emergency Solutions Grants to serve the homeless and other vulnerable populations (North Carolina grantees will receive approximately $94.8 million in the initial $4 billion tranche)
- $5 billion for HUD Community Development Block Grants, which can be used to address a variety of community needs and public services (North Carolina grantees will receive approximately $114.9 million)
- $6 billion to support public housing authorities, including $1 billion for approximately 100,000 new housing vouchers targeted to those at risk of homelessness and survivors of domestic violence
- More than $700 million to support HUD programs that assist the elderly, disabled, and those living with HIV/AIDS
- $100 million for HUD-certified housing counseling organizations, which have been effective at reducing the incidence of eviction and foreclosure
- $14 million to bolster HUD Fair Housing enforcement, outreach, and related activities
A summary of the major provisions in the Heroes Act can be found here.