Lowey Leads House Passage of Heroes Act, Historic COVID-19 Relief to Deliver more than $100 Billion for New Yorkers

May 15, 2020
Press Release

House Spending Package Provides Clear Strategy for Coronavirus Disease Testing and Tracing, Support for Heroes, Relief for Individuals and Families, and State and Local Investments

Estimated $66.64 Billion for New York State, County, and Local Governments –$1.3 Billion for NY-17 Counties and Municipalities

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, led the House’s passage of H.R. 6800, the Heroes Act, a $3 trillion emergency package to bolster coronavirus testing and tracing, support frontline workers and health care providers, and help New Yorkers recover from the sweeping economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“More than 86,000 Americans, and 27,000 New Yorkers, have died as a result of the coronavirus,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “The number of unemployed workers across our country rivals that of the Great Depression. If these facts alone aren’t enough for Republicans to join Democrats in providing relief for American families, I don’t know what is. The Heroes Act is bold legislation that rises to meet this unprecedented crisis. Without these additional investments in testing and treatment, relief for our essential workers, and support for New York’s state and local governments we cannot safeguard our families and begin the process of recovery.”

The Heroes Act provides real support to save lives and help New Yorkers recover from COVID-19. Among the more than estimated $100 billion for New Yorkers is a hazard pay fund for essential employees who have continued working at their own risk through this crisis in health care and other professions, an extension of unemployment insurance benefits to January 31, 2021, significant investments in testing and tracing and funding for our health care providers, and a repeal of the cap on the state and local tax deduction for federal taxes—often called SALT– that could save 45% of the taxpayers NY’s 17th Congressional District alone an average of $26,000. This legislation also includes a program Congresswoman Lowey created to provide an estimated $67 billion in critical New York State, county, and local government coronavirus relief funds. More information on the direct benefits New Yorkers would receive from The Heroes Act can be found here.

Congresswoman Lowey’s remarks delivered on the House Floor in support of The Heroes Act can be seen here.

The legislation follows the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted on March 27; the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, enacted on March 18; the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act enacted on March 6; and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act enacted on April 24.

The text of the bill, H.R. 6800– The Heroes Act, is here. A one pager on the legislation is here. A section-by-section summary is here. A resource on the state and local relief provisions is here.