Rep. Delgado: $3 trillion Heroes Act can’t leave anyone behind

The House is expected to vote on $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill Friday called the Heroes Act.

News 12 Staff

May 14, 2020, 9:44 PM

Updated 1,469 days ago

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Rep. Delgado: $3 trillion Heroes Act can’t leave anyone behind
The House is expected to vote on $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill Friday called the Heroes Act.
A part of the bill includes funding for small communities, including hard-hit Wappingers Falls.
"The Village of Wappingers Falls has gone through tough times with a building collapse, fires," says Wappingers Falls Mayor Matt Alexander.
The struggling village even submitted a video to HGTV for a chance to have the small town restored., shortly after it suffered another financial burn from the coronavirus.
"We're one of the three communities in Dutchess County that had the highest number of infections," says Alexander.
It closed nearly the entire commercial industry, making up 40% of its revenue.
"I've heard from folks all across the district from county supervisors to mayors the tax base has been depleted," says Alexander.
The Heroes Act includes many parts like unemployment extensions, student loan forgiveness, hazard pay for front-line workers and direct support for state and local governments.
"It's imperative that we leave nobody behind," says Rep. Antonio Delgado.
The direct support for state and local government was introduced by Delgado after the CARES Act largely left behind his rural district, only funding communities with 500,000 people or more.Delgado says the aim is to help small communities survive the drop in tax revenue so essential services like fire and EMTs don't get cut.
Even if it passes the House Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says it will be dead in the Republican-controlled Senate calling it an "expensive, unserious wish list."
The provisions include allowing states to not require any form of ID for obtaining an absentee ballot, recovery checks for immigrants in the United States illegally and reinstating the SALT-itemized deductions through 2021.
Delgado is hopeful a win in the House may sway minds in the Senate.
“This next coronavirus package must prioritize getting funds to states and local governments and that’s what the Heroes Act is about. Smaller communities across the country are shouldering the response to this pandemic without support from the federal government. I am proud that the Heroes Act includes my bipartisan proposal to ensure every single community across the country, regardless of size can access urgently needed coronavirus funding. States, counties, cities, towns, hamlets, and villages – and a growing group of their representatives irrespective of party affiliation – are uniting around the need for the federal government to step it up. I urge the Senate to heed their calls," says Delgado.
 
 
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