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Courtney Statement on Updated Version of the HEROES Act

September 29, 2020
Press Release

NORWICH, CT – Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) endorsed the updated HEROES Act, which was introduced in the House of Representatives yesterday evening night to address the ongoing health and economic crisis brought on by COVID-19. The $2.2 trillion measure is a scaled down version of the HEROES Act that the House passed on May 15th, 137 days ago, but which the Senate has failed to consider.

“The updated HEROES Act is a good faith effort to kick-start bipartisan negotiations after more than 130 days, and to find some common ground on a much-needed relief package,” said Rep. Courtney. “The new HEROES Act preserves several key relief components, such as funding for states and local municipalities, individual payments to American workers and families who are feeling the economic pressure of the pandemic, support for small businesses and restaurants, and critical help for hospitals, testing, and vaccine development. COVID-19 has caused serious economic distress for thousands in eastern Connecticut, and there are hundreds of local jobs and services that are on the chopping block as our towns face unprecedented budget shortfalls: from our police officers and fire fighters, to health care workers and teachers, and more. President Trump and his allies in Congress have got to step up to help our hurting communities, and the updated HEROES Act would provide real relief.”

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