Scott Statement on Passage of Heroes Act 2.0
As originally released by the Committee on Education & Labor
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott released the following statement after the House voted to pass an updated version of the Heroes Act.
“House Democrats first passed the Heroes Act over four months ago because we have the responsibility to help our constituents recover from this global health emergency. Since then, the need has only grown.
“State and local governments are still facing massive budget shortfalls, and without federal support, these shortfalls will slash public education funding and other critical public services. School districts are starting the new academic year without the resources they need to reopen safely, keep their staff on payroll, or operate high quality programs remotely.
“Millions of workers are still unemployed and can no longer access the enhanced unemployment benefits that kept them afloat before they expired in July, and those working during the pandemic are suffering from unsafe working conditions with little protections from COVID-19 infections.
“Economists have told us that, if we don’t spend the money now, the economic downturn will be much worse in the future. The updated Heroes Act offers us another chance to get meaningful relief into the hands of students, educators, workers, and families.”