The Heroes Act

May. 15, 2020 | H.R. 6800

On April 16, the AFL-CIO called on Congress to take immediate action to protect workers and their families from the worsening COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, we called on Congress to embrace “America’s Five Economic Essentials” as the centerpiece of its response by (1) protecting and expanding health insurance for all workers; (2) keeping front line workers safe and secure; (3) keeping workers employed and protecting earned pension checks; (4) keeping state and local governments, public schools and the USPS solvent and working; and (5) hiring people to strengthen our infrastructure. The House responded by passing the HEROES Act, which addressed almost all of our recommendations. It required OSHA to issue an emergency workplace infectious disease standard. It gave critical aid to state and local governments, public schools and the U.S. Postal Service. It provided relief for multiemployer pension plans. It included a 100% subsidy to continue health coverage for laid-off workers. It provided a framework for helping employers keep workers on payroll, and it extended unemployment benefits through the end of the year, including an extra $600 a week for those who are out of work through no fault of their own. It included more direct payments to working people. It ensured free treatment for health care related to COVID-19. It earmarked billions of dollars to protect our elections. And it provided relief for renters and homeowners and additional food assistance. This bill passed the House on May 15, 2020.

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Vote result: Passed

YEAs: 208
NAYs: 199

Legislator Sort descending State District Party Vote
Rep. Ralph Abraham
5 Republican No
Rep. Alma Adams
12 Democrat Yes
Rep. Robert B. Aderholt
4 Republican No
Rep. Pete Aguilar
33 Democrat Yes
Rep. Rick Allen
12 Republican No
Rep. Colin Allred
32 Democrat Yes
Rep. Justin Amash
3 Independent Independent No
Rep. Mark Amodei
2 Republican No
Rep. Kelly Armstrong
At Large Republican No
Rep. Jodey Arrington
19 Republican No
Rep. Cynthia Axne
3 Democrat No
Rep. Brian Babin
36 Republican No
Rep. Don Bacon
2 Republican No
Rep. James Baird
4 Republican No
Rep. Troy Balderson
12 Republican No
Rep. Jim Banks
3 Republican No
Rep. Andy Barr
6 Republican No
Rep. Nanette Barragán
44 Democrat Yes
Rep. Karen Bass
37 Democrat Yes
Rep. Joyce Beatty
3 Democrat Yes