New stimulus package includes hazard pay, rent/mortgage assistance and additional $1200 check

A new COVID-19 stimulus bill was proposed by House Democrats on Tuesday. The new bill would include more stimulus payments, help with utility and mortgage payments, and $1 trillion for state and local governments.

The “Heroes Act” totals $3 trillion. This round of checks would include $1200 per family member, up to $6000, along with $175 billion available to go towards rent/mortgage and utility assistance for those affected by the virus.

The bill will likely pass the Democrat-led House, but the Senate will be a much harder victory. Senate Republicans have already pushed back against funding for state and local governments. Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY) does not view the bill as realistic, but more so “aspirational”.

The proposed bill also includes:
$200 billion in hazard pay for essential workers at high-risk during the pandemic
-An extension through January 2021 of the additional $600 unemployment payment (which is currently set to end in July)
$75 billion for coronavirus testing and contact tracing
-Subsidies and special Affordable Healthcare Enrollment opportunities for those who lost employer-covered health insurance during this time
-COBRA subsidies to workers who lost health insurance due to being laid off
-Increase money to the SNAP program by 15%
$10 billion in emergency disaster assistance grants and an employee retention tax credit
-Money for election safety and provision to make mail-in voting easier
-Relief for the US Postal Service

A vote is expected to happen Friday.

Jon Ross Myers

Jon Ross Myers is the executive editor and publisher of the Mississippi News Network, Mississippi's largest digital only media company. He can be reached at editor@tippahnews.com

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  • May 13, 2020 at 4:59 pm
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    This would be a good thing if the people who owe back child support would get they have family’s to cuz my husband owe back child support n we r slowly paying it n they take it from me n my son

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