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HEROES Act Is an Important Step, but the Job Is Not Done

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MAY 15, 2020
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HEROES Act Is an Important Step, but the Job Is Not Done
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan HEROES Act, a crucial coronavirus relief package that puts everyday people ahead of corporations. The bill will do much to help American families weather the current health and economic crisis. Yet despite the bill’s many strong provisions, there is still work to be done.
Tax March Executive Director Maura Quint released the following statement in response:
“The HEROES Act is a solid step toward providing the relief America’s working families need during this crisis. By spearheading this bipartisan bill that puts people ahead of profits, House leadership demonstrates a far clearer understanding of the strain on everyday families than previously seen in the GOP-led, Senate-initiated relief packages.
As the bill moves to the Senate, Republicans must now follow this lead and put the American people ahead of corporations. That means quickly voting on the HEROES Act and rejecting the corporate immunity provisions proposed by the Trump administration and Mitch McConnell, which would leave workers with no recourse against corporations that endanger their lives.
Congress must understand that the job is not done. This bill still falls short on key ‘Dos and Don’ts’ to provide the full relief that American families deserve. It lifts the cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions, which is nothing more than a giveaway to the rich. It also lacks any substantial oversight of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s $500 billion corporate slush fund.
This crisis is one of the greatest that our country, and the world, has ever faced. More than 36 million Americans are now out of work, nearly 1.5 million have been infected by the coronavirus, and more than 85,000 Americans have died. We can weather this storm and emerge from it stronger, but only if we center the American people in our relief efforts, not corporations and the wealthy.”
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