For updated global info & data on COVID-19, please click HERE.For updated global data & graphs on COVID-19, please click HERE.For COVID-19 cases and death counts in USA by state, please click HERE.For COVID-19 cases in Florida via Florida COVID Action, please click HERE.For COVID-19 cases in Florida, via Florida state government, please click HERE.“What further evidence does any one need that this president didn’t care less about the spread of this virus than to see what he did,” says Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Trump’s RNC speech. “Bringing all those people there, no masks, no distancing, and the rest. He slapped science right in the face.” Aired on 08/31/2020, in the video “‘He Slapped Science Right In The Face’: Pelosi On Trump’s Maskless RNC Crowd, All In, MSNBC“, below:
The HEREOS Act mentioned by Nancy Pelosi in the video above that was stalled by Mitch McConnell is explained in an excerpt from wikipedia, in italics, below:
The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act or HEROES Act (H.R. 6800) is proposed legislation acting as a $3 trillion stimulus package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and is intended to supplement the earlier CARES Act stimulus package. The bill for this Act of Congress was proposed by Representative Nita Lowey of New Yorkon May 12, 2020,and was passed by the United States House of Representatives by a vote of 217-189 on May 15, 2020.StipulationsThe HEROES Act includes about $1.13 trillion of emergency supplemental appropriations to federal agencies, as well as economic assistance to governments at the state, local, tribal, and territorial levels. There would be about $485 billion in safety net spending, including the expansion of unemployment benefits, increased Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, increased funding utilities payments and job training for low-income individuals, and a 25% increase in aid to disabled veterans. There would be about $435 billion for additional rebates, which would include an additional $1200 stimulus check per individual. There would be about $382 billion for health care, which would include reimbursing health care providers for lost revenue, covering the COBRA premium costs for employees laid off between March 2020 and January 2021, increasing funding for testing and contact tracing, eliminatingcost-sharing for coronavirus treatment, and increasing funding for health agencies and centers. Employers would also need to implement infectious disease control panels. There would be about $290 billion to support small businesses and employee retention, with modifications to the Paycheck Protection Program. This wouldexpand employee retention credit, provide credits for employer expenses, extend and expand paid leave (such as paid sick days,family and medical leave), and provide a 90% income credit for self-employed individuals. There would be about $290 billion to reduce income taxes and $191 billion for student loan relief and funding for higher education. There would be about $202 billion for housing-related costs and expenses, including the establishment of a emergency rental assistance fund and a homeowner’s assistance fund. Some eviction andforeclosure moratoriums would be expanded as well, being extended for up to another year and expanding the moratorium to cover all renters and homeowners rather than specific cases as previously done in the CARES Act. There would be about $190 billion forhazard pay for essential workers. In addition, there would be $32 billion for communication systems (such as the U.S. Postal Service), $48 billion for pensions andretirement relief, $31 billion for agricultural spending,and $-254 billion for a limited business loss deductions.StatusAfter the bill’s passage in the House, Republicans in the Senate called it “dead on arrival”, saying it was “unrealistic” and a “partisan offering”.Some progressives also threatened to vote against the bill prior to its passage, saying it did not go far enough, and that any payments to citizens needed to be recurring, additional payroll support for businesses needed to be included, business liability protections had to be limited, as well as that any aid to businesses needed to be targeted more at small- and medium-sized enterprises rather than larger corporations.On July 24, 2020 (two months following the passage of the HEROES Act), SenateMajority LeaderMitch McConnell said that he hoped a package could be agreed on “in the next few weeks”, with Treasury SecretarySteve Mnuchin saying that there was a “fundamental agreement” on a $1 trillion package, which would include the $1200 stimulus checks, as well payroll tax cuts wanted by some Republicans, and that relief checks would be available by August 2020.On July 27, 2020, McConnell announced the proposal of the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act, a smaller $1 trillion dollar package. The HEALS Act includes increased funding for schools and higher learning institutions, as well as hospitals. The HEALS Act would not provide additional funding for state and local governments short on tax revenue due to shutdowns and business closures, and would also reduce expanded unemployment benefits from $600 per week to $200.
To better understand the difference between HEROES Act (about $3 trillion) vs. HEALS Act (about $1 trillion), in the video “Stimulus Package Comparison of Republican HEALS Act vs. Democratic HEROES Act“, below:
In the video “HEROES vs. HEALS Act: How Stimulus Packages Differ Ahead Of Second Coronavirus Relief Aid“, below:
In the video “HEROES Act vs. HEALS Act” by Congressman Rick Larsen, below
In the video “U.S. Representative Details The Difference between the HEROES Act and the HEALS Act“, below:
Adam Sosnick breaks down how the second economic packages that have been presented by the republicans and the democrats, in the video “Difference Between Heroes and Heals ACT“, below:
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