September 28, 2020

Congressman Neguse Priorities in updated Heroes Act

House Democrats announced today an updated version of the HEROES Act, which include many priorities advocated by Congressman Neguse. 

Washington D.C.—Congressman Joe Neguse announced today several of the priorities for which he has been adovcating have been included in concept in the updated Heroes Act. Among these are funding for state and local governments, SNAP funding, ensuring Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance forgiveness, and preserving and protecting the United States Postal Service among other items. As a member of House leadership, Congressman Neguse was able to advocate for Colorado workers and families, as well as for the state and local governments who are facing massive budget deficits due to the Covid pandemic. Among the priorities that Congressman Neguse had proposed are:

  • Funding for state and local governments. The updated Heroes Act includes $436 billion dollars to help maintain essential services and close budget gaps.
  • Excluding the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance when determining loan forgiveness for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This ensures that those business owners who received PPP funds will not have their loan forgiveness reduced by their EIDL Advance. 
  • 15% increase in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) funding, which had been a top priority for Congressman Neguse in previous funding packages. As part of the increased funding, farmers and producers will also receive important additional assistance.
  • $15 billion in funding for the United States Postal Service, which is critical to maintain services and operations that Americans rely on. Congressman Neguse originally introduced funding for the USPS in March at the start of the pandemic.
  • A federal prohibition on price gouging.
  • Ensuring COVID-19 medical debt cannot be reported on future credit checks.
  • The removal of a 20% state grant matching requirement for election assistance funds authorized through the CARES Act/
  • $5 billion in Emergency Solutions Grants to help prevent homelessness and to assist those families that are unhoused.

The updated Heroes Act includes provisions that are important to all Coloradans, including $3.59 billion dollars in support to the state.