Thompson Votes to Pass Heroes Act Legislation boosts state and local governments, invests in relief efforts to help working families

Thompson Votes to Pass Heroes Act Legislation boosts state and local governments, invests in relief efforts to help working families

PRESS RELEASE

Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) voted to pass H.R. 6800, the Heroes Act. This is the fifth Coronavirus relief bill passed by the House since March and includes critical provisions for which Thompson advocated to provide relief for state and local governments, food assistance and to help small businesses keep their lights on. A statement from Thompson is below.

“The Coronavirus pandemic continues to affect every part of our lives and every part of our communities. Congress must continue delivering relief – enhancing the health care systems whose staff are working tirelessly to keep us safe and supporting those working families and small businesses who have been hardest hit by the economic downturn. That’s why today I voted to pass the Heroes Act, the next installment in critical relief from the Federal government.

“The Heroes Act includes several provisions I fought for to help our district, including $1 trillion for state and local governments like ours that are on the tip of the spear in delivering relief. That’s funding for our health care workers, our cops and firefighters, our teachers and so many more. The bill also includes my legislation to help small businesses pay their fixed costs, such as rent, utilities and mortgage payments, assistance that can help them keep the lights on throughout this crisis. This legislation also eliminates the cap on the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction for two years. Finally, the Heroes Act includes the FEED Act, my bill that increases funding for state and local governments to provide nutritious meals to vulnerable populations by partnering with restaurants and small family farmers.

“The Heroes Act is a massive investment of funding from the Federal government, one that I do not take lightly. But it is just that, an investment. It helps ensure our families can feed their children, our small businesses will be there when we can safely visit them again, and our economy can once again thrive.”