Tonko Delivers in COVID-19 Crisis Response Bill
New House-passed relief bill includes Tonko-led measures to support hospitals, expand mental health research and treatment, insulate public health research & information from political interference and deliver $1.3 billion for Capital Region
“These first-responders and essential workers have kept our communities going under challenging circumstances, and they need to know we have their backs. Our legislation delivers that assurance and puts our region and nation on a more solid footing to weather this storm.”
WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko voted with the majority of House members tonight to pass The Heroes Act, new COVID-19 crisis relief legislation that includes several major legislative achievements resulting directly from Rep. Tonko’s work on the bill as well as more than $1.3 billion in crisis-response aid to New York’s Capital Region. His efforts respond in large part to a profound sense of urgency expressed eloquently and repeatedly by essential workers in his home district.
“My colleagues and I have moved quickly to respond to this crisis once more, marshaling needed assistance to help our communities manage the challenging circumstances they now face including significant funding to scale up testing and treatment, support small businesses, workers and families, and in particular get needed aid directly to local officials to make sure we can keep our firefighters, teachers, nurses and other essential workers on the job at this critical time,” said Tonko. “These first-responders and essential workers have kept our communities going under challenging circumstances, and they need to know we have their backs. Our legislation delivers that assurance and puts our region and nation on a more solid footing to weather this storm.”
Some of the signature Tonko measures in the bill include:
The Heroes Act also includes a number of vital provisions to help America’s struggling families and communities. Among other things, the Heroes Act:
House passage of the Heroes Act sends it to the Senate for review.
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