Laredo, TX-Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced his support for The Heroes Act, the latest legislation to address the continued public health crisis and provides desperately needed relief for struggling families and essential workers. This critical legislation provides $3 trillion in funds for testing and tracing measures, key support for frontline workers, and strengthened assistance for the American people. Congressman Cuellar also released a new detailed estimate of the direct benefits that the Heroes Act will provide Texas and local communities. “Our communities, workers, and families urgently need relief to weather the coronavirus crisis,” said Congressman Cuellar. “Many of our frontline heroes are even at risk of losing their jobs as they risk their lives to care for our community. We must come together to pass the Heroes Act to protect Texas families and ensure all our frontline heroes have the support they need to continue to save lives. As a senior Appropriator, I am committed to fighting for the necessary resources and funding that will protect the health of our communities and honor the service of our nation’s heroes.” The Heroes Act provides the State of Texas and local communities on the frontlines of this crisis with robust, desperately needed funding to cover coronavirus-related outlays and revenue loss. This vital funding can be used for essential services such as paying our health care workers, police, fire, transportation, EMS, teachers and other vital workers who keep us safe and are currently in danger of losing their jobs. An analysis prepared by the Congressional Research Service estimates that the Heroes Act will provide $3,5422,000,000 in state funding for the people of Texas in addition to urgently needed funding for TX-28 communities:
- Atascosa County – $28,767,206 over two years;
- Bexar County – $1,124,751,456 over two years;
- Hidalgo County – $488,539,731 over two years;
- La Salle County – $4,229,065 over two years;
- McMullen County – $417,845 over two years;
- Starr County – $36,348,030 over two years;
- Webb County – $155,582,370 over two years;
- Wilson County – $28,720,528 over two years;
- Zapata County – $7,973,925 over two years.
The Heroes Act also includes a $90 billion fund to support state and local public education, including $9,242,958,000 for Texas communities. This funding will help maintain or restore state and local fiscal support for elementary, secondary and public higher education that can be used to meet a wide range of urgent needs, including summer learning, afterschool programs, distance learning, and emergency financial aid for college students as well as coordination with public health departments to mitigate the spread of disease.