Rep. Schrier Supports House Bill to Provide More Relief to Small Businesses, Families, Schools in Response to Pandemic

October 1, 2020
Press Release
Includes five pieces of legislation introduced by Rep. Schrier

WASHINGTON, DC – Today Congresswoman Kim Schrier, M.D. (WA-08) voted in support of the updated Heroes Act. The updated Heroes Act will provide more financial assistance to small businesses and families, and re-start enhanced unemployment benefits that expired in August.

“The people in my district continue to struggle with the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Rep. Schrier. “Today, we are one step closer to getting the help that our communities need, including more assistance to small businesses, funding for child care and education, enhanced unemployment benefits, PPE for workers, and rental assistance.”

In addition to financial help for small businesses and families, the updated Heroes Act also included several of Rep. Schrier’s bills and priorities to help the health and well-being of children and their families.

They include:

The VACCINES Act: funding to improve education about vaccines, including a future COVID-19 vaccine, and ensure Americans get accurate information. This provision will fund a national public awareness campaign, targeted to unique local circumstances, to increase awareness of the importance of, combat misinformation about, and increase rates of vaccinations.

Stronger CAPTA (Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act): Rep. Schrier’s bipartisan Stronger CAPTA bill that passed the House last year and the bipartisan Emergency Funding for Child Protection Act introduced with Don Young (R-AK) and Karen Bass (D-CA). These bills will help prevent children and parents from entering the foster care system.

Saving Seniors from COVID-19 Costs Act: protects those with Medicare who received COVID-19 treatment from out-of-pocket costs. 

WIC Benefit Flexibility During COVID-19 (BFD) Act: Provides a $35/month increase in food benefits for infants and their mothers to purchase fruits and vegetables.

Protecting workers: Provides $2 billion in grants to State, local, Tribal, or territorial health departments to purchase or procure personal protective equipment and other workplace safety measures to mitigate COVID-19 transmission among essential workers, including among essential agriculture workers.

Support for our farmers: Including, $500 million in additional funding to support specialty crop farmers and address COVID-19 specialty crop supply chain issues at the state level. An additional $350 million in additional funding to support local farmers, farmers markets, and support services for farmers who are impacted by COVID-19 market disruptions.

Strengthening Strategic Stockpiles Act: Improves the Strategic National Stockpile domestic product availability by strengthening the supply chain of medical goods, increasing the domestic production of PPE, and partnering with businesses to refresh and replenish existing stocks of medical supplies.