Crist Votes for Updated Heroes Act to Provide Robust Relief to Pinellas Families and Small Biz
Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) released the following statement on the Updated Heroes Act (H.R.925), relief legislation aimed at protecting the lives and livelihood of American families as the nation continues to combat the public health and economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Updated Heroes Act, which passed today by a vote of 214-207, comes following months of Senate inaction on the original aid package passed by the House back in May, which would have granted working families needed relief much sooner, prevented layoffs, and kept unemployed workers from losing their $600 add-on.
The $2.2 trillion package is the latest attempt by the People’s House to deliver relief that meets the needs of Pinellas families and the weight of the moment. In April, Congressman Crist sent a letter calling for 19 additional provisions to be included in future coronavirus response packages. The new Heroes Act includes several provisions that Crist has been fighting for including:
“Nearly seven months into this pandemic, the American people are still struggling to keep their heads above water as the dual crises of COVID-19 and a historic recession sends wave after wave their way. In May, the People’s House responded by passing The Heroes Act, which included another round of stimulus checks for Americans and dependents who had been left out of the last round. We increased SNAP benefits and flexibility to purchase food because we knew families needed help putting food on the table. We extended the $600 weekly federal unemployment assistance and included even more funding for small businesses so that mom-and-pop shops and restaurants and bars here in Pinellas could weather this storm and retain their workforce so they could re-open sooner. We provided hazard pay to essential employees, forbearance protection to homeowners, and funding for state and local governments so they could keep teachers, firefighters, and sanitation workers on the job without having to raise taxes. The People’s House acted quickly, building on the CARES Act with input from our constituents who were still hurting. Yet, the Senate did nothing. And since then, our communities have only continued to suffer.
“The Updated Heroes Act meets the White House halfway so that we can get desperately needed relief to the American people before it’s too late. This package is big because the crisis we face is big. And the House of Representatives made a commitment to the people that we would meet the gravity of the moment. Today, I’m proud to vote for a bill that still delivers for Pinellas families and the American economy – another stimulus check, restoring the $600 unemployment benefit, food assistance, small business relief, and more.
“Floridians are resilient, but in the face of joblessness, eviction, and devastating economic insecurity for working families, they shouldn’t be left on their own. I hope that leaders in the Senate and White House open their hearts and recognize the pain that their inaction is causing. Americans have been praying for relief for over four long months. The American people are watching.”
Additionally, the Updated Heroes Act includes:
- DOWNTOWN ST. PETE OFFICE
696 1st Avenue North, Suite 203
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: (727) 318-6770
Fax: (727) 623-0619
WASHINGTON, DC OFFICE
215 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5961
Fax: (202) 225-9764
- MIDTOWN OFFICE
1300 22nd Street South, Suite 316
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
By Appointment: (727) 318-6770
NORTH COUNTY OFFICE
9200 113th Street North, Suite 310
Seminole, FL 33772
By Appointment: (727) 318-6770