Tell Your Senator to Support the HEROES Act
On May 15th, the House of Representatives passed the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (HEROES Act). The HEROES Act provides support for essential workers, protects voting rights and the census, and provides aid to low-income communities. Please join the Office of Public Witness in calling on the Senate to pass the HEROES Act and enacting these necessary measures.
On April 6th, we urged Congress to require that the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) protect frontline workers. Healthcare and other frontline workers are placed at the highest risk during the pandemic. If the HEROES Act passes, OSHA will be required to issue an emergency temporary standard to protect frontline workers who are at the highest risk of contracting Coronavirus.
On April 21st, we called on Congress to protect voting rights and ensure access to the polls during the pandemic through mail-in ballots and online registration. No one should have to risk their life to be able to vote. The PC(U.S.A.) has also worked to increase awareness about the importance of the U.S. Census. The HEROES Act provides support to local governments for safe and fair elections. It also provides funding and other resources for an accurate Census count, ensuring everyone has a voice in shaping our democracy during these uncertain times.
The HEROES Act provides assistance to low-income families by increasing the SNAP benefit by 15% and increasing the minimum benefit from $16 to $30, and expands the Earned Income and the Child tax credits. This bill will provide multiple layers of support so that families harmed by the economic recession will be able to pay their bills and put food on the table.
Join the Office of Public Witness in calling on the Senate to pass the HEROES Act!
The PC(U.S.A.) recognizes God’s call to actively engage in the world around us and care for the most marginalized people in our society. This call is especially important now. Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, director of the Office of Public Witness, says:
“Families need to know that they have leaders who not only care, but who will act to provide needed relief. Children need extra protection to ensure that they are well-fed and given shelter. The elderly, who already carry a disproportionately emotional burden of the virus, need reassurance that their isolation is physical and does not mean that they are alone or forgotten. Our faith informs us to care for the widows and orphans of the world; has there been a time when this commandment is more needed? Support for this bill is necessary as we are reminded that everyone needs help at some time in life, and this is that time.”
The situation could not be more urgent. The Senate must pass the HEROES Act to protect essential workers, ensure a fair election and accurate census, and aid low-income communities.
Call your Senators TODAY and urge them to support the HEROES Act!