Larsen votes to support Washington’s essential workers, first responders

  • Sun May 17th, 2020 12:38pm
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Submitted by Rep. Rick Larsen’s office

Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, voted for the HEROES Act to address the continued public health crisis and provide much-needed support for Washington state’s frontline workers on May 15. The bill includes increased funding for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, key support for frontline workers and strengthened assistance for Washingtonians.

“Since the last relief package was signed into law on April 23, I have been listening to the concerns and needs of Northwest Washingtonians on the front lines of pandemic response and recovery. The HEROES Act is an important next step to protect Washingtonians’ health, safety and economic security,” said Larsen. “It delivers critical relief to Washington’s families, boosts testing and tracing to safely reopen the economy and supports essential workers and first responders working to keep communities safe. It also helps ensure Washington state can hold safe, fair elections this year and invests in broadband internet access to help bridge the digital divide for students learning from home.”

The HEROES Act provides Washington state and local and county governments with robust funding to cover COVID-19-related revenue loss and pay health care workers, police, fire, transportation, EMS, teachers and other essential workers keeping Washingtonians safe.

An analysis prepared by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service estimates that, if it becomes law, the HEROES Act would provide approximately $10.8 billion for Washington state communities over the next two years including $9,887,690 to San Juan County and $1,221,412 to Friday Harbor.

The HEROES Act also includes a $90 billion fund to support state and local public education, including $1.7 billion for Washington communities. This funding will help support elementary, secondary and public higher education and can be used to meet urgent needs including summer learning, afterschool programs, distance learning and emergency financial aid for college students.

For a fact sheet on the HEROES Act, click here.

For Larsen’s weekly “Recap With Rick” video in support of the HEROES Act, click here.

For bill text, click here.