Haaland: New Relief Bill Includes $875 Billion for State, Local Governments, $20 Billion for Tribal Governments

May 15, 2020
Press Release
New Mexico estimated to receive $669,240,000
Albuquerque, N.M. –  Tonight, Congresswoman Deb Haaland NM-01) announced that the new relief bill passed by the House of Representatives will provide $250 billion in stabilization funds for local communities, cities and towns and $20 billion for Tribes. Of that total amount, New Mexico is estimated to receive $669,240,000. The Heroes Act, led by House Democrats, is bold legislation to meet the needs of the coronavirus pandemic. 
Ahead of tonight’s vote on the Heroes Act, Haaland delivered the Democratic Weekly Address stating, “Heroes come in all forms – they’re hospital workers, grocery clerks, teachers, letter carriers, and people who stay home to take care of their elders and protect their communities. The Heroes Act provides economic stability so we can begin the long road to economic recovery.” 
Haaland worked to include several provisions in the more than $3 trillion legislation that would protect essential workers, support families economically, and ensure local, state, and tribal governments had what they need to address the coronavirus pandemic including:
  • $1200 direct payments to individuals no matter immigration or tax status, age or ability;
  • Hazard pay for essential workers that was in the Essential Worker’s Bill of Rights backed by Haaland;
  • $100 billion for emergency rental assistance;
  • $925 million to states to bolster unemployment programs;
  • $1.5 billion to close the homework gap by investing in broadband internet connectivity;
  • $75 billion for coronavirus testing, tracing and treatment;
  • Stronger Paycheck Protection Program that will reach underserved communities;
  • $10 billion for Covid-19 emergency grants through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program;
  • Provisions that help military families terminate home and vehicle leases, cable, internet, and phone contracts without penalty when they can complete their orders to report to a new duty station because of the STOP movement order; and
  • More support for homecare and childcare professionals on the front lines.
Haaland has been at the forefront ensuring Native Nations, Tribal organizations, the Indian Health Service and Urban Indian Health Organizations get the support they need to address dire disparities in Indian Country. 
The Heroes Act addresses disparities by
  • Providing $20 billion for Tribal governments;
  • Addressing tribal business concerns on PPP loans;
  • A $2.1 billion funding boost for Indian Health Service and Tribally Operated Health Care Facilities; and
  • $64 million for Urban Indian Health Organizations
The Heroes Act was introduced by Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY) and co-sponsored by Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA), Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Mark Takano (D-CA) and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA).
The text of The Heroes Act, H.R. 6800, is here. A one pager on the legislation is here. A section-by-section summary is here. A resource on the state and local relief provisions is here.