The Coronavirus pandemic is having a devastating toll on every American’s lives and on our livelihoods and on our way of life. Furthermore, the pandemic has exposed many of the problems and dangers of our nation’s inequalities, such as the racial wealth gap, the digital divide, weaknesses and challenges to our education system, problems in our criminal justice system, employment and the health care disparities to name a few. This includes how these inequalities exacerbate our attempts to make our nation whole again.
In response to this catastrophe, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6800, the “Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions,” or “HEROES ” Act on 5/15/2020 by a vote of 208 yeas to 199 nays, and has sent it to the Senate for consideration. The HEROES Act is a bold and much needed response to many of the more pressing problems facing our nation due to the pandemic. H.R. 6800, provides more than $3 trillion to federal agencies, state and local governments, small businesses, and individuals.