With millions out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic and special benefits for those affected recently expiring, United States Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) talked about what is next for the HEROES Act and more on America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on Aug. 6.
What’s next for the HEROES Act?
To begin, Sen. Brown lamented the inaction and lack of urgency from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on the HEROES Act.
Sen. Brown laid out what is in the HEROES Act and how it would help affected families and individuals.
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown
The HEROES Act contains an extension of the $600 of additional unemployment compensation per week, helping families continue to pay bills until their employer is prepared to bring them back. It also would have provided funds to state and local governments to distribute as they see fit. Lastly, the HEROES Act contains hazard pay provision for frontline workers.
Sen. Brown also mentioned the complete lack of safety standards for reopening schools.
Increasing domestic PPE production
He then spoke about a piece of legislation he is planning to introduce. The Protecting American Heroes Act is legislation aimed at creating American jobs while also boosting American production of personal protective equipment.
The legislation will increase domestic production of PPE. With this bill, America will reclaim a portion of the PPE production sector, lowering our reliance on other countries for this equipment.
The legislation will also be used to stockpile domestically produced PPE, should there be another pandemic.
You can listen to Sen. Brown’s last appearance on AWF Radio Podcast here.
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