Rep. Wild Statement on HEROES Act

May 15, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today U.S. Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) released the following statement regarding the House vote on the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act:


“From the beginning of this crisis, I have worked with my colleagues—Democrats and Republicans alike—to provide vital funding for hospitals and frontline workers, increase small business loans, and deliver direct economic relief to millions of hardworking Americans. I am proud of the bipartisan support these measures received. The HEROES Act, however, appears to lack that same expansive bipartisan support of past Coronavirus relief packages.


“Moreover, I am concerned about supporting a $3 trillion bill that in my view does not do enough to provide direct and immediate assistance to struggling families and that will almost surely not proceed to a vote in the Senate or to any realistic negotiations with our colleagues across the aisle. And, after consulting with workers and labor leaders across my community, I am alarmed by provisions in this legislation that could result in cuts to pensions and benefits that workers have earned.  Now is the time to bring our nation together around solutions that will improve the lives of Americans who are hurting, not engage in partisan gamesmanship, and that’s why I will vote against this legislation.


“Make no mistake—we in Washington have enormous work left to do—and that is why I also intend to vote to allow proxy voting for the remainder of this pandemic so that the House of Representatives can continue to safely do its job while adhering to CDC guidelines regarding social distancing.


“In the coming days and weeks, I will be working as hard as I can to provide crucial financial support for state and local governments, robust funding for health care facilities and providers, and direct assistance to Americans in need. I look forward to working with anyone—Democrat or Republican—to advance these practical solutions to the very serious crisis facing our nation.”