McGovern Leads Rule Debate on Heroes Act, Releases Details on Benefits for Massachusetts Communities
“We haven’t seen numbers like this since the Great Depression. This situation demands a whole-of-government response that matches the challenges we face.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On the House Floor this morning, Rules Committee Chairman James P. McGovern (D-MA) opened the rule debate on H.R. 6800, the Heroes Act, House Democrats’ latest legislation to address the ongoing public health crisis and provide desperately needed support for struggling families and essential workers, with funds for testing and tracing measures, key support for frontline workers, and strengthened assistance for the American people.
The Heroes Act includes many of the anti-hunger provisions McGovern has championed in Congress over the last several months, including a 15% increase in maximum benefits for people receiving assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), an increase in the minimum monthly SNAP benefit from $16 to $30, and a provision preventing the Trump Administration from implementing rules that weaken benefits and access to food.
The Heroes Act also incorporates major provisions of a bill inspired by Chef José Andrés that McGovern introduced last week alongside Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA) which would help state and local leaders purchase food from farms, and then pay local restaurants to cook it for vulnerable populations during the pandemic.
Key Provisions of the Heroes Act:
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