|House Releases Text of HEROES Act COVID-19 Relief Bill|
House Releases Text of HEROES Act COVID-19 Relief Bill
SUMMARY: The House released its version of the next bill to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, which includes provisions impacting federal employees.
Yesterday, the House Democrats released the text of Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act or the HEROES Act, the most recent bill to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, which includes several provisions to help federal employees. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has expressed a desire to wait and see if another bill is needed, while the House is expected to vote on the HEROES Act as soon as Friday.
Specifically, the bill would:
The bill would also extend the emergency FMLA provisions in the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) to all federal employees and amend the emergency paid sick leave provisions of the previous relief bills to eliminate the ability of OMB to exclude any
There are also several agency specific provisions in the bill, including language to provide additional funding for several agencies such as the Bureau of Fiscal Service (over $78 million to respond to COVID-19) and the IRS ($520 million for costs related to COVID-19 and the extended filing season).
NTEU supports the pro-federal workforce provisions in the HEROES Act and will continue to work with members of the House and Senate to ensure passage so that federal employees are protected and are able to perform their jobs in a safe environment.
Anthony M. Reardon