May 15, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the house passed the Heroes Act, which is urgently needed legislation to address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It includes critical support for frontline workers, along with additional direct payments to families who are struggling, and investments in testing, small businesses and more.  

"Today the House took another important step in our ongoing effort to support the American people through this crisis. We can't have a comprehensive response to this pandemic without expanding support for our frontline workers and getting more money into the hands of Americans. This bill does both of those things and much more. 

"There are a number of provisions in this bill that I fought for including one that provides smaller cities with direct access to relief funds. This is huge for a number of cities in my district who need access to federal support to address the repercussions of this crisis in their communities. 

"Another growing problem we're seeing in communities around the country is food insecurity. No American should go hungry, which is why I fought for the expansion of the USDA's Farm to Food Bank Project, which will reduce food waste from supply disruptions and put food on more families' tables.  On top of that, another aspect of the bill that I championed empowers the VA to feed homeless veterans.

"It has become clear during this pandemic that, during a time of crisis, Americans need to have reliable, affordable access to essential goods. That's why I pushed for legislation to reign in price gouging and I'm pleased to see anti-price gouging language in this bill. 

"This continues to be an incredibly difficult period for our country. The profound loss of life we've seen is tragic and unacceptable. As Americans, we must continue to trust scientists and health experts to help guide us through this. As a Congressman, I will continue to fight for measures that help Americans struggling. I'm pleased that this bill reflects House Democrats' commitment to saving lives and protecting families and workers. I hope the Senate acts with the same commitment in mind so that we can get support to those who need it most."