Rep. Cisneros Votes to Pass Bipartisan Heroes Act and Provide Relief to CA-39 Cities and Counties, Frontline Workers, and Small Businesses

May 15, 2020
Press Release
CA-39 cities will receive over $367 million and counties will receive $8.6 billion

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) voted to pass the bipartisan Heroes Act. This legislation provides funding for cities, counties, and states; families; essential workers; small businesses; and testing. Cities in California’s 39th District will receive over $367 million dollars and the counties will receive over $8.6 billion in direct aid that can be used for our healthcare workers, police, fire, transportation, EMS, teachers and other frontline workers who are in danger of losing their jobs. The Heroes Act includes Rep. Cisneros’ bipartisan bill to provide flexibility for state and local governments to access previously approved federal relief funds to offset lost revenue due to the health emergency from COVID-19.

“Over the last two weeks, I’ve hosted five town halls and held countless meetings with constituents who need our help and are calling for Congress to act. Their health and safety has always been my top priority, and it’s why I support the bipartisan Heroes Act, which delivers much-needed relief, resources, and support to our communities during this difficult time.

“I’ve been talking with local leaders in every city in the 39th, and they’ve been asking for more funding for our cities. Not only will the Heroes Act provide over $875 billion in direct funding to states, cities, and counties, it will give them the flexibility to use the funding where it can do the most good. This much-needed assistance will help our cities maintain crucial programs, fund public safety, and keep city frontline workers employed. I’m also glad that the Heroes Act includes my bipartisan bill to address revenue shortfalls and provide flexibility and assurance to cities, counties, and states. 

“I’ve also been fighting for more funding, support, and clarity to the EIDL and PPP because we need to be working to support small businesses, not wealthy corporations and big banks. In addition to providing significant funding for EIDL, this bill also makes necessary fixes and expands the PPP to those that need it, including local chambers of commerce and other non-profits. Our small businesses are committed to the safety and health of the community, and the Heroes Act includes my bipartisan small business bills and priorities I have urged congressional leadership and the Administration to adopt.

“The Heroes Act also honors our nation’s heroes and provides hazard pay and workplace protections to workers on the frontlines of this pandemic, who selflessly risk their lives every single day to keep our communities safe. Furthermore, this bipartisan bill includes funding for coronavirus testing and treatment, the keys to protecting the American people’s health and successfully reopening the economy. On top of that, the Heroes Act includes legislation I’ve championed to lift the SALT cap and provide tax relief for 39th District families, a top priority I have advocated for since my first day in Congress.

“Our cities, our communities, and our constituents need our help. While this process should have been more open, we need to pass the Heroes Act to provide the bold and necessary support for our families, workers, small businesses and cities. I’ll continue to work with my Democratic and Republican colleagues, in all levels of government, to get more done. I strongly urge the Senate and the President to pass this bill for the American people.”

The Heroes Act includes the following for California’s 39th District:

  • SUPPORT FOR STATE & LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: The Heroes Act creates a new State and Local Coronavirus Relief Fund - with $500 billion awarded to states and $375 billion directly to counties and municipalities - through the Department of Treasury to help first responders, frontline health workers, transit employees, teachers, and other workers continue to provide vital services.  The bill also includes a bipartisan bill Congressman Cisneros introduced with Rep. Bacon to provide flexibility for state and local governments to access previously approved federal relief funds to offset lost revenue due to the health emergency from COVID-19..

LOCAL ALLOCATIONS UNDER HEROES ACT*

Local Coronavirus Relief Fund 

2020 Allocation

2021 Allocation

Brea 

$14,350,527 

$7,175,264 

Buena Park

$41,859,385 

$20,929,692 

Chino Hills

$19,938,668 

$9,969,334 

Diamond Bar 

$18,521,958 

$9,260,979 

Fullerton

$66,620,776 

$33,310,388 

La Habra

$32,533,541 

$16,266,771 

La Habra Heights 

$1,761,849 

$880,924 

Placentia 

$17,006,630 

$8,503,315 

Walnut 

$9,875,964 

$4,937,982 

Yorba Linda city

$22,310,937 

$11,155,469 

     

San Bernardino County

$824,817,734 

$412,408,867 

Los Angeles County

$3,749,171,518 

$1,874,585,759 

Orange County

$1,199,734,886 

$599,867,443 

     

TOTAL

$6,018,504,374 

$3,009,252,187 

> Cities

$244,780,236 

$122,390,118 

> Counties

$5,773,724,138 

$2,886,862,069 

 

*NOTE: Hacienda Heights and Rowland Heights are NOT slated to receive direct funding because they are unincorporated; as is the case for CDBG funding, they would need to seek money from the County allocation.

  • SUPPORT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES: The bill makes important fixes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to provide much needed support and clarity for small businesses, including creating set asides for financial institutions that serve small businesses with 10 or less employees and minority serving institutions, and by modifying the program to make it easier to seek loan forgiveness. The bill also provides an additional $10 billion to renew the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program and strengthens other SBA core programs by waiving fees, increasing annual lending limits, and increasing loan guarantees for the SBA 7(a) lending program.
    • Congressman Cisneros led a bipartisan letter addressed to the Secretaries of Health and Human Services and Defense urging them to support small businesses in procuring PPE and replenishing the Strategic National Stockpile.
    • Congressman Cisneros has been pushing for an expansion of the PPP to ensure local chambers and other non-profits can help weather our current economic crisis. He introduced a bipartisan bill to ensure local chambers of commerce and other nonprofits who support small businesses can apply for PPP. Congressman Cisneros also called on house leadership to ensure that 501(c)(5) organizations are made eligible to receive PPP.
    • Congressman Cisneros pushed for inclusion of language specifically allocating PPP funds for borrowers with less than $1 million in annual profits as well as for borrowers with fewer than 50 employees.
    • Congressman Cisneros advocated for increased funding to the EIDL program as well as appropriate oversight to ensure the program runs smoothly when funds are appropriated. He sent a letter to the SBA Administrator urging necessary fixes and mandatory reports on program functionality.
    • Congressman Cisneros urged House Small Business Committee Leadership for clearer language to ensure that all legally-operating small businesses and non-profit organizations that Congress has permitted to access COVID-19 small business relief have full access to PPP and EIDL programs.
    • Congressman Cisneros sent a letter to leadership urging for including PPP funding set asides for smaller community lenders, such as credit unions and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). 
       
  • SUPPORT FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS: The Heroes Act establishes a $200 billion Heroes’ fund to ensure that essential workers who have risked their lives working during the pandemic receive hazard pay. It also requires OSHA to ensure that all workplaces develop science-based infection control plans and prevent employers from retaliating against workers who report problems.
  • ADVANCE TESTING TRACING AND TREATMENT: The Heroes Act provides another $75 billion for coronavirus testing, contact tracing and isolation measures, ensuring every American can access free coronavirus treatment. This includes funding for CDC to coordinate with state and local health departments to establish a National Contact Tracing Initiative to centralize best practices and ensure a national evidence-based testing and surveillance strategy.  
  • LOWER TAXES: The Heroes Act includes legislation championed by Rep. Cisneros to repeal the $10,000 cap on State and Local Taxes (SALT) in 2020 and 2021.
    • Congressman Cisneros signed a letter to House leadership urging future COVID packages to include a repeal of the SALT cap.
    • Congressman Cisneros helped secure House passage of the Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act in December 2019 to repeal the SALT deduction cap for 2020 and 2021.
    • Congressman Cisneros introduced bipartisan legislation, the SALT Relief and Marriage Penalty Elimination Act of 2019, to repeal the marriage penalty associated with the SALT cap, which was included in the SALT Act.
    • Congressman Cisneros testified before the House Committee on Ways and Means and sent multiple letters to leadership to encourage consideration of legislation to roll back the SALT deduction cap. 
       
  • EDUCATION SUPPORT: The Heroes Act includes a $90 billion State Fiscal Stabilization fund for states to support local school districts and public higher education. For California, the state would receive $10.7 billion, with $7 billion dedicated to local education agencies, $3.2 billion for public institutions of higher learning. It also includes an additional $10.15 billion to support Minority Serving Institutions. Finally, it limits the Secretary of Education’s ability to restrict access to Education funding to students, such as DACA students.
    • Congressman Cisneros sent a letter calling for robust investments in early education and child care sectors, which have been particularly hard hit by the crisis. 
    • Congressman Cisneros sent a letter to House leadership calling for additional support for higher education institutions to help students and academic pillars in our community.
    • Congressman Cisneros sent a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai urging the agency to take action to ensure students have adequate access to distance learning tools and broadband connectivity, including protecting consumers from predatory practices.
    • Congressman Cisneros sent a letter to House leadership calling for an additional $1 billion for K-12 funding to address the needs of English learner students, teachs, and families.
    • Congressman Cisneros sent a letter to Department of Education Secretary DeVos urging a reversal of the Administration’s decision to prohibit DACA students from accessing federal emergency aid included in the CARES Act.
    • Congressman Cisneros sent a letter to Department of Education Secretary DeVos asking for clearer guidance and technical assistance to allow school districts to better serve students with disabilities during the period of online instruction.
       
  • RENT RELIEF FOR AMERICANS: The Heroes Act includes a number of provisions to help Americans stay in their homes by allocating $175 billion in new supports to assist renters and homeowners make monthly rent, mortgage and utility payments and other housing-related costs. The bill would establish a new mechanism to ensure the Federal Reserve essentially covers the cost of suspending almost all debt payments for renters and homeowners by banning evictions and foreclosures and establishing long-term, low-interest loans for landlords and mortgage servicers to bridge the sudden stop in repayments.
  • ADDRESSING HOMELESSNESS: The Heroes Act includes $11.5 billion for the Emergency Solutions Grants program to help state and local governments finance housing and health related services for those experiencing homelessness. It also authorizes $1 billion for Housing Choice Vouchers targeted to people experiencing or at risk of homelessness and survivors of domestic violence.
    • Congressman Cisneros sent a letter to leadership urging increased funding for Emergency Solutions Grants.
    • Congressman Cisneros sent a letter to the Trump Administration seeking clarification from HUD, CDC, and HHS to ensure proper care of America’s homeless population.  
       
  • SUPPORTS VETERANS THROUGH THE CRISIS: The bill provides necessary support for veterans by providing flexibility for the VA to care for homeless veterans, allowing veterans without a disability but with a financial hardship to qualify for enrollment in the VA health system.  The bill also eliminates copays for COVID-19 preventative services, suspends VA debt collection, and extends deadlines for veterans to file claims and appeals for VA benefits.  
    • Congressman Cisneros is an original cosponsor of legislation included in the Heroes Act that provides consumer protections for military servicemembers under stop-movement orders during the COVID-19 pandemic.  
    • Congressman Cisneros sent a letter to Department Of Defense (DoD) Secretary Mark Esper regarding the unfair financial burden facing servicemembers as a result of the stop movement order issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
       
  • STRATEGIC NATIONAL STOCKPILE AND DOMESTIC MANUFACTURING: The Heroes Act includes numerous provisions to strengthen the Strategic National Stockpile and support the U.S. domestic manufacturing base for critical medical supplies and drugs. The bill also would expand the use and oversight of Defense Production Act (DPA) authorities to: increase the production and supply of critical medical supplies and equipment, such as diagnostic tests and personal protection equipment; focus efforts on supply chain mobilization; decrease the disruption of critical deliveries to state and local governments; and require assessments for both immediate and longer term needs and plans to meet those needs, as well as requiring longer-term planning to ensure that the United States is better prepared for future pandemics.
    • Congressman Cisneros is an original cosponsor of the Medical Supply Chain Emergency Act, which requires the president to use the authorities under the DPA to require the emergency production of medical equipment to address the COVID-19 outbreak. 
    • Congressman Cisneros is an original cosponsor of the PRICE Act, which ensures a whole of government approach for medical equipment in response to both the COVID-19 outbreak and any other future national health emergency.
    • Congressman Cisneros is an original cosponsor of the PPE Act, which Requires the Secretary of HHS to provide Congress with an annual estimate of the total supplies (ventilators, masks, drugs, etc.) necessary to respond to a major pandemic, including a budget request for maintaining that level of supply. It would also require the Secretary to request use of the DPA if production issues prevent maintaining the necessary level of supply. 
    • Congressman Cisneros led a bipartisan letter addressed to the Secretaries of Health and Human Services and Defense urging them to support small businesses in procuring PPE and replenishing the Strategic National Stockpile.
       
  • SUPPORT FOR HEALTHCARE AND RESEARCH: The Heroes Act provides $7.6 billion for Community Health Centers to expand their capacity to provide testing and healthcare, and $100 billion to reimburse healthcare related expenses for hospitals and other healthcare providers. The bill also specifies that COVID-19-related treatment must be free for those with Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance. It also provides $2.1 billion under the CDC to help support state and local public health agency response to COVID-19, $4.745 billion to expand COVID-19 research on the NIH campus, and $4.575 billion for the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to advance therapeutics and vaccines.
    • Congressman Cisneros signed a letter calling for a five year reauthorization of the Community Health Centers Program at $77.3 billion to help support COVID-19 response.
    • On May 8th, Congressman Cisneros announced nearly $800,000 in federal funding to expand testing at CA-39 Health Centers. 
    • On March 25th, Congressman Cisneros announced over $300,000 in coronavirus supplemental funding for CA-39 Health Centers coming from the first coronavirus response bill.
    • On March 30th, Congressman Cisneros announced over $50,000 in coronavirus supplemental funding for the Korean Community Services’ health center coming from the first coronavirus response bill.
       
  • PRESERVE POSTAL SERVICE: The Heroes Act provides the U.S. Postal Service $25 billion for revenue forgone due to the coronavirus pandemic, and language providing additional protections to Postal workers. An additional $15 million is provided for the Postal Service Inspector General for oversight of this funding.
    • Congressman Cisneros signed a letter urging House leadership to include direct funding and necessary assistance for the USPS.