Marshall Supports Senate's HEALS Act

July 28, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Roger Marshall, M.D., issued a statement of support for The Health, Economic Assistance, Liability protection, and Schools (HEALS) Act introduced in the U.S. Senate on Monday, to address the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“As a physician, healing is my passion and continues to be a top priority in our communities and across Kansas as we work together to overcome this virus and get our kids safely back to school this fall,” said Rep. Marshall. “I’ve been in over 200 Kansas communities over the last four weeks and spoken directly with thousands of Kansans. Two of the top concerns I hear are the need for liability protections for decision makers and employers, and an inability to find workers to come back to work. We have to bring jobs back to Kansas and get Kansans safely and responsibly back to work. The HEALS Act would protect and heal our most vulnerable, get our kids safely back in school, and get our Kansas economy up and running on all cylinders again.”

The HEALS Act contains a number of proposals that will:

  • Provide $70 billion in funding for schools and $30 billion for colleges to help them safely reopen this fall, which means roughly $1,200 per student for public and private schools across the country
  • Provide a $1,200 check to eligible individuals, and an additional $500 for each dependent, without age restrictions that limited these payments in previous packages
  • Allow for automatic forgiveness of PPP loans of up to $150,000 for agriculture producers and other borrowers 
  • Provide $25 billion in funding for hospitals and medical providers
  • Provide a $200 weekly federal unemployment benefit
  • Revise and extend the Paycheck Protection Program to help small businesses and underserved communities
  • Provide $26 billion for vaccine development
  • Provide $20 billion for agriculture producers and processors, which the Kansas biofuel industry would now be eligible for
  • Continue to defer student loan payments during the crisis

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