5 HEROES Act Provisions with a Good Chance of Becoming Law

The massive federal stimulus bill just passed by the House of Representatives is "dead on arrival" in the Senate. But a few proposals in the bill have enough bipartisan support to eventually become law.

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Oh well, it was nice while it lasted. Even though there were tough negotiations, Republicans and Democrats in Washington were able to quickly pass the first few coronavirus economic stimulus bills. But now it looks like hyper partisanship reigns supreme once again in the nation's capital. For evidence of this, look no further than the most recent stimulus package being kicked around in Congress — the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act. Democrats just pushed the massive, $3 trillion bill through the House of Representatives. But President Trump and Republican lawmakers have declared it "dead on arrival" in the Senate. It seems as if the two sides couldn't be further apart.

But there's a glimmer of hope. There are enough lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who believe Americans need more help. So, while the HEROES Act as it exists right now is destined to go nowhere, it's likely that another stimulus package of some sort will eventually get through Congress and be signed into law by the president. Are there any provisions in the current HEROES Act that could be included in the next law? You bet! Here are five HEROES Act proposals with a good chance of ultimately becoming law.

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Rocky Mengle

Rocky Mengle was a Senior Tax Editor for Kiplinger from October 2018 to January 2023 with more than 20 years of experience covering federal and state tax developments. Before coming to Kiplinger, Rocky worked for Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting, and Kleinrock Publishing, where he provided breaking news and guidance for CPAs, tax attorneys, and other tax professionals. He has also been quoted as an expert by USA Today, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, Reuters, Accounting Today, and other media outlets. Rocky holds a law degree from the University of Connecticut and a B.A. in History from Salisbury University.