On the Hill: As Congress considers coronavirus relief, schools come to the forefront

Politics

WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — House Democrats are asking the Senate to vote on a coronavirus relief bill that the House passed in May.

Congressman Bobby Scott (D-Va.) said the Heroes Act will allow schools to operate amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There are things that schools need to do to reopen safely,” said Scott. “All of these extra resources to open schools safely, you can’t just hope it will happen. You have to come up with a plan. You have to have the resources to make it happen.”

The $3 trillion Heroes Act includes $90 million for schools, including money for PPE for teachers and students, as well as money for improving school ventilation systems.

“We should want to use the money we have right now to make sure that our kids can get back in school,” said Rep. Fred Keller (R-Pa.). “Let our schools put together a plan; see how much they need. And let us start using the money that has already been borrowed before we borrow more money.”

The Senate returns to Washington, D.C., after Labor Day. It is expected to take up a much smaller relief bill of about $500 billion.

It remains unclear if there are enough votes to pass it.

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