House Democrats unveil updated version of the Heroes Act

Alonzo Simpson
September 29, 2020

The Democrats on Monday released a new $2.2trillion COVID package, including a second round of stimulus checks, $600 in extra unemployment and $436billion for state and local governments. She also urged Democrats to marshal resources to support the House Majority PAC, a political action committee committed to promoting Democratic candidates for the House.

Pelosi outlined the once far-fetched scenario in a letter to Democrats over the weekend. Each state has one vote; whichever party has more members in its House delegation will be decide the state's vote.

"We can not leave anything to chance".

Less than six weeks before the November 3 election, top Democrats in the House of Representatives said they expect to consider the "Protecting Our Democracy Act" next year, when they hope to have Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in the White House and a Democratic majority controlling the Senate. "We can not leave anything to chance", Pelosi wrote, adding, "It's sad we have to have to plan this way, but it's what we must do to ensure the election is not stolen". Meanwhile, the Speaker noted, "When I have a conversation with the administration it is in good faith. And the Republicans, not only do they not have a plan, but they can't pass anything in the Senate that they control", Himes said.

Democrats in the US Congress on Wednesday unveiled a new package of democratic reforms aimed at President Donald Trump, saying it would curb future presidential abuse and protect US elections against foreign interference.

"And I don't want to end up in the Supreme Court and I don't want to go back to Congress either".

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Trump was referencing the current balance of state representation in the House.

Although there are more Democrat lawmakers in the House, there are still more Republican delegations with a 26-to-22 majority and Pennsylvania split evenly.

Congress hasn't been called on to intervene in a presidential election at any time in modern history and only twice since the ratification of the 12th Amendment in 1804. "In other words, how many state delegations the Democrats win in this upcoming election could determine who our next president is".

Pelosi called on Democrats to prepare for the exceedingly rare circumstances, arguing that they can not ignore any possibility in this election.

"This evening, Democrats are unveiling an updated Heroes Act that serves as our proffer to Republicans to come to negotiations to address the health and economic catastrophe in our country", Pelosi wrote in her letter to colleagues. "I'm asking you to help with this delegation strategy as well".

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