US House passes revised 'Heroes Act' with US$2.20 trillion for COVID-19 and global health relief; opposed by Senate and White House

While negotiations for another supplemental COVID-19 bill with the White House dragged on, the US House of Representatives passed its revised Heroes Act (Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act), which is a response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Unlike the previous US$3.40 trillion version of the bill, which passed the House in May but failed to get sufficient support in the US Senate, this US$2.20 trillion legislation contains significant foreign assistance funding.

Most of the funding is directed toward global health, including US$3.5 billion for Gavi (The Vaccine Alliance), US$3.5 billion for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, US$1.0 billion for The US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and US$227 million for strengthening health care systems. There is also funding for humanitarian assistance as well as funding for basic and higher education efforts related to COVID-19. There is little likelihood for passage of the US$2.20 trillion bill unless the White House and the US House leadership reach a compromise.

Press release - US House Appropriations Committee

News article - The Washington Post