A Quick Look at the Differences of PPP in the HEROES Act vs. HEALS Act

While the House of Representatives passed a 4th coronavirus relief bill last May, the Senate House did not put it up for review before Congress went into an August recess. Instead, the Republican majority passed its own version, calling it the HEALS Act, as opposed to the Heroes Act passed by the House in May. The first distinguishing aspect about the Republucan’s HEAL Act is that the amount being pushed for by the Senate is only $1 trillion, which cuts down the $2.2. trillion of the original CARES Act. In contrast, the House of Representatives is proposing to increase the …

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Trump Still Aims to Control the CARES Fund

Trump recently removed the Inspector General who was supposed to head the committee tasked to oversee the disbursements of the CARES Act Fund. The creation of an oversight committee was one of the conditions fought hard for by both Democratic and Republican Senators in approving the release of the $2.2 trillion government funds under the guidelines of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act or The CARES Act.   Yet Trump who had stated beforehand that he intends to be the sole “oversight” in controlling and monitoring the release of the funds, has taken action to circumvent that condition. …

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House Ethics Committee Orders Republican Rep. McMorris Rodgers to Return $7,500 in Misused Funds

Prior to the close of 2019, the House Ethics Committee concluded its 5-year investigation on how the staffers in Rep, McMorris Rodgers office made improper use of campaign funds and official resources! including staff time, travel funds and congressional office space in carrying out political activities. According the Ethics Committee Report, poor record keeping and “sloppy practices” dating as far back as 2008 had contributed to the improper use of campaign funds. In light of the findings, the panel chaired by Florida Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch, imposed sanctions on Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, ordering her to pay over $7,500 as …

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