TIME’S UP Praises House for Passage of Heroes Act; Calls on Senate to Act for Women Workers Without Delay

Changing Laws & Policy, Equity, Federal Policy

Today, the House voted to pass the largest stimulus relief package in U.S. history. The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (HEROES Act) would put an additional $3 trillion towards testing, funding local and state governments, hazard pay for essential workers, mail-in voting, and other critical provisions to alleviate the economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on workers, businesses, and the economy as a whole.

Tina Tchen, president and CEO of TIME’S UP Now, provided the following statement:

“We applaud the House for passing this important — and urgent — emergency relief package today. The HEROES Act is a critical step toward meeting the demands of this moment and preventing deeper, longer-lasting damage to the U.S. workforce, businesses, and the entire U.S. economy.

“In particular, we commend the House for expanding access to paid sick days and paid leave — basic protections that all workers should have, not only during this global health emergency, but on a permanent basis. The bill also allocates additional funding to domestic violence and sexual assault programs, which are critical to ensuring survivors can seek help, without fear of retaliation, during these uncertain times. We call on the Senate to pass these critical provisions.

“While the House is taking steps to alleviate the health and economic burden on Americans, the bill falls short in one key area: ensuring access to high-quality, affordable child care. Without the necessary funding, child care centers run the risk of closing their doors permanently — just as parents are returning to work. It’s long past due for Congress to invest in and stabilize our child care system, an industry that allows parents — and particularly women and women of color — to participate fully in the labor market.

“This challenging time demonstrates what women have always known — that these policies are not just nice to do perks when times are good; rather, they are essential building blocks to safe, equitable, and inclusive workplaces. Now is the moment for leaders to take collective responsibility and invest in immediate and long-term changes that will make our businesses more prosperous, our workforce stronger, and our economy and country more resilient — starting with the Senate taking action without delay.”


TIME’S UP™ Now is the nonpartisan and not-for-profit advocacy arm of TIME’S UP. We advocate for safe, fair, and dignified work for all in the public and private sectors, calling for an end to harassment and other related forms of discrimination on the job. And we fight to rebuild the systems that have taken away women’s power for far too long. TIME’S UP Now is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization.