Gov. Lamont, Sens. Blumenthal and Murphy call on Senate to pass new COVID-19 relief bill


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Ned Lamont joined Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy in Hartford on Thursday to call on the Senate to pass relief efforts for families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Murphy touted Connecticut’s success in flattening the curve as an example for the rest of the country. He pointed out, however, that the federal government needs to assist states in order to prevent the spread of the virus from states with high infection rates to places like Connecticut. It will take a nationwide effort with the support of the federal government.

After the U-S House approved a second round of pandemic relief in May, the bill’s future is now to be determined in the Senate. Senators Blumenthal and Murphy are calling on the Senate to pass this bill to provide relief to people struggling during the pandemic. 

With unemployment insurance expiring at the end of July, Congressional Democrats are touting the Heroes Act as an immediate solution to help the American people. 

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The Heroes Act was passed in the Democratic-controlled House in May, but it was easily assumed it wouldn’t pass in the Senate. 

It’s a massive stimulus bill that could supply Americans with a stimulus check of around $6,000. It would also provide funding to hospitals, for testing and contact tracing, help cover treatment costs for people who get infected, provide funding to cities, towns, schools, and further support rental assistance and business loans. 

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