Congress Must Pass Revised HEROES Act to Protect All Communities 

Contact: Charmaine Riley, [email protected], 202.548.7166 

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the House introduction of the revised COVID-19 relief package, the “Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act,” or the HEROES Act: 

“With the country soaring past 200,000 COVID-19 deaths, it is long past time for Congress to take action.

“The House and Senate must immediately pass the revised HEROES Act to provide aid to the most marginalized communities that have been devastated by the pandemic and economic recession, and to protect public health. We applaud the additional funding for elections and the extension of the census counting operations and reporting deadlines to ensure the most accurate census possible in the wake of the pandemic. Fair and free elections, and an accurate census, are cornerstones of our democracy.”

Earlier this year, The Leadership Conference outlined the steps Congress needs to take to protect public health more effectively, preserve and strengthen our public institutions, and ensure that our eventual economic recovery works for everyone.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 220 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit