SHLB Coalition Statement on HEROES Act May 12, 2020
For Immediate Release
Washington, D.C. (May 12, 2020) - Today the House Democrats introduced the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act.
John Windahusen Jr., executive director of the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition, made the following statement:
"By introducing the HEROES Act, House Democrats show that they recognize the vital importance of connecting people they serve to affordable broadband during and after the COVID-19 health crisis. But the legislation does not provide sufficient funding for schools, libraries, and healthcare providers to address the school closures, health crises, and economic dislocation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The SHLB Coalition has proposed $2 billion in appropriations for the Rural Health Care program and $5.25 billion for E-rate to the Home, and we encourage Congress to provide these resources as soon as possible."
The SHLB Coalition is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) advocacy organization that supports open, affordable, high-quality broadband connections for anchor institutions and their surrounding communities. The SHLB Coalition is based in Washington, D.C. and has a diverse membership of commercial and non-commercial organizations from across the United States. To learn more, visit www.shlb.org.