Overview of the Negotiations Process and Comparison of the Senate Republicans’ proposed coronavirus relief package to the Democrats’ HEROES Act

Published August 2020
by Jennifer Castagna, Sean Worley

On July 27, Senate Republicans introduced a series of bills -- comprising the “Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protections, and Schools (HEALS)” legislative package -- as their latest stimulus proposal in response to the coronavirus, which is estimated to total approximately $1 trillion. The HEALS package is seen as a marker bill for negotiations with House Democrats, who passed an approximately $3.5 trillion relief package -- H.R. 6800, the “Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act” -- in mid-May. Negotiations on the final coronavirus relief package have been ongoing since the HEALS package introduction. This summary provides topline information on early childhood, K-12, and higher education funding provisions included in the HEALS package in comparison to the HEROES Act. Additionally, the summary provides an overview of the negotiations process to help understand key differences that must be resolved to reach a final agreement, as well as possible outcomes for those funding and policy provisions.