Fullerton, Calif. – Tonight, the House passed the Heroes Act with bipartisan support, a vital piece of legislation to address the ongoing fallout of the COVID-19 crisis. The Heroes Act provides much-needed direct, flexible funding to states and local governments to avert dramatic cuts in services and includes several bipartisan provisions secured by Gil Cisneros. For many localities, emergency frontline workers like police, firefighters, and EMTs are the largest source of government spending. Without help from the federal government, cities will have to let first responders go, face dramatic cuts in public services, and weaken coronavirus response efforts.
Despite the urgent need for this aid, Young Kim opposes the Heroes Act, demonstrating how out of touch she continues to be with the needs of the people of our district. At a time when our district needs urgent help, Young Kim has called for more hearings, the textbook move of a career politician more interested in grandstanding than in delivering results. Meanwhile, local governments all across CA-39 are in desperate need of aid. In a letter sent to the President, Senate, and House of Representatives this week, the Orange County Board of Supervisors and Mayors called for urgent action to protect local public safety and more flexible funding for counties and cities and lobbied Congress to support the $3 trillion coronavirus response bill.
“Our local governments are on the frontlines of this pandemic and struggling with dramatic losses of revenue. While Congressman Cisneros is focused on delivering direct aid to 39th District cities and providing relief to hard-working families and small businesses, Young Kim is out of touch with the urgent needs of our district,” said Joe Farrell, campaign manager. “Instead of supporting a bipartisan bill, Young Kim would rather stand with Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump, who are more interested in helping corporations instead of our cities, jeopardizing the jobs of our courageous firefighters, police officers, and first responders. That’s not leadership. The last thing we need is to risk the livelihoods of our frontline workers and more cuts to local services in the middle of a pandemic.”
In addition to aid for cities, counties, and states, the Heroes Act includes funding for testing and treatment, small businesses, essential workers, education, and veterans. The Heroes Act also lifts the SALT cap.
To address the ongoing crisis, Cisneros has already brought back over $130 million in Coronavirus aid to CA-39, including $99 million for our students, universities and colleges, over $2.2 million in funding for CA-39 health centers and $31.5 million for CA-39 cities and counties.
Gil Cisneros is a former U.S. Naval Officer and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (2), the National Defense Medal, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for his exemplary service to his country. Gil is Advocate and co-founder of The Gilbert & Jacki Cisneros Foundation, an organization committed to improving the level of Hispanic education in the country. Gilbert’s dedication toward philanthropy began when he purchased a winning California Mega Millions lottery ticket in 2010. Gil and Jacki partnered with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the city of Pico Rivera, California to create Generation First Degree Pico Rivera, with the goal of putting a college degree in every Hispanic household in the city. Gil’s commitment to education led him to be appointed to former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative’s advisory board and President Obama’s Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
California’s 39th Congressional District, split between Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties, will be one of the most competitive districts in California. Hillary Clinton won the district by a whopping nine points.