In May, the Democratically-controlled House of Representatives led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) passed the 1800-page Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act. At an astounding cost of more than $3 trillion, the HEROES Act was the single largest spending bill in U.S. history. While the legislation was ostensibly designed to help the nation cope with the economic fallout from the pandemic, it is in fact nothing more than an ideological wish list of radical policies and bailouts for connected special interest groups. But some of the most obscure provisions — such as language barring debt collectors from disconnecting utilities — would have devastating unintended consequences. Congress should wipe the slate clean on these half-baked ideas and pass a clean relief bill that would help those struggling the most.
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