WASHINGTON (KSMX)- U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Bob Casey (D-Penn.), and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) unveiled a proposal in wake of the ongoing health crisis dubbed the “Heroes Fund”.
Senate Democrats’ proposed “Heroes Fund” consists of two major components: a $25,000 premium pay increase for essential workers—including Tribal workers—equivalent to a raise of $13 per hour from the start of the public health emergency until December 31, and a $15,000 essential worker recruitment incentive to attract and secure the workforce needed to fight the public health crisis.
“Essential frontline workers in New Mexico, Indian Country, and across America are risking their own health to protect ours, to care for our loved ones, and to keep our communities safe and running. We owe these heroes – the health care workers, first responders, law enforcement, grocery clerks, delivery workers, and many others – more than just words of gratitude: we must make sure they are paid what they deserve,” Udall said.