The House of Representatives passed H.R. 6800, the Heroes Act, on Friday night by a narrow margin, 208-to-199. The bill would grant deferred action and work authorization to illegal aliens, working in "critical infrastructure" occupations, until 90 days after the end of the declared national emergency. The bill would also extend the expiration dates for nonimmigrant visas and work permits, fast-track the importation of foreign health care workers, and allow stimulus checks from the CARES Act to be issued to illegal aliens.

While the bill passed mostly along party lines, with most Democrats voting in favor of the legislation and all but one Republican voting against the bill, 14 Democrats did buck their party's leadership in opposing the legislation.

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) was the lone Republican to vote in favor of H.R. 6800.

The following Democrats voted against the bill:

  • Rep. Abby Finkenauer (IA-01)
  • Rep. Cynthia Axne (IA-03)
  • Rep. Sharice Davids (KS-03)
  • Rep. Jared Golden (ME-02)
  • Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (NM-02)
  • Rep. Kendra Horn (OK-05)
  • Rep. Kurt Schrader (OR-05)
  • Rep. Susan Wild (PA-07)
  • Rep. Conor Lamb (PA-17)
  • Rep. Joe Cunningham (SC-01)
  • Rep. Ben McAdams (UT-04)
  • Rep. Elaine Luria (VA-02)
  • Rep. Abigail Spanberger (VA-07)
  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07)

Before the final floor vote, Republicans offered a Motion to Recommit, which would have disallowed stimulus checks from going to most illegal aliens. The motion failed, 209-to-198 with 13 of the 14 Democrats who voted against the legislation supporting the Motion to Recommit. Progressive Rep. Jayapal voted against the motion.

It's unlikely the Senate will bring the bill to the floor for a vote.


Updated: Sun, May 31st 2020 @ 3:50pm EDT