WMFE is Central Florida's primary provider of NPR programming on 90.7 FM and Classical Music on 90.7 HD2. Part of the community since 1965, WMFE focuses on providing quality national and local news and programming. We inspire and empower all Central Floridians to discover, grow and engage within and beyond their world.
Support for 90.7 WMFE is provided by

Florida Democrats Call on Bipartisan Support of the HEROES Act Ahead of the Second Night of the Republican National Convention

Photo: Damir Spanic

Florida Democratic leaders today called on President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans to pass the HEROES Act, which would pump three trillion dollars in coronavirus relief funds through the economy.

Congressman Darren Soto says the HEROES Act would provide up to 1,200 dollars per person in another round of stimulus payments. 

Plus, Soto said it would offer 600 dollars a week in unemployment insurance to furloughed and laid-off workers until Jan. 2021. 

“We’re looking at unemployment numbers in Orange and Polk County in the mid-teens and a staggering 20 percent in Osceola County. This is critical. A lot of these jobs are tied to tourism which is particularly hard hit by the pandemic. So this unemployment is going to be the difference between people being able to make their ends meet and facing utter disaster.”

The Senate’s HEALS Act would also offer another round of stimulus checks, but it would only replace 70 percent of workers’ wages on unemployment. 

Soto said the HEROES Act would also extend a nationwide eviction and foreclosure moratorium for another year and provide 100 billion dollars in rental assistance along with 200 billion dollars in housing programs. 

“We pass this bill and we save Florida’s families from being thrown out in the streets including many Hispanic and African American families that have been hardest hit during the coronavirus pandemic.”

The Senate’s HEALS Act does not address the moratorium, which expired on July 24th. 

The comments come ahead of the second day of the Republican National Convention. Among this evening’s speakers are the President, Florida Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez and Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

If you’d like to listen to this story, click on the clips above.

Get The 90.7 WMFE Newsletter

Your trusted news source for the latest Central Florida news, updates on special programs and more.

Stay tuned in to our local news coverage: Listen to 90.7 WMFE on your FM or HD radio, the WMFE mobile app or your smart speaker — say “Alexa, play NPR” and you’ll be connected.

WMFE Journalistic Ethics Code | Public Media Code of Integrity

Danielle Prieur

About Danielle Prieur


Danielle Prieur is a general reporter for 90.7 News. She studied journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and interned at 101.9 WDET. She is originally from the metro Detroit area.