On Friday, May 15, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a three trillion dollar coronavirus relief bill entitled the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions, or HEROES, Act. The bill passed on a 208-199 vote, but many among the Democrats’ left flank, including Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Mark Pocan, expressed disappointment that the final bill did not include things such as paycheck guarantees, automatic unemployment insurance extensions or recurring, ongoing stimulus checks. Watered down though it may be, the bill does include some welcome relief for ordinary citizens — but faces a difficult road in the Republican-held Senate. Rebecca Newman is a professor of economics at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She joined Monday Buzz host Brian Standing on May 19, 2020.