May 28, 2020 Newsletter
On Tuesday, I joined with various stakeholders to introduce H.R. 7011, the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act of 2020 (PRIA). Millions of small businesses, nonprofits, mom-and-pop shops, retailers, and other businesses are being left out in cold and will never be able to financially recover from the coronavirus crisis because their business interruption insurance excludes pandemics. We cannot allow this to happen again. Also on Tuesday, I hosted a briefing for members of the Committee on Oversight and Reform with Christi A. Grimm, the Principal Deputy Inspector General (IG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), on her office’s ongoing oversight of HHS’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. And today, I joined with other committee chairs in sending a letter to Secretary of State Michael Pompeo seeking information about President Donald Trump’s decision to spend U.S. taxpayer funds to purchase ventilators from Russian President Vladimir Putin that are not only unsafe for use in the United States, but were manufactured by a subsidiary of a Russian company currently under U.S. sanctions.
May 26, 2020 Newsletter
Today, I am hosting a briefing for members of the Committee on Oversight and Reform with Christi Grimm, the Principal Deputy Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS IG), on resource challenges hospitals have faced during the coronavirus crisis and the Trump Administration's response.
May 23, 2020 Newsletter
On Thursday, the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis heard directly from essential workers and their loved ones during a briefing on the crisis's effect on frontline heroes. Yesterday, I joined with other House Committees to ask the President about recent reports that the Administration is providing critical, life-saving ventilators to Russia when they are urgently needed here in the United States to combat the coronavirus crisis and save American lives.
May 21, 2020 Newsletter
Today, the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis is holding a briefing on the impact of the crisis on frontline heroes during which we will hear directly from essential workers and their loved ones.
May 19, 2020 Newsletter
As we continue to contend with the effects of COVID-19, I want to thank essential workers for the work they are doing and the sacrifices they are making. That is why I am continuing to build support for my Student Loan Forgiveness for Frontline Health Workers Act and Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act.
May 16, 2020 Newsletter
On Friday, I spoke on the House floor in support of the Heroes Act, urgently-needed legislation to protect the lives and livelihoods of the American people and pillars of our democracy.
May 15, 2020 Newsletter
Today, I am in Washington, DC to vote on the Heroes Act and new procedures to make remote voting and hearings possible in the House. Yesterday, I pressed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) yet again for information on the Administration’s inability to prevent the now deadly spread of coronavirus in detention centers housing detainees. Despite the Oversight Committee's repeated attempts to secure information, ICE has failed to fully respond to our requests.
May 14, 2020 Newsletter
This morning, I joined with my collegaues and union leaders to announce the introduction of the Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act. Modeled after the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), this new fund would provide compensation for injuries to any individual, or their families, who are deemed an essential worker and required to leave their home to perform services and who have become ill or died as a result of COVID-19.
May 13, 2020 Newsletter
Today, the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis holds our first briefing with a bipartisan group of key experts on the requirements for safely reopening our nation during the coronavirus pandemic. I am very proud that so many priorities of the Committee on Oversight and Reform were included in the Heroes Act introduced by House Democrats yesterday, including funding for the Postal Service, reforms and oversight provisions for the 2020 Census, and provisions to protect the independence of Inspectors General. I will be joining with my New York Delegation colleagues to introduce Governor Cuomo's proposed Americans First Law to help prevent coporate bailouts following the COVID-19 pandemic.