DC Update - Fighting for Renters, Our City, and Voters
I’m writing to you with another update after a busy week in Washington, DC. As Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader Schumer work to negotiate the next COVID relief package, I am doing all I can to keep people in their homes and get our city the resources it needs to recover from the COVID crisis. I am also working to ensure that all voters have access to vote-from-home ballots and that those who wish to vote in person will be able to do so safely under clear guidance from the CDC. More on these and other updates below.
Urging All NYers to Get Counted and Protecting the Census from Trump’s Manipulations
Earlier this week, I joined NYC Census 2020 Director Julie Menin to urge every single New Yorker to get counted in the 2020 Census. As New York continues to trail behind the national Census self-response rate, it is more important than ever we all respond to the 2020 Census so that our city and state receives the funding and representation we are due under the law – and which we will need during our COVID recovery.
On Wednesday, I chaired an emergency Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on the Trump Administration’s latest attempt to ban undocumented immigrants from the 2020 Census. At the hearing, I asked four former Census Directors, who have served in both Republican and Democratic administrations, if the President’s July 21st memo seeking to exclude undocumented immigrants from the apportionment count violated the law and the Constitution. They all testified, “yes.”
We cannot and we will not allow Trump to illegally manipulate the Census for his own political and partisan gain. If you haven’t yet, please visit my2020census.gov, call 844-330-2020, or fill out the paper Census you received in the mail today!
The GOP COVID-19 Proposal is Recklessly Inadequate
Earlier this week, Senate Republicans revealed their COVID-19 legislation. This bill is a statement of values, and what it shows is that Senate Republicans value businesses over people. Ten weeks ago, the House passed the Heroes Act – a comprehensive bill to help our country as COVID-19 continues to cripple our economy and steal lives. And yet, instead of acting on that bill at some point over the last three months, Senate Republicans have instead crafted a proposal which fails to deliver meaningful relief for the American people and instead includes tax breaks for corporations.
We need to extend the $600 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, not slash it to $200 per week; we need to extend the eviction moratorium, not turn our backs on renters who are facing financial uncertainty through no fault of their own; and we need to support schools to operate in the way medical and infectious disease experts deem best, not force them to open while ignoring science.
With the 2020 General Election right around the corner, we need to provide support to the Postal Service and to states for election security and operations so that people can vote safely from their homes, instead of standing in crowded lines at polling places.
And with the 2020 Census delayed by COVID-19, we need to extend the deadlines for the Census Bureau to produce the final count, as the Administration has requested.
We must meet the needs of the American people, and we need to do it now, which is why I continue to call on the Senate to vote on and pass the Heroes Act.
Ensuring Voter Safety and Integrity of the Upcoming General Election
As I continue to fight for adequate funding for the Postal Service so that it has the resources necessary to meet the projected unprecedented participation in vote-by-mail in November and to make sure all voters have the ability to vote from home and have access to expanded early voting, today, I asked members of the national coronavirus taskforce to issue safety guidelines for the upcoming general election in November.
Since some states do not currently have vote-from-home options, and some people prefer to vote in person, it is imperative that the taskforce issue clear guidelines for the professionals working in the boards of elections across the country and the people participating in voting.
Dr. Fauci committed to discussing this issue at a future taskforce meeting and Dr. Redfield noted that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is looking at the Wisconsin primary to determine what updates are needed to the previously issued guidance.
Dr. Redfield noted that, “We’re trying to make sure that polling centers and people that go to polling centers to vote understand the importance of the guidance we can give.”
You can watch our exchange here.
Working to Protect Renters and Homeowners In the Midst of the COVID Economic Crisis
As I continue to work with House Democratic colleagues to provide rental assistance and relief to those struggling across the country, on Thursday, I called on the Trump Administration to extend the eviction and foreclosure moratorium due to expire on August 31.
Renters and homeowners need to know they wont be kicked out of their homes come September 1. I am urging Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to extend the moratorium until at least December 31. The initial moratorium was put in place following the my March 17 request to these agencies, which was signed by 106 of my House colleagues.
You can read more about this request here.
Oversight of Gilead’s Taxpayer-Funded COVID-19 Treatment
On Tuesday, I joined with Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI) to ask the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate the discovery and development of Remdesivir – the first drug authorized to treat COVID-19. Gilead, the company that owns the drug, collected more than $22.4 billion in total revenue and generated more than $5.3 billion in profit last year. Remdesivir was developed with an estimated $70 million in federal funding, and Gilead relied on key scientific contributions from government scientists. Despite investing significant resources in the development of Remdesivir, the federal government is now expected to spend billions of dollars purchasing the drug. You can read more about our request here.
COVID-19 in NYC
New York State:
New York City:
Confirmed deaths: 18,906
Probable deaths: 4,625
Pre-Licensing Driving Courses Available Online
The DMV has issued guidance to driving schools allowing them to conduct the driver's ed courses online.
New states have been added to the state's travel advisory list, bringing the total to 36 states and jurisdictions. Individuals traveling from these areas must quarantine for 14 days upon arriving in New York State.
- District of Columbia
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Puerto Rico
- South Carolina
More information available here.
As always, your concerns still and always remain my top priority. Please do not hesitate to email me through my website.
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Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress
This Week’s Key Votes
S. 2163, the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys Act
This bill will establish a 19-member commission examining the social disparities that disproportionately affect Black males in America. More here.
H.R. 7027, the Child Care is Essential Act, and H.R. 7327, the Child Care for Economic Recovery Act
These bills create a $50 billion Child Care Stabilization Fund and provide critical federal investments and tax subsidies to make child care more affordable, allowing parents to get back to work. This funding gives child care providers across NYC the resources they need to safely reopen. More here.
AOC’s Amendment to Ban the Military from Using Gaming Platform for Recruiting Purposes
Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez’s amendment would prevent federal funding from being used for military recruitment via video games and in schools. These tactics are disproportionately used to recruit low-income students and young adults. While I was proud to vote for this amendment, unfortunately it was defeated 126-292.
Underwood Amendment Preventing Federal Funding Being Used in Anti-ACA Lawsuit
This amendment would prevent the Department of Justice from using any federal funds for the Trump Administration’s lawsuit to strike down the ACA. The amendment was accepted into the appropriations minibus legislation funding the Department of Justice, which passed the House today. More here.