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.
May 12, 2020 Newsletter
The Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis will hold our first briefing tomorrow, Wednesday, May 13 with a bipartisan group of key experts on the requirements for safely reopening our nation during the coronavirus pandemic.
May 11, 2020 Newsletter
Today, I sent a letter to President Trump asking him to fulfill his commitment to New York State by authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to cover the full costs of our emergency response to the coronavirus pandemic. New York is the worst-hit state in the nation and we cannot afford further delays in receiving the federal funding we need and has been promised to combat this public health crisis.
May 10, 2020 Newsletter
On Friday, I joined 30 of my colleages in urging Speaker Pelosi and Leader McCarthy to include payment relief for federal and private student loan borrowers. Student debt was already crushing 45 million Americans and the economic fallout caused by the coronavirus crisis is only making this burden heavier.
May 9, 2020 Newsletter
Yesterday, in our first official action since being established by the House of Representatives, the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, reached out to large, public corporations to demand that they immediately return taxpayer funds that Congress intended for small businesses struggling to survive during the coronavirus crisis. Also on Friday, I hosted a video briefing with retired Lieutenant General Russel L. Honoré, who was appointed by President George W. Bush to lead a unified taskforce in response to Hurricane Katrina, on lessons from Katrina that could improve the Trump Administration’s response to the coronavirus crisis.
May 8, 2020 Newsletter
Yesterday, I requested information from Eric Trump, the Executive Vice President of the Trump Organization and son of U.S. President Donald J. Trump, on the Trump Organization’s recent request for financial benefits from domestic and foreign government entities during the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Last week, I joined with Congresswoman Grace Meng and other members of the New York delegation to call on House leadership to provide targeted aid to small grocers and those who rely on them in the next coronavirus aid package. Our city's 13,000 bodegas and independent grocers are an integral part of our city and need our support.
May 7, 2020 Newsletter
Today, I urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow men who have sex with men (MSM) and who have recovered from coronavirus to safely donate plasma in support of treatment research efforts. To ensure that efforts to develop an effective coronavirus treatment can proceed unhindered, the FDA should immediately modify its deferral recommendations so that all gay and bisexual men who have recovered from coronavirus and can safely donate plasma to support treatment research efforts are able to do so.
May 6, 2020 Newsletter
Today, I joined with my colleagues in the New York delegation to propose that hospitals establish Compassionate Companion Volunteer Programs to help connect patients with loved ones and provide companionship for those without families members available to be by them while they are hospitalized.