Apr 15, 2020 Newsletter
Last night, after President Trump's announcement that he would be suspending our funding to the World Health Organization (WHO), I joined with Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, the Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee on National Security, in urging the President to immediately restore funding, especially during this global pandemic. I am also continuing to monitor the Administration's response to the coronavirus crisis and the Oversight Committee is continuing our oversight work of the various agencies responding to the pandemic.
Apr 14, 2020 Newsletter
As Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, I continue to monitor the progress of 2020 Census. In light of the Administration's announcement yesterday of a delay in field work due to coronavirus, I am seeking additional information from the Census Bureau. Today, I joined with House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters and Oversight Economic and Consumer Policy Subcommittee Chairman Raja Krishnamoorthi to request information from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) on the agency’s preparedness for a financial crisis as coronavirus poses a threat to the stability of the nation’s economy.
Apr 13, 2020 Newsletter
As the USPS continues to provide essential services to Americans across the country, I am working to make sure this vital service gets the funding it needs in our next coronavirus relief package. I am also working with my colleagues and staff to make sure that the small businesses in our community can access the support they need and deserve as we all contend with the economic effects of social distancing and our efforts to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. The Paycheck Protection Program needs more funding and must be accessible and available to all small businesses -- including those that are minority and women-owned.
Apr 11, 2020 Newsletter
On Thursday, I hosted a Committee on Oversight and Reform video briefing with Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan on the devastating impact the coronavirus crisis has had on the finances of the Postal Service and the steps Congress and the President must take to ensure continued delivery of essential information, packages, and services. And yesterday, on Friday, April 10, I led my fellow House Chairs in a letter condemning President Donald Trump’s assault on Inspectors General (IGs) and requesting direct input from the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency on legislative and other proposals to increase the independence of IGs and protect them from retaliation. More on this and other updates from New York State and New York City below.
Apr 9, 2020 Newsletter
Today, I announced that I will be introducing the Student Debt Forgiveness for Frontline Health Care Workers Act to alleviate the burden of graduate student loan debt for frontline health care workers and help attract medical professionals in various specialties to lend their expertise to the response to COVID-19. Yesterday, the Oversight Committee released a new document from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) detailing the Administration’s insufficient distribution of personal protective equipment and critical medical supplies to states from the Strategic National Stockpile. More on these and other updates from the city and state below.
Apr 8, 2020 Newsletter
Today, I released new legislation in response to President Trump's removal yesterday of Acting Pentagon Inspector General Glenn Fine from the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC). The President's removal of IG Fine is only the latest in a string of actions against inspectors general. These actions are an insult to American taxpayers -- of all political stripes -- who want to make sure that their tax dollars are being spent effectively and efficiently, and not on wasteful boondoggles or political favors. Yesterday, I called for the release of non-violent immigrant detainees to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in detention facilities and urged House leadership to provide meaningful relief for the Postal Service in future coronavirus relief legislation so that we can provide this national service with the help it needs to keep operating. More on all this and updates from the State and City below.
Apr 7, 2020 Newsletter
Today, I led the New York City Delegation in a letter to NYCHA calling on the agency to improve its response to the coronavirus pandemic and address residents' concerns. New York City continutes to increase hospital bed capacity with 500 beds on the USNS Comfort, which is now treating COVID-19 patients, and the opening of South Beach Psychiatric Center in Staten Island and the Brooklyn Center Temporary Hospital, both of which are exclusively for COVID-19 patients.
Apr 6, 2020 Newsletter
Governor Cuomo has extended the NY PAUSE executive order until April 29. The State is working to redeploy ventilators across the state to help those hospitals in most need. New York City Parks has closed all dog runs and parks until further notice. Parks remain open to dogs but they must remain on leash. Please continue to practice social distancing.
Apr 5, 2020 Newsletter
Today, both military and the Governor are taking actions to help New York build up our healthcare force as we contend with the coronavirus. The Pentagon is deploying an additonal 1,100 doctors and nurses to New York State and the Governor is issuing an Executive Order allowing medical students that are slated to graduate to begin practing immediately.