Maloney Highlights Need for COVID Rental Relief on House Floor

Mar 3, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), today spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives to highlight the need for rental relief for New Yorkers and called for the swift passage of the American Rescue Plan in the Senate. The American Rescue Plan would provide more than $20 billion in emergency rental and utility assistance, building on the $25 billion provided in the December relief package.


In March 2020, at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Congresswoman Maloney secured a moratorium on all foreclosures and evictions from properties owned, insured, or overseen by 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 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) after making a request to these agencies, in which she was joined by 106 of her House colleagues.


The Congresswoman’s remarks are below.

“Mr. Speaker,


“I rise today on behalf of New York’s renters and the far too many families who are struggling as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic -- hardworking New Yorkers who have lost their jobs and closed their businesses – through no fault of their own, and are now are struggling, too, to pay their rent.


“The American Rescue Plan would provide more than $20 billion in total for emergency rental and utility assistance. This is in addition to the $25 billion provided in the December package.


“The House took bold action last week by passing the American Rescue Plan, and I call on the Senate to pass it immediately and get it to the President’s desk.


“This is the lifeline our families and businesses so desperately need. Hope and health are on the way.


“I yield back.”