Maloney Statement on Senate Republicans’ Recklessly Inadequate COVID-19 Proposal
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement after Senate Republicans unveiled their proposed 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 this 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. The Senate needs to vote on and pass the Heroes Act.”