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Maloney Helps Advance New House Coronavirus Relief Bill

Oct 1, 2020
Press Release

Maloney Helps Advance New House Coronavirus Relief Bill
Hudson Valley County Executives voice support for critical state and local government funding

Washington, D.C. – Tonight, the House of Representatives passed an updated version of the Heroes Act, which reflects the needs of our communities as we recover from the pandemic and advances negotiations with the White House and Senate. This legislative package invests billions of dollars more in education. reopens the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses, and supports vital institutions like the United States Postal Service.

Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) supported the bill, and released the following statement:

“For over 130 days, Mitch McConnell has blocked the pandemic relief that every community in the Hudson Valley so badly needs, putting politics before the people.

“Tonight, the House of Representatives took action once again, passing an updated version of the Heroes Act that meets the needs of the country and includes support for our state and local governments, our schools, and our Main Streets. Hudson Valley’s County Executives agree – these funds are critically important, and we can’t move forward without them.

“I urge the White House and the Senate to stop their political games and work with us to get the American people the help they need now.”

The updated Heroes Act will:

  • Provide state and local governments $436 billion over the next year, helping local leaders on the frontlines of this pandemic pay our first responders, public health workers, EMTs, firefighters, and teachers - and protect essential community services we rely on.
    • New York State would receive an estimated $20.6 billion, and New York’s counties and municipalities would receive an estimated $15.2 billion over one year, including an estimated:
      • $103.7 million for Orange County
      • $79.2 million for Dutchess County
      • $26.4 million for Putnam County
      • $260.7 million for Westchester County
  • Send another round of Economic Impact Payments of $1,200 per qualifying individual and $500 per dependent, helping families with the economic burden of the pandemic.
  • Invest over $225 billion in our schools – including $182 billion for K-12 schools and nearly $39 billion for postsecondary education – and $57 billion to support child care for families so students, teachers, and school staff can learn and work safely during the pandemic.
  • Restore expanded federal unemployment benefits of $600 weekly through January, 2021 and prevent unemployed workers from exhausting their eligibility.
  • Bolster transit systems with over $30 billion of emergency funding, helping transit providers keep their buses and trains sanitized and protect the transportation services workers and communities rely on every day.
  • Increase testing, tracing and containment by dedicating $75 billion for coronavirus testing, contact tracing and isolation measures. The updated bill also includes $28 billion for procurement, distribution and education campaigns for a safe and effective vaccine.
  • Strengthen small businesses by improving the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to better support small businesses and non-profits, reopening the program and delivering targeted assistance to restaurants and live-venue operators.
  • Support our farmers and producers impacted by the pandemic, and address rising hunger with a 15% increase to the maximum SNAP benefit.
  • Protect workers by requiring OSHA to issue stronger standards for pandemic outbreak control and containment.
  • Safeguard our democracy with new resources for the United States Postal Service, funding to ensure safe elections, an accurate 2020 Census.

County Executives in New York’s 18th Congressional District welcomed the dedicated funding for state and local governments included in the House’s updated Heroes Act. Westchester County Executive George Latimer, Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, and Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell joined Rep. Maloney in releasing the following statements of support:

“The updated version of the Heroes Act is welcome news for Westchester County which was the original epicenter of the Coronavirus. The virus has permeated every part of our County, and we need the additional financial support for schools, small businesses, families and one year of dedicated funding for local governments – all desperately needed in Counties like Westchester. I urge the swift passage of the Heroes Act for the betterment of the people of this County,” said Westchester County Executive George Latimer.

“Funding from the Heroes Act would greatly assist Orange County in providing essential services to our community, while keeping local taxes under control, and avoiding the decimation of resources that our residents rely on. It would also make up for the budgetary shortfall caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. I encourage the Federal government to step up and provide this crucial financial assistance to help local municipalities weather this storm,” said Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus.

“County governments have been particularly hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and many have resorted to dire measures to safeguard the health and safety of their residents is not compromised by the rising cost of these uncertain times. The funds proposed in this latest Heroes Act bill will ensure local frontline workers – from first responders to public health workers to teachers – remain able to continue to provide the essential services for which the need has grown exponentially over the last six months. We thank Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney for hearing our collective needs and working to secure this critical funding, which will go a long way in helping us continue to battle this pandemic,” said Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro.

“Putnam County will be able to use funding from the Heroes Act to continue to provide crucial services to our constituents,” said Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell.

The House of Representatives passed the first iteration of the Heroes Act on May 15, 2020. Since, 139 days have passed without action from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.