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Maloney Helps Pass Critically-Needed Coronavirus Relief Legislation

Dec 21, 2020
Press Release

Maloney Helps Pass Critically-Needed Coronavirus Relief Legislation

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) helped pass a bipartisan, bicameral COVID-19-relief bill that will provide critically-needed relief for New York families, health care providers, farmers, and small businesses.

“As the roll-out of the vaccine begins nationwide, it is crucial our health care systems are supported and prepared to distribute the vaccine quickly. With jobless claims rising and the eviction moratorium set to expire, delivering relief to Americans in-need is a must.

“Under this bipartisan bill, our health care providers will receive billions so they can continue the fight against this virus, our schools will get assistance so they can safely reopen, our farmers and those who are food insecure will receive targeted help, and our transit systems – like Metro-North – will be supported. Hudson Valley families and individuals will also receive targeted help, with another round of direct cash payments totaling $2,400 for a family of four, expanded unemployment benefits, and rental assistance for those facing homelessness.

“This bill will deliver over $54 billion of assistance to New York families who need help now. After months of inaction by the Senate and the White House, this is ultimately a positive step in the right direction – but it’s just the start. Mitch McConnell may have blocked funding for state and local governments in this bill, but our fight on this critical funding isn’t over. Under the Biden Administration, we will deliver more assistance to every American impacted by this pandemic, and help our communities build back stronger and better than before,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.

The $900 billion bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill was attached to the annual spending package, and provides dedicated funding for COVID-19 vaccine distribution, assistance for small businesses and schools, extends enhanced unemployment benefits, supports our farmers and tackles food insecurity, and provides an additional round of direct cash payments, among many other provisions. New York State is expected to receive an estimated $54 billion in relief funds from this package.

The bipartisan COVID relief bill will:

  • Dedicate $20 billion to procure the vaccine, nearly $9 billion to distribute the vaccine, and $22 billion for state testing and tracing programs. This fund will also support our health care heroes who are providing care and testing, and portions of the funds are dedicated to underserved communities of color and rural areas. Additionally, the bill secures over $3 billion for GAVI, the international vaccine alliance. New York is expected to receive an estimated $1.6 billion in vaccine distribution and virus mitigation funds.
  • Invest over $82 billion in our schools, with over $54 billion going to elementary and secondary schools, and over $22 billion going to institutions of higher education. This bill also includes dedicated funds to update HVAC systems so schools can safely reopen, and $10 billion for child care assistance grants to help parents get back to work. New York State is expected to receive 5.8 billion in emergency education funds.
  • Support New York State governments with $13+ billion of critical aid.
  • Send another round of Economic Impact Payments of $600 to qualifying individuals making up to $75,000 a year. The credit phases out starting at $75,000 at a rate of $5 per $100 of additional income. A qualifying family of four would receive $2,400 in direct cash assistance.
  • Protect families facing homelessness by extending the eviction moratorium to January 31, 2020, and providing $25 billion in critically-needed rental assistance.
  • Restore expanded federal unemployment benefits of $300 weekly, and extend Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) through March 14, 2021.
  • Strengthen small businesses by reopening the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) with an additional $284 billion, creating a second draw PPP loan for harder hit businesses,  as well as an additional $20 billion for Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program grants targeted to low-income communities. This bill will also improve the PPP to better support nonprofits, independent restaurants, live-venue operators, local newspapers, TV and radio broadcasters. Additionally, dedicated PPP funds will help very small businesses through community-based lenders like Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs).
  • Bolster transit systems with over $45 billion of emergency funding, helping transit providers, including the MTA, protect the transportation services workers and communities rely on every day.
  • Dedicate $13 billion for our farmers and producers impacted by the pandemic, and address hunger by increasing SNAP and child nutrition benefits by 15 percent for six months. The bill also funds the Commodity Food Assistance Program, which serves hungry seniors.
  • Increase access to broadband by providing $7 billion to families, students, and workers who need the internet to learn, work and connect during the pandemic. This fund also includes $250 million for telehealth expansion.
  • Fight the rise in opioid addiction and substance abuse with $4 billion of dedicated funding for substance abuse programs.

Several tax credits were strengthened in the bipartisan legislative package, including: the Low Incoming Housing Tax Credit, to help increase affordable housing construction; the Earned Income and the Child Tax Credits, ensuring families who faced unemployment or reduced wages during the pandemic are able to receive a strong tax credit based on their 2019 income; the Paid Sick Leave Tax Credit to support employers offering paid sick leave; and the extension of the Employee Retention Tax Credit, to help keep workers on the payroll during COVID-related closures and reduced revenue.

The House of Representatives has worked throughout the pandemic to deliver relief for the people. The House passed the Heroes Act on May 15, 2020, and an updated version of the Heroes Act on October 1, 2020. The Senate has obstructed both COVID-19 relief bills passed by the House.