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Maloney Statement on House Passage of Third Coronavirus Emergency Relief Bill

Mar 27, 2020
Press Release

Maloney Statement on House Passage of Third Coronavirus Emergency Relief Bill

Washington, D.C. - Today, the House of Representatives passed Congress’s third coronavirus emergency relief bill, a $2.2 trillion package that will provide direct financial assistance and expand unemployment benefits for New York families. The bill also provides state and local governments, hospitals, and small businesses the resources they need during the coronavirus pandemic.

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) released the following statement: 

“My top priority during this pandemic is getting Hudson Valley families and small businesses the help they need – quickly and efficiently.

“This bipartisan bill is unprecedented in size and scale, and is like no other stimulus or relief package ever passed by Congress. It will send direct cash payments to millions of New Yorkers, expand unemployment and forgivable small business loan programs, and get urgently needed supplies to our hospitals and clinics on the frontlines.

“As this measure lifts up our neighbors, it also rekindles my belief in working across the aisle to achieve bipartisan progress for our country.

“This bill will help protect those who need it most - but our work is not yet done. We must immediately begin work on the next package to provide additional support and relief to New York.”

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) passed the Senate unanimously on Wednesday. The bill now heads to the President’s desk to be signed. 

In addition to sending $150 billion to state and local governments to help access urgently needed resources, the CARES Act provides: 

  • $260 Billion in Expanded Unemployment Benefits:  The CARES Act includes numerous provisions to improve unemployment benefits for laid-off or furloughed New Yorkers, including providing an additional $600 per week for the next four weeks, providing an additional 13 weeks of federally funded benefits, and expanding eligibility to include New York workers in the gig economy and self-employed workers.
  • Direct Cash Payments to New York Individuals and Families: The CARES Act provides direct cash payments of $1,200 for individuals, plus $500 for each child, which begins to phase out at an annual income of $75,000 (through $99,000) for an individual and $150,000 for a household.  These payments will provide New Yorkers with the cash they need right now and kickstart the economy.  
  • Nearly $200 Billion for Hospitals, Community Health Centers, and Equipment for Health Care Workers:  The CARES Act provides an investment of about $200 billion in our hospitals, health systems, and health research, including expanding funding for the personal protective equipment desperately needed by our health care workers, including ventilators, masks, gowns, gloves, etc., and grants to expand telehealth medicine. 
  • Forgivable Loans and Disaster Grants for Small Business Owners:  New York’s Small Businesses make up 99.8% of business in the state. The CARES Act provides more than $377 billion in relief for these small businesses and nonprofits, including $349 billion for forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees and keep them on the payroll; $17 billion for debt relief for current and new SBA borrowers; and $10 billion in immediate disaster grants.
  • $4.35 billion to New York in Transportation Funds: $3.8 billion of those funds will be used for exclusively for the MTA, which has seen steep declines in ridership and expensive sanitation efforts related to COVID-19. Amtrak will receive approximately $1 billion to meet funding needs after a decline of ridership on the Northeast Corridor and long-distance routes due to COVID-19. 
  • Expanded Access to Food, and Support for Hudson Valley Farmers: The CARES Act expands nutrition assistance programs like SNAP, the Children Nutrition Program and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) by $15 billion, and provides $9.5 billion in emergency funds to support agriculture producers impacted by the pandemic. 
  • Increased Funds for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the National Guard: The CARES Act dedicates $19.5 billion to the VA for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), direct medical care and telehealth medicine support. The bill also provides the National Guard with funds to support hard-hit states like New York, where approximately 2,200 members of the National Guard have already been activated to help hospitals and local governments.
  • Additional Emergency Appropriations: including increased funds for the Strategic National Stockpile, which houses badly needed medical equipment and respirators; homelessness grants, education funds for students now learning remotely, childcare grants, and election grants. 

The CARES Act also includes robust worker and transparency protection on government loans, restricting increases to CEO and executive compensation, a prohibition on businesses controlled by elected officials in getting grants or loans from the Treasury during this pandemic, and preventing stock buybacks or dividends for the length of any loan provided by the Treasury. The bill also protects collective bargaining agreements and establishes watchdog agencies and committees in the Treasury and Congress to protect taxpayer dollars.  

In Case You Missed It: 

Last evening, Rep. Maloney held a Telephone Town Hall with Dr. Avi Silber from Cornerstone Family Health Care. Constituents across New York’s 18th Congressional District asked a variety of questions related to coronavirus testing, prevention and containment, assistance resources for Hudson Valley small businesses, and ways Rep. Maloney’s office can help during the pandemic. 

Rep. Maloney’s office has a team of dedicated staff trained to help New Yorkers in the Hudson Valley who need assistance cutting through government red tape. Rep. Maloney’s office can help with issues like:

  • Working with the Social Security Administration and Medicare
  • Accessing SNAP Benefits and nutrition assistance programs
  • Connecting with doctors and medical staff at the VA 
  • Signing up for unemployment insurance 
  • Getting help from the State Department 
  • Applying for a Disaster or Emergency Loan from the Small Business Association
  • Working with state and county governments

For more information and to fill out a privacy release form, visit Rep. Maloney’s website and click GET HELP on the homepage, or call 845-561-1259. Due to federal law, his office can only assist people who are residents of New York’s 18th Congressional District. 

COVID-19 Resources:
More information about how to prevent, contain and treat the spread of the coronavirus can be found on Rep. Maloney’s website: seanmaloney.house.gov/coronavirus-emergency-response. Constituents can also sign up for email updates on the coronavirus and upcoming town halls by visiting seanmaloney.house.gov/contact.

New York State’s coronavirus hotline is: 1-888-364-3065. More information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can be found by visiting www.coronavirus.gov.