Chairwoman Maloney Issues Floor Statement in Support of Heroes Act

May 15, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (May 15, 2020)—Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, delivered the following remarks, as prepared for delivery, on the House Floor in support of H.R. 6800, The Heroes Act:


Watch Chairwoman Maloney’s floor statement.


Floor Statement of Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney
Committee on Oversight and Reform
H.R. 6800, The Heroes Act
(As Prepared for Delivery)
May 15, 2020



I thank my friend from New York for yielding the time.


I rise in strong support of the Heroes Act.


This bill will provide $100 billion in total relief to New York State – emergency aid that is desperately needed by the state that is on the frontline of our national fight against coronavirus.


There is more than $17 billion that will flow directly to New York City whose people continue to inspire the country with their resilience, courage and compassion.


The Act includes critical support for renters, which is especially important in my district


For people who have lost their jobs, the Federal government will pay their rent for them with a $100 billion fund.


As Chair of the Oversight Committee, I led a bipartisan effort to save the Postal Service from financial ruin - this bill will provide $25 billion to ensure that it can continue serving the American public during this crisis. 


I thank the numerous members on both sides of the aisle who have joined me in supporting that funding.


This emergency assistance will mean that the we can avoid drastic service cuts at a time when American lives depend on the mail more and more every single day.


In addition, recognizing that Congress has a constitutional responsibility to ensure a fair and accurate Census, this bill extends certain reporting deadlines.


The Administration has asked for this delay as a result of the coronavirus crisis, which caused key operations of the 2020 Census to be postponed.


The bill would also enhance Congressional oversight of Census operations.


This administration has fought legitimate oversight tooth and nail and the bill has added protections for this essential function. 


Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I urge my colleagues to vote yes on this urgent legislation.


116th Congress