Chairwoman Maloney Issues Statement Supporting Budget Resolution
Washington, D.C. (Feb. 3, 2021)—Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, issued the following statement in support of H. Con. Res. 11, the budget resolution that will direct the resources to tackle the public health and economic crises stemming from the coronavirus pandemic:
“I rise today in strong support of this Budget Resolution. The pandemic has left millions of Americans hungry, homeless, or unable to make rent and mortgage payments. This resolution would provide critical support that is, quite literally, life or death. It’s a time to make life better for Americans who are hurting, using every tool available to us. From extending eviction and foreclosure moratoriums, to supporting public transit like the Metropolitan Transportation Authority so my constituents can still get to work and healthcare appointments, we must act holistically.
“Upon passage, the Oversight Committee will immediately get to work on one of the most important aspects of this package—providing desperately needed funding for states, local governments, tribes, and territories. This money will allow these governments to help distribute vaccines, expand testing, keep frontline workers employed, and maintain vital services. It will also keep our economy afloat by allowing states, local governments, tribes, and territories to avoid laying off their employees en masse.
“The Committee will include expanded emergency paid leave for federal employees, available for those who need to quarantine, isolate, or need to provide care due to the coronavirus. We also will include funding for oversight and transparency efforts to ensure every taxpayer dollar included in this package is spent on its intended purpose.
“The President’s American Rescue plan would deal a decisive blow to this devastating pandemic, providing the resources that our families, communities, and economy need to survive. We must do everything we can, as fast as we can, to get vaccines in arms, to get resources to struggling communities, and to get Americans back to work.”