November 23, 2020 Press Release
“Today’s decision is an overdue but critical step in allowing our country to have an effective, secure and peaceful transition of power. It should not have required Congressional pressure to force the Trump administration to recognize the election results, but we are pleased the matter has been resolved."
Today, Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey, Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Appropriations Committee’s Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee Chairman Mike Quigley, and Oversight and Reform Committee’s Government Operations Subcommittee Chairman Gerald E. Connolly sent a letter insisting that General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Emily Murphy brief them tomorrow on her ongoing refusal to grant the Biden-Harris Transition Team access to critical services and facilities specified in the Presidential Transition Act of 1963 and millions of dollars in funding that Congress appropriated on October 1, 2020, for transition activities under the Act.
Today, House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey, House Budget Chairman John Yarmuth, and House Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney published funding documents obtained from the Trump Administration’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that show the White House withheld expiring funds via an apportionment footnote – the same tactic used by President Trump to illegally withhold Ukraine security assistance. This year, OMB used an apportionment footnote to freeze accounts that fund the United States’ contributions to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Chairs Also Planning Potential Public Hearing with Administrator, Deputy, Chief of Staff, and General Counsel
Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Rep. Nita M. Lowey, Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Appropriations Committee’s Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Mike Quigley, and Oversight and Reform Committee’s Government Operations Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Gerald E. Connolly sent a letter demanding that General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Emily Murphy personally brief the Chairs and their Ranking Members by November 23, 2020, regarding her ongoing refusal to grant the Biden-Harris Transition Team access to critical services and facilities specified in the Presidential Transition Act of 1963 and millions of dollars in funding that Congress appropriated on October 1, 2020, for transition activities under the Act.
In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Vice Chairwoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Subcommittee Members Grace Meng (D-NY), David Price (D-NC), Lois Frankel (D-FL) and Norma Torres (D-CA) urged the Trump Administration to suspend their decision to pause all diversity and inclusion training at State Department and USAID.
October 26, 2020 Press Release
“The State Department has a legal obligation under the Federal Records Act to create and retain documentation of the Department’s actions, including by the Secretary and his inner circle. Congress has every right to review those official records. Whether it’s before Secretary Pompeo’s departure or afterwards, the truth about this administration’s corruption will come out.”
October 11, 2020 Press Release
“Set against the ongoing health crisis and the economic carnage wrought by the coronavirus, the Trump administration’s latest offer is woefully inadequate. It ignores science-based solutions to crush the virus and shortchanges state and local governments that provide most services Americans depend on."
October 6, 2020 Press Release
"It is profoundly disturbing that President Trump has abandoned ongoing bipartisan talks. His tweets announcing this decision reveal that his only concern now is a desperate attempt to fill Justice Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court. I can only assume this rush is motivated by a desire to have conservative justices in place to bless his ongoing attempts to steal the election in November and to quickly overturn the Affordable Care Act, kicking millions of Americans off their health care in the middle of this pandemic."
October 1, 2020 Press Release
Legislation Formalizes House Proffer in Bipartisan Negotiations
The House today passed, on a 214 to 207 vote, an updated version of The Heroes Act, addressing needs that have developed since the House passed an earlier iteration and formalizing House Democrats’ proffer in ongoing negotiations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
October 1, 2020 Press Release
"As Speaker Pelosi and Secretary Mnuchin continue their negotiations, the House’s consideration of this legislation formalizes this body’s proffer in these negotiations. To that end, we have updated the earlier version of The Heroes Act by including strengthened support for small businesses, additional assistance for airline industry workers, and more funds for the children – for schools, postsecondary education, and child care."