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Rose Leads NY Delegation Push for FEMA to Fully Fund Reopening Costs

Rose is joined by Sens. Schumer, Gillibrand and eight NY Reps. in calling for FEMA to fully fund all outstanding funding requests, including workplace adaptations to allow safety and social distancing

Staten Island, July 17, 2020

Congressman Max Rose is leading a push calling for the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to absorb 100 percent of costs for approved COVID-19 related activities and to approve funding for the installation of workplace adaptations to allow people to safely return to work.


“Our state, our city, and our businesses have taken on incredible costs to do what was necessary to beat back the coronavirus pandemic—and now FEMA needs to step up,” Rose said. “This is an unprecedented time in our country, which calls for unprecedented measures and responses. FEMA has the authority to fully fund our requests. Now they need to act.”


Rose, a Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, spearheaded this push and was joined by Senators Charles E. Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, and New York Representatives Jerrold Nalder, Eliot L. Engel, Grace Meng, Adriano Espaillat, Hakeem Jeffries, Thomas R. Suozzi, Nydia M. Velázquez, and Carolyn B. Maloney.


“FEMA needs to step up and absorb 100% of the costs associated with all approved eligible activities,” wrote Rose and the New York lawmakers to FEMA Administrator Paul Gaynor. “You have the power to unburden states who have already been hit with huge budget shortfalls as a result of shutting down huge portions of the economy. Tomorrow, and in the coming weeks, we want people to safely return to work where they can. Part of this includes funding for workplace adaptations that will slow the spread of the virus. We are asking FEMA to approve funding for installation of physical barriers that will help socially distance employees from customers and visitors.”


Rose has led efforts to utilize the full force of the federal government to combat the coronavirus pandemic and ensure New York and all those impacted by this crisis are made whole. Rose has previously called on FEMA to waive the 25 percent state match for funding and to approve all outstanding requests by New York State for badly needed aid, including Individual Assistance, as well as to include pandemic response efforts as eligible for hazard mitigation funding.


Full text of the letter HERE.