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WASHINGTON - Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-14) made the following statement today after voting for the “Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act” (S.5), which passed the House, 247 to 176:
WASHINGTON - To end the Bush Administration’s refusal to fund programs that could help save the lives of millions of women and babies around the world, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) reintroduced the “Repairing Young Women’s Lives around the World Act” (H.R. 2114). The bipartisan bill would mandate $34 million to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to prevent, treat, and renew the hopes of women suffering from obstetric fistula, a horrific and debilitating condition found predominantly in sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Arab States.
Champion of Federal Women’s Health Offices Denounces Large Budget Cut for FDA Office of Women’s Health
WASHINGTON, DC – As the Washington Post reported today, the Food and Drug Administration has quietly decided to strip $1.2 million out of its Office of Women’s Health’s $4 million budget. This drastic cut, which could be the first step toward eliminating the office altogether, could cripple the office and halt its programmatic operations for the rest of the year.
WASHINGTON, DC – A bipartisan group of lawmakers are reintroducing legislation in both the U.S. House and Senate intended to give Americans better warning about the cancer risks associated with the use of tanning beds. The Tanning Accountability and Notification Act (TAN Act, H.R. 945) would direct the Food and Drug Administration to re-examine the warning label on tanning beds with the purpose of ensuring that it most effectively communicates the risk of skin cancer and other serious skin conditions.
New York, NY – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) issued a ringing denunciation of President George Bush’s proposed cuts to America’s teaching hospitals. “The President’s budget proposals would devastate teaching hospitals and exert a massive and disproportionately negative impact on New York City’s world-class hospitals, medical schools, and research institutions,” said Rep. Maloney.
Washington, DC – Friday afternoon, the House of Representatives voted 255 - 170 to approve H.R. 4, the Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act, which requires Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug prices on behalf of millions of American seniors. Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens), a longtime proponent of allowing Medicare to use its purchasing power to reduce drug costs, hailed the vote as a victory not only for seniors, but for the American taxpayer, as well.
NEW YORK, NY – Today, NY Seniors, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, NY Senator Liz Krueger, Assemblyman Jonathan Bing, Assemblywoman Sylvia Friedman, Councilman Dan Garodnick, Councilwoman Jessica Lappin, and experts from the Medicare Rights Center gathered in Midtown to protest the closure of the only walk-in Medicare help center in the New York metropolitan area. The Center provided a vital service for senior citizens and disabled individuals who are experiencing problems with Medicare or are facing confusing choices about the Medicare prescription drug program.
Educating Rush Limbaugh: Co-Founder of Congressional Working Group on Parkinson’s Disease Sends Right-Wing Host Letter on devastating disease
WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, on his nationally-syndicated radio show, right-wing host Rush Limbaugh accused Michael J. Fox, who suffers from Parkinson’s Disease, of acting and exaggerating his symptoms in recent television ads for pro-stem cell research candidates.
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the Food and Drug Administration said it will make the Plan B emergency contraceptive pill available without a prescription for women 18 and over. Plan B will remain available as a prescription-only product for women age 17 and under. For 3 years FDA had refused to approve applications to give Plan B over-the-counter status despite the fact that in 2003, FDA's own panel of experts vote voted 23-4 in favor of over-the-counter status for Plan B.
Maloney Urges VA Secretary Nicholson to Announce Manhattan and Brooklyn VA Hospitals Will Remain Open
NEW YORK, NY - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) urged Veterans Administration (VA) Secretary James Nicholson to use his visit on Friday to the Veterans Administration Hospital on 23rd Street and 1st Avenue in Manhattan (the “Manhattan VA Hospital”) to announce that the Bush Administration will be keeping open both the Manhattan and Brooklyn VA Hospitals (letter to Nicholson).