Nobody knows the importance of homeland security better than New Yorkers. Congresswoman Maloney is working to ensure New York is prepared for, and working to prevent, future terrorist attacks. This includes making sure the Department of Homeland Security is adequately funded and that these funds are invested in areas based on risk and vulnerability, first responders are well trained, equipped, and cared for, and major terrorist targets like New York City are prepared and protected.
- Homeland Security Funding and Protecting New York: Since 9/11, Congresswoman Maloney has led a number of efforts in Congress to direct a greater share of homeland security funding to the communities under threat, which too often are shortchanged. Congresswoman Maloney continues to strongly support the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission that homeland security should be based strictly on an assessment of risk and vulnerability, and that New York City and Washington, D.C. should be at the top of any such list. Read More
- 9/11 Health and Compensation: On January 2, 2011, President Obama Signed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (H.R. 847) into law. Congresswoman Maloney spent nearly a decade fighting to pass this important law, which has provided medical monitoring, treatment, and compensation to those sick and injured from the September 11th attacks. Read More
- Foreign Acquisitions and National Security: Congresswoman Maloney authored the National Security Foreign Investment Reform and Strengthened Transparency Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-49). This legislation strengthens and reforms the process by which the interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reviews foreign direct investment for national security issues. The need for this reform was made evident in early 2006 when CFIUS failed to raise red flags about a deal that would have put commercial control of several key U.S. ports into the hands of a company owned by the government of Dubai. This Act establishes CFIUS in statute rather than as a creature of Executive Order, implements mandatory 45-day investigations for all deals involving foreign governments, requires high-level review of such transactions, gives the Director of National Intelligence a greater role in the CFIUS process, and improves congressional oversight, among other provisions.
- Civil Liberties Board: As the co-chair of the former 9/11 Commission Caucus, Congresswoman Maloney fully supported the passage of all 41 recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. Out of concern that the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board was not given the teeth it needs to be an effective board, she introduced “The Protection of Civil Liberties Act”. This bill would have created the board as recommended by the 9/11 Commission. In 2007 Congress passed H.R. 1, “Implementing the Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007” (P.L. 110-53), which included important provisions from Congresswoman Maloney’s legislation intended to strengthen the Privacy and Civil Liberties Board to more closely reflect the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.
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Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), senior member on the House Committee of Oversight and Government Reform, released the following statement today in support of calls for a Congressional investigation in response to the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia interfered with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
NEW YORK – In response to terror attacks in Brussels, Belgium today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement:
“Today, all New Yorkers and all Americans stand in solidarity with and offer our deepest sympathies to the Belgian people as they face the horrors of this morning’s terror attacks. These acts of pure evil cannot and will not be tolerated by the United States and the broader international community.
WASHINGTON— Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY-12) is pushing her colleagues to fully fund the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) program, despite calls from the Obama administration to slash the program by nearly half. The initiative provided $587 million for anti-terrorism efforts last year, including $180,926,000 for the New York City area. Today Maloney sent a letter to the House Appropriators stressing the need for full UASI funding.
NEW YORK -- Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY-12) today released the following statement in reaction to the terrorist attacks in Paris:
"Today we stand in solidarity with the people of Paris, just as they stood with New York in our time of need just 14 short years ago. In every sense, these murders, like all acts of terrorism, are an attack on us all. Our hearts break for our brothers and sisters in France, and as a nation we will do everything we can to help and bring to justice those responsible for these acts of terror.
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today released the following statement on the House of Representatives passage of a full-year appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security.
“After months of threatening to shut down the Department of Homeland Security in order to overturn President Obama’s recent executive order on immigration, House Republicans finally allowed a vote on a clean, long-term funding bill for our nation’s security agencies. And, as many of us have said all along, the bill passed by a large-bipartisan vote.
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today released the following statement on the failure of House Republicans to pass a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security.
“Democrats are united: we want a long-term, clean funding bill that puts the security of the American people first. The Senate has passed such a bill and the House should follow suit immediately. Terrorists are being arrested in Brooklyn. ISIS is funded, but funding for America’s homeland security is in jeopardy. This is a reckless and outrageous abdication of responsibility."
Every day since Hurricane Sandy swamped our city, I have been learning the stories of courageous acts and selfless deeds by my constituents who saved lives, or reached out to help others. There’s Jon Candelaria from Stanley Isaacs Houses on Manhattan’s East Side, for instance, who risked his life during the storm to rescue a taxi driver whose cab was overwhelmed with water. You can read about more about his heroic rescue here.
This morning the recovery continues as an all-hands-on-deck effort. The scale of the damage is daunting. Although some progress is being made, there is a need throughout the most affected areas of New York City for non-perishable food, water, and other items for those who cannot get out to buy supplies for themselves.
Beginning TODAY, you can drop off water, flashlights, blankets, batteries and non-perishable food for those in need to my office at:
1651 3rd Avenue, Suite 311
President Obama today declared that a state of emergency exists for New York State and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts due to the hurricane. This follows on the heels of Gov. Cuomo's state of emergency declaration on Friday. The President's action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate all relief efforts.