Working Families

It can be difficult to juggle both work and family, which is why Congresswoman Maloney has worked in Congress to advance legislation that supports working families. She was a proud supporter of the Family and Medical Leave Act. Congresswoman Maloney also fully supports an increase in the federal minimum wage and has authored legislation that would expand workforce protections to support working families.

Affordable Childcare: Congresswoman Maloney has been a continuous supporter of legislation in Congress to provide American families access to safe, affordable, quality child care. She has also fought to safeguard tax exemptions for families with children, such as the Child Tax Credit, the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and Dependent Care Assistance Programs.

Paid Family and Medical Leave: Congresswoman Maloney understands the difficulties too many Americans face to meet everyday obligations for their families and workplaces. In response, she has supported legislation to ensure families get paid leave for family or medical emergencies, and worked to expand the Family Medical Leave Act to meet the demands of modern parents. Read more.

Paid Parental Leave for Federal Employees: Federal employees are now guaranteed 12 weeks of leave for the birth of a child, but many families cannot afford to take this much time off of work without any compensation. Congresswoman Maloney has introduced legislation to provide six weeks of paid parental leave for new parents of both biological and adopted children. Read more.

Flexibility for Working Families: Congresswoman Maloney knows that the working dynamic of most American families has greatly changed over the last 50 years. Many families do not have a stay-at-home member, making it difficult to manage when someone in the family falls ill and needs extra care. The Congresswoman is in support of legislation that would support working family members adjusting their work schedules to accommodate busy, family friendly schedules. Read more.

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More on Working Families

Feb 13, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY-12), Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD-5), Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10), Don Beyer (D-VA-8) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD-8) renewed calls today to extend paid leave protections to federal workers as they reintroduced the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act (FEPPLA). Reps. Maloney, Hoyer, Beyer and Raskin were joined today by AFSCME and NTEU to discuss the importance of this bill to federal workers and their families.

Jun 16, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) today introduced two bills, the FMLA Inclusion Act and FMLA Enhancement Act, to support more working families by expanding and enhancing the Family and Medical Leave Act. Rep. Maloney joined with Representatives Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) and Frederica Wilson (FL-24) to introduce a package of bills designed to improve the FMLA.

Apr 15, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As today’s budget deadline passed with House Republicans refusing to bring any proposal to the floor for a vote, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) echoed her floor speech from yesterday, calling on the Republican-led Budget Committee to redraft their budget blueprint and meet the responsibilities of governing by adopting a budget that helps everyday hardworking Americans and their families.

Apr 8, 2016 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released a new report today offering a fresh perspective on the frequently referenced fact that a woman working full time, year-round earns only 79 percent of what a man earns. The report, Gender Pay Inequality: Consequences for Women, Families and the Economy, comes in advance of this year’s Equal Pay Day, Tuesday, April 12.

Apr 4, 2016 Press Release

New York—Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) today released the following statement about the recently passed New  York State budget:

Feb 18, 2016 Press Release

NEW YORK--Congresswoman Maloney joined Governor Andrew Cuomo at a rally for paid leave in Harlem yesterday. The Governor’s proposal, included as part of his 2016-17 budget, would grant workers up to 12 weeks of paid family leave to handle family emergencies and would cover all employees, regardless of business size. The legislation is part of a larger effort on the Governor’s part to fight worker inequality. Under Cuomo’s plan, workers would be eligible to receive 35% of their weekly salary.

Jan 29, 2016 Press Release

NEW YORK – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today released the following statement on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s paid family leave proposal. Maloney spoke at a rally with Vice President Joe Biden and Governor Cuomo to announce the new effort. The Congresswoman has been a leader in the effort to expand paid family leave.

Jan 12, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON -- Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY-12) today released the following statement prior to President Obama’s final State of the Union address: “When President Obama took over from George W. Bush our economy was shedding hundreds of thousands of jobs per month, unemployment was rising, wages were falling, GDP was down, home prices were in freefall, and more than $13 trillion in household wealth had evaporated. We faced what former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke called ‘the worst financial crisis in global history, including the Great Depression.’ The economic state of our union was weak.
Dec 20, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON -- Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) is hailing several provisions of the omnibus spending package that will reduce the tax burden faced by middle-income and working New York families.

Jun 17, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Charles Rangel (D-NY), Ami Bera (D-CA) and Jared Polis (D-CO) today  joined leaders of Promundo, the Center for Urban Families and the National Partnership for Women & Families to unveil the first-ever State of the World's Fathers report.

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