Major Actions Taken
Below is a list of bills and actions where Representative Maloney has been a lead sponsor. These actions clearly explain her interest in a wide range of important issues that impact her constituents as well as the rest of the nation. Some bills were acted on in the House but were not addressed by the Senate.
James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2009 (H.R. 847 111th Congress)
This legislation would provide mandatory funding for the World Trade Center Health Programs, which provide medical monitoring and treatment to responders and survivors of the September 11th terrorist attacks who were exposed to the unique toxins released at Ground Zero. It also would reopen the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund to provide compensation for economic losses and harm as an alternative to the current litigation system and provide liability protections for the WTC Contractors and the City of New York. [Passed the House of Representatives September 29, 2010, 268160]
Study to ensure accuracy in oil and gas revenue
An amendment based on legislation introduced in March 2009 (H.R. 1462) was attached to H.R. 3534, the Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources (CLEAR) Act, comprehensive legislation that would provide greater efficiency and accountability to the management and regulation of energy resources. The amendment would require the National Academy of Engineering to conduct a study to improve the measurement of oil and natural gas extracted from leased federal and Tribal lands. [Passed the House of Representatives August 4, 2010, 209193.]
Hotline, Ombudsman, Annual Appearance, and Consumer Advisory Council Amendments to the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009 (H.R. 4173 111th Congress)
H.R. 4173 is the landmark financial regulatory reform bill that was passed in the wake of the financial crisis. During committee and floor consideration of the bill, Congresswoman Maloney was successful in adding several important amendments. These amendments included adding the position of Ombudsman at the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA) so that consumers and small banks would be able to seek assistance with banking matters from the appropriate regulator; adding a hotline at the CFPA so consumers would have tollfree access to the agency through a single access point; requiring that the CFPA director appear annually to testify before Congress; elevating the status of the Consumer Advisory Council (CAC) at the Fed to the same level as the Federal Advisory Council and retain the CAC’s functions at the Fed when all other consumer protection authority is transferred to the CFPA; and strengthening data collection at the Financial Stability Oversight Council. [H.R. 4173 Passed the House of Representatives December 11, 2009, 223202]
The TARP Transparency and Disclosure Act of 2009 (H.R. 1242 111th Congress)
The bill requires that the Department of the Treasury create a centralized, webaccessible public database system, in a consistent, standardized format so that TARP funds will be easily visible and traceable. Treasury will be required to combine the reported government data with data that are collected by independent sources including corporate press releases, news articles, indexes, corporate profiles, and other nongovernment financial information. The compilation of government and third party data will create as complete a profile as possible of the institution’s financial application of TARP funds. It will also provide the ability to monitor inconsistencies and indicate the misuse of funds at both the corporate and individual officer level. [Passed the House of Representatives on December 2, 2009, 4210]
Expedited Card Reform for Consumers Act of 2009 (H.R. 3639 111th Congress)
This legislation would move up the implementation date of the Credit Card Act to December 1, 2009. The bill was passed in response to widespread reports that credit card companies were raising interest rates in between the May, 2009 Credit Card Act signing and the dates of August 22, 2009, February 22, 2010 and August 22, 2010, when its provisions actually went into effect. [Passed the House of Representatives November 4, 2009, 33192]
Overseas Voting Practical Amendments Act (H.R. 1739 in the 111th Congress)
Provisions included in H.R. 2647, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010, are modeled after provisions from H.R. 1739 which will streamline the voting process for military and overseas voters in many ways, including making voter registration applications, absentee ballot requests, and absentee ballots available via the internet [Public Law No: 11184 signed October 28, 2009]
The 80th anniversary of the Daughters of Penelope (H. Res. 209 in the 111th Congress)
A resolution recognizing the significant contributions of American citizens of Greek ancestry and Philhellenes, and the Daughters of Penelope, a preeminent international women's association and affiliate organization of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), to the United States [Passed the House of Representatives by voice vote on October 13, 2009]
National Women’s History Museum (HR 1700, 111th Congress)
This bill directs the General Services Administration (GSA) to house a National Women’s History Museum in one of its properties in Washington DC. NWHM must pay fair market value for the property and reasonable timeframes are included for the transfer of the property and for construction to begin. NWHM will be built and maintained with private funds. [Passed the House of Representatives on October 14, 2009 by voice vote]
Commending the Bureau of Labor Statistics (H.Con.Res.152, 111th Congress)
This bipartisan concurrent resolution commends the Bureau of Labor Statistics on the occasion of its 125th Anniversary. [The Senate companion, S.Con.Res.30, passed the Senate on June 23, 2009 by unanimous consent and subsequently passed by the House of Representatives on July 21, 2009, 2412]
National Consumer Cooperative Bank Act Amendment, (H.R. 1674, 111th Congress).
This legislation would amend the statute that created the National Cooperative Bank (NCB) to allow them access to the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund. This would allow their nonprofit subsidiary, NCB Capital Impact to better fulfill their mission of serving low income communities. [Passed the House of Representatives on June 16, 2009 on a voice vote]
Expressing the Sense of Congress that the Shi’ite Personal Status Law in Afghanistan Violates the Fundamental Rights of Women and Should be Repealed (H.Con.Res. 108, 111th Congress)
This legislation urges Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the government of Afghanistan to declare the provisions of the Shi’ite Personal Status Law which would legalize marital rape and restrict women’s freedom of movement unconstitutional. Companion legislation was introduced by Senator Barbara Boxer as S. Con. Res. 19 [Passed the Senate on May 21, 2009].
Language from this resolution was included in the State Department Authorization for the fiscal years 2010 and 2011 (H.R. 2401) which passed the House of Representatives on June 10, 2009.
Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act (HR 626, 111th Congress)
This bill provides four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. In addition to the four weeks, under the bill, federal employees will also be allowed to use any accrued annual or sick leave for parental leave. Currently, federal employees do not have any paid leave for these purposes. [Passed the House of Representatives on June 4, 2009, 258154]
Protect the Independence of the Statistics of Income (SOI) program at IRS
Rep. Maloney wrote to IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman onApril 29, 2009 urging him to “protect the independence of the Statistics of Income (SOI) program at IRS by exempting it from ongoing consolidation of information technology resources within IRS.” As required by law, the SOI program provides statistics on how internal revenue laws affect individuals and businesses by collecting and sharing information about how the tax system works with other government agencies and the general public. Due in part to Rep. Maloney’s efforts, the IRS acted to exempt the SOI program from the IRS’s plans to absorb SOI’s IT resources into the larger IRS IT infrastructure, ensuring SOI has the autonomy necessary to produce sound and objective statistical data.
Credit Cardholder Bill of Rights, (H.R. 5244, 110th Congress).
The bill gets rid of credit card practices that have been deemed unfair and deceptive by the Federal Reserve, such as retroactive rate increases on existing balalnces, or double cycle billing, which charges interest on amounts already paid off. [Passed the House of Representatives on September 23, 2008, on a vote of 312112. ]
Money Service Business Act (H.R. 4049, 110th Congress)
This legislation addresses the problem of Money Service Businesses (MSBs) include check cashers, money transmitters, money order issuers, and others having their commercial bank accounts terminated in recent years due to unclear guidance from federal banking regulators. This bill establishes a mechanism that would allow MSBs to selfcertify their compliance with Bank Secrecy Act/AntiMoney Laundering requirements, while allowing banks to make riskbased decisions about banking particular MSBs. [Passed the House of Representatives on July 22, 2008, by a voice vote]
America's Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008 (H.R.6184 110th Congress)
Requires quarter dollars, issued beginning in 2010, to have designs on the reverse emblematic of one national site in each state, the District of Columbia and territory of the United States. Instructs the Secretary of the Treasury to select in each state a national park or other national site to be honored with a coin. Requires five coin designs in each year of the period of issuance. Instructs the Secretary to strike and make available for sale silver bullion coins that are exact duplicates of such quarter dollars. [Passed the House of Representatives July 10, 2008]
Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act
(HR 5781, 110th Congress) This bill provides four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. In addition to the four weeks, under the bill, federal employees will also be allowed to use any accrued annual or sick leave for parental leave. Currently, federal employees do not have any paid leave for these purposes.
[Passed the House of Representatives on June 19, 2008, 278 146]
New Census Bureau Headquarters Building Named for Thomas Jefferson (H.R. 5599, 110th Congress)
This legislation named the new Census Bureau Headquarters building located in Suitland, MD for Founding Father Thomas Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson, widely known as the Father of the Modern Census, was Secretary of State in 1790 and oversaw the first national American Census. Jefferson cared deeply about an accurate census that reflected the growth of the nation and its founding principle of fair representation. [Passed the House of Representatives on June 4, 2008, by a voice vote]
Financial Consumer Hotline Act of 2007 (H.R. 4332, 110th Congress)
This legislation would establish a single, tollfree telephone number consumers can call if they have a question or complaint and want to speak to the bank’s regulator. The bill directs the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), a statutory interagency body empowered to prescribe uniform principles and standards for financial institutions, to set up the tollfree number and website. The Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) are all members of FFIEC. This legislation also directs FFIEC to work with state banking regulators to integrate state regulated banks into the hotline service. [Passed the House of Representatives on April 30, 2008].
The Contractors and Federal Spending Accountability Act (H.R. 3033, 110th Congress)
H.R. 3033 will fortify the current federal suspension and debarment system by establishing a centralized and comprehensive database on actions taken against federal contractors and assistance participants, requiring a description of each of these actions. It requires the contracting officer to document why a prospective awardee is deemed responsible if that awardee has two or more offenses which would be cause for debarment within a threeyear period. Additionally, it improves and clarifies the role of the Interagency Committee on Debarments and Suspension, and requires the Administrator of General Services to report to Congress within 180 days with recommendations for further action to create the database. [Passed the House of Representatives on April 23, 2008, by a voice vote]
Federal Credit Union Month (H.Res. 658, 110th Congress)
A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of Federal Credit Union Month and recognizing the importance of Federal credit unions to the economy, and their critical mission in serving those of modest means. [Passed the House of Representatives on September 24, 2007, by a voice vote]
The Afghan Women Empowerment Act (H.R. 947)
H.R. 947, the “Afghan Women Empowerment Act,” was included in H.R. 2446, the “Afghanistan Freedom Support Act.” These provisions authorize $45 million each year from FY2008 through FY2010 for programs in Afghanistan that benefit women and girls as well as the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission and the Afghan Ministry of Women’s Affairs. The funding would be directed toward important needs including medical care, education, vocational training, protection from violence, legal assistance, and civil participation. [Passed the House of Representatives on June 6, 2007, 40610]
The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA)
(H. Con. Res. 71, 110th Congress) A concurrent resolution commemorating the 85th Anniversary of the founding of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), a leading association for the Nation's 1.3 million American citizens of Greek ancestry, and Philhellenes. [Passed the House of Representatives on April 16, 2007, by a voice vote. Passed the Senate on March 19, 2007, by unanimous consent]
The Federal Prison Industries Competition in Contracting Act (H.R. 2965, 109th Congress)
This legislation requires FPI to compete for contracts while ensuring that contracts are awarded to the company that will provide the best products, delivered on time, and at the best prices. The bill provides alternative rehabilitative opportunities, including work in support of nonprofit, public service organizations, to better prepare inmates for a successful return to society. [Passed the House of Representatives on September 14, 2006, 362 57]
Funding the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board
During consideration of HR 5576, the FY2007 Transportation, Treasury, Housing Appropriation bill, 109th Congress, Representative Maloney along with Representatives Christopher Shays of Connecticut and Tom Udall of New Mexico succeeded in passing an amendment that added $750,000 in funding for the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. The underlying bill provided for $1.5 million for the board. The Maloney/Shays/Udall amendment raised funding to $2.25 million. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board was created in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (P.L. 108458). [Passed the House of Representatives on June 13, 2006]
Helping States and Tribes Recover Their Oil Royalties
During consideration of H.R. 5386, the FY07 Interior Appropriations bill, Representative Maloney successfully attached an amendment that would move $1,000,000 of the total funding in the bill for the Minerals Management Service to States and Tribes to conduct audits that determine if companies responsible for remitting royalties for minerals produced from Federal and Indian leases do so in compliance with applicable lease terms, regulations and policies governing the valuation of the produced minerals. [Passed the House of Representatives on May 18, 2006]
Putting Limits on New Drilling Leases
During consideration of H.R. 5386, the FY07 Interior Appropriations bill, Representative Maloney worked with Representative Hinchey (NY) to successfully attach an amendment that would limit the Department of the Interior from entering into new offshore drilling leases with companies who are benefiting from unlimited royalty relief due to leases signed in 1998 and 1999. [Passed the House of Representatives 252165 on May 18, 2006]
American Ballet Theatre (HRES 751 in the 109th Congress) A resolution recognizing the cultural and educational contributions of the American Ballet Theatre for their work and art over the past 65 years. [Passed the House of Representatives on May 16, 2006 by a voice vote. Passed the Senate on April 27, 2006 by unanimous consent]
Recognizing the Contribution of Women at NASA (H.Res. 450, 109th Congress)
On September 20,2005 the House of Representatives passed a resolution recognizing Space Shuttle Commander Eileen Collins, Mission Specialist Wendy Lawrence, and the contributions of all other women who have worked with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration following the successful mission of the Space Shuttle Discovery on STS114. This resolution also celebrates the many achievements of women in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and congratulates Commander Collins and the rest of her crew. [Passed the House of Representatives on September 20, 2005]
Honoring President William Jefferson Clinton on his 59th Birthday
H.Res.329, 109th Congress, a resolution to honor William Jefferson Clinton, our 43rd president, on his 59th birthday. The Resolution was to honor President Clinton for many things, including his legacy that President Bush described as Aa deep and farranging knowledge of public policy, a great compassion for people in need, and the forwardlooking spirit Americans like in a President. As well as for stewarding the nation’s longestever economic expansion, largestever budget surplus, and the growth of 22 million jobs. [Passed the House of Representatives on July 25, 2005 by a voice vote]
Funding the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board
During consideration of HR 3058, the FY2006 Transportation, Treasury, Housing Appropriation bill, 109th Congress, Representative Maloney along with Representatives Christopher Shays of Connecticut and Tom Udall of New Mexico succeeded in passing an amendment that doubled the funding for the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. The underlying bill provided for $750,000 for the board. The Maloney/Shays/Udall amendment raised funding to $1.5 million. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board was created in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (P.L. 108458). [Passed the House of Representatives on June 30, 2005]
Ensuring the Implementation of the National Counterintelligence Center (NCTC)
During Consideration of HR 2475, 109th Congress, the FY2006 Intelligence Authorization Act Representative Maloney and Shays succeeded in passing an amendment that requires the Director of National Intelligence to report to Congress the status of the implementation of National Counterintelligence Center until it is fully implemented and operational. The NCTC was created in the Intelligence Reform Act of 2004 (PL108458) and was given a six month deadline to be fully implemented and operational. At the time of the amendment, the deadline had passed and the NCTC was not fully implemented and operational. [Passed the House of Representatives on June 21, 2005]
Working to Help Fund UNFPA’s work in TsunamiStricken Areas
During consideration of H.R. 1268, Supplemental Appropriations for Iraq, Afghanistan, and Tsunami Relief,109th Congress, Representative Maloney offered an amendment with the intent to give $3 million to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) to assist Tsunami victims in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives for very specific, pressing needs associated with pregnancy, childbirth and safemotherhood. More than 150,000 women are currently pregnant in the tsunamiaffected areas, including 50,000 anticipated to give birth during the next three months. UNFPA is determined to enhance the likelihood of deliveries occurring in safe and clean conditions by providing emergency care, basic supplies and helping to rebuild health care facilities. They are uniquely qualified to provide these services and have been on the ground since that tragic day, helping save the lives of women and children. The amendment passed by voice vote. [Passed the House of Representatives on March 16, 2005]
Including Gender in Hate Crime Statistics
During consideration of H.R. 3122, the Children's Safety Act of 2005 a resolution was offered that provides for inclusion of gender and crimes committed by and directed against juveniles for coverage under the Hate Crime Statistics Act. This language is consistent with legislation introduced by Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, H.R. 1193, the Hate Crime Statistics Improvement Act. [Passed the House of Representatives on September 14, 2004] Honoring President William Jefferson Clinton on his 58th Birthday H.Res.717, 108th Congress, a resolution to honor William Jefferson Clinton, our 43rd president, on his 58th birthday. The Resolution was to honor President Clinton for many things, including his legacy that President Bush described as Aa deep and farranging knowledge of public policy, a great compassion for people in need, and the forwardlooking spirit Americans like in a President. As well as for stewarding the nation’s longestever economic expansion, largestever budget surplus, and the growth of 22 million jobs. [Passed the House of Representatives on September 13, 2004 and the Senate on September 14, 2004}
Restoring Funding for the Women's Educational Equity Act (WEEA)
During consideration of H.R. 5006, LaborHHSEducation Appropriations bill, 108th Congress, Rep. Maloney succeeded in passing an amendment to restore $3 million to WEEA, which had been zeroed out in the House mark. WEEA has made a difference in the lives of millions of girls and women for 30 years by training teachers to treat boys and girls fairly in the classroom, teaching about reducing sexual harassment, and encouraging girls to study math and science, among many other things. WEEA provides the training, the materials and the support for girls in our education system. [Passed the House of Representatives on September 9, 2004]
9/11 Can You Hear Me Now Act (H.R. 4386, 108th Congress)
Bill to require the Department of Homeland Security to work with local authorities to establish a communications system for the city that would be integrated with all current and developing emergency communications systems for the region and that would work in all areas of the city during any kind of emergency anticipated by disaster response experts. [Introduced May 18, 2004]
Fighting for Benefits for New York’s National Guard members (H.R. 4378, 108th Congress)
B Bill to ensure that members of the National Guard who served in the counties designated by the President as federal disaster areas immediately following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, will receive military retirement credit for that service. [Introduced May 18, 2004] Protecting the Rights of Overseas Voters During consideration of H.R. 2844, “The Continuity in Representation Act,” Representatives Ike Seklton (DMO) and Carolyn Maloney successfully passed an amendment that would ensure that overseas voters, their dependents, and private citizens, will have an opportunity to vote in a continuity of government election. The amendment simply requires states to provide overseas voters 45 days to return their ballots from the date on which the ballot was sent to the date on which the ballot is due to the local election official. [Passed the House of Representatives on April 22, 2004 and is now awaiting Senate action.]
Demanding Answers from Secretary Rumsfeld
Led by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, 86 Members of the House of Representatives wrote to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld requesting a meeting to discuss the Pentagon’s policies and procedures for addressing rapes and sexual assaults committed against servicewomen by servicemen. [Sent on April 15, 2004]
Remember 9/11 Health Act (H.R. 4059, 108th Congress
) Bill to provide for the longterm health monitoring, care, research and coordination of the federal government’s response to the health effects of the terrorist attacks of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. [Introduced March 30, 2004]
Housing/Energy Efficiency (H.R. 3724, 108th Congress)
Introduced by Rep. Shays (RCT) and Rep. Maloney the bill increases maximum mortgage limits for FHAinsured mortgages for multifamily housing projects to cover increased costs of installing a solar energy system or residential energy conservation measures. [Passed the House of Representatives on February 3, 2004 and is now awaiting Senate action]
Equal Rights for Afghan Women
A longstanding advocate for equality for women in the United States and around the world, Congresswoman Maloney has been tireless in her efforts to improve the lives of Afghan women. After enduring terrible conditions under the rule of the Taliban, the women of Afghanistan now have the opportunity to create better lives for themselves as they help to establish a new civil society. In January 2004, delegates in the loya jirga in Afghanistan ratified a new constitution that would ensure equal rights between Afghan men and women. This important success comes after years of work by Maloney to raise awareness about the horrible treatment of women in Afghanistan. Maloney also pressured the Bush Administration and Afghan President Hamid Karzai to make equal rights a priority in the reconstruction of the country. [Constitution ratified, January 4, 2004]
Commending Afghan Women (H.Res. 393, 108th Congress)
This resolution, introduced by Reps. Judy Biggert (RIL) and Maloney commends Afghan women for their participation in government and supports the inclusion of women's rights in the Afghan constitution. [Passed the House of Representatives on November 19, 2003, 4141]
The Federal Prison Industries Competition in Contracting Act (H.R. 1829, 108th Congress)
This legislation requires FPI to compete for contracts while continuing to offer rehabilitative work opportunities to federal prisoners. H.R. 1829 ensures that contracts are awarded to the company that will provide the best products, delivered on time, and at the best prices. H.R. 1982, introduced by Congresswoman Maloney, was included as an amendment to H.R. 1829. H.R. 1982 would provide to contracting officers of civilian agencies the same authorities available to Department of Defense contracting officers to competitively evaluate products offered by FPI to assure that such products represent the best value for the taxpayer dollars being expended. [Passed the House of Representatives on November 6, 2003, 350 65]
The Federal Deposit Insurance Reform Act of 2002 (H.R. 3717, 107th Congress, H.R. 522, 108th Congress)
The legislation combines the existing Bank Insurance Fund (BIF) and Savings Association Insurance Funds (SAIF) into a single, stronger fund, the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF), that will be managed by the FDIC. Provisions offered as a bipartisan amendment by Rep. Maloney and Rep. Doug Bereuter (RNE) will ensure that excess insurance premiums collected by the fund will be returned to financial institutions through assessment credits or dividends, in proportion to the contributions institutions have made to capitalize the insurance funds. This language will ensure that contributions made to recapitalize the fund in the past will be returned to the communities from which they originated where they can be turned into new loans. Rep. Maloney also offered an amendment on the House floor that was defeated that would have maintained the level of deposit insurance coverage on individual accounts at $100,000 (the underlying bill raises this level to $130,000). Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, Treasury Secretary Paul O=Neill and FDIC Chairman Don Powell all oppose raising coverage to $130,000. H.R. 522 passed the House 41111 on April 2, 2003. The same bill was reintroduced as H.R. 1185 in the 109th Congress. Rep. Maloney was the lead Democrat on an amendment that would have kept the coverage limit at $100,000. This amendment was defeated and the bill [passed the House 41310 on May 4, 2005]
Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (H.R. 2622, 108th Congress)
Rep. Maloney was an original cosponsor of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACT Act) which reauthorizes the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the law the governs the credit reporting system. In addition to supporting provisions that included groundbreaking identity theft protections, the Housepassed version of the bill included a Maloney amendment (adopted by voice after lengthy debate in the Financial Services Committee) that required credit card companies to disclose whether they customarily raise consumer’s interest rates even though a customer always pays their bill on time. The Maloney amendment was removed from the bill at the insistence of the Senate during the conference committee. The FACT Act became Public Law No. 108159 on December 4, 2003. The Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002 (H.R. 5212, 107th Congress) Significantly improves the efficiency and quality of the Federal statistical while ensuring the confidentiality of the data collected by these agencies. Rep. Maloney joined Government Reform Subcommittee Chairman Steve Horn and Rep. Tom Sawyer as an original cosponsor of this legislation. [Signed into law December 17, 2002.]
Women's Health Office Act of 2002 (H.R. 1784, 107th Congress)
Amends the Public Health Service Act to establish within the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) an Office on Women's Health, headed by a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women's Health. By giving Women’s Health Offices statutory permanence, this bill will ensure that the needs and gaps in research, policy, programs, and education and training in women=s health will continue to be addressed. The legislation provides statutory authority for the five federal women's health offices. The bill was introduced by Congresswoman Connie Morella (RMD) and Congresswoman Maloney. [Passed House October 17, 2002.] (Representative Maloney has reintroduced this legislation in both the 108th and 109th Congresses.)
The Brownfields Redevelopment Enhancement Act (H.R. 2941, 107th Congress, H.R. 239, 108th, H.R. 280, 109th)
Representative Maloney acted as the lead Democratic sponsor of legislation introduced by Rep. Gary Miller (RCA). The legislation will provide for the clean up of environmentally contaminated brownfields. This linking requires that communities set aside Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds as collateral for these HUD loans. The delinking accomplished by this legislation will increase the availability of brownfields cleanup funds for localities across the country. H.R. 280 was reported out of the Financial Services Committee on March 16 by voice vote.
Promoting Corporate Ethics (107th Congress)
As a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Maloney was intimately involved in formulating the Congressional response to the corporate governance scandals that began with the bankruptcy of Enron and the resulting crisis of investor confidence. The SarbanesOxley Act was signed into law on July 30, 2002 (Public Law107204). Rep. Maloney was also a cosponsor of the Mutual Funds Integrity and Fee Transparency Act of 2003, H.R. 2420, which would have instituted similar reforms for the governance of mutual funds. [H.R. 2420 passed the House by a vote of 418 2 on November 19, 2003.
ExportImport Reauthorization Act of 2002 (H.R. 2871, 107th Congress)
The reauthorization of this act contains an amendment drafted by Rep. Maloney that explicitly gives the Bank authority to turn down an application for ExIm support when a company=s foreign business partner has engaged in fraudulent business practices. Rep. Maloney offered the amendment after raising objections to a 1999 ExIm Bank loan guarantee that benefitted a Halliburton project with the Tyumen oil company in Russia. Tyumen was widely suspected of operating in a corrupt manner to seize oil fields in Russia and the Maloney amendment gives the Bank additional authority beyond creditworthiness and environmental impact as a reason to turn down future transactions. H.R. 2871 passed the House on May 1, 2002.
Issuing the Maloney/Dingell Glass Ceiling Report (108th Congress)
Building on her success from the 2002 report titled, “A New Look Through the Glass Ceiling,” Representative Maloney worked again with Representative Dingell and the General Accounting Office to produce a new, groundbreaking report on women=s earnings, released November 2003. The new report examined 18 years of data on over 9,300 Americans and found that women working fulltime today are paid an average of 80 cents for every dollar that men are paid, even when accounting for demographic and workrelated factors such as occupation, industry, race, marital status and job tenure. This 20 percent earnings gap cannot be explained due to differences in work patterns or histories. In response to these findings, Reps. Maloney and Dingell plan to introduce legislation to establish a new Center for the Study of Women and Workplace Policy at a public university that would serve as a nationwide resource for employers, women and families. The Center would follow up on the GAO study, collaborate with businesses and women’s organizations on solutions to the earnings gap, and publish yearly guides on best practices for employers and family friendly workplaces for women. AA New Look through the Glass Ceiling: Where are the Women?@ (released January 2002) examined the status of women in management in 10 industries. In addition to organizing a press conference to release the results of the report, Mrs. Maloney held a field hearing in New York City to discuss the issue further. The report garnered a great deal of media attention and paved the way for additional research on the issue.
Fighting for a Fair Share of Royalties for Taxpayers (H.R. 2217, 107th Congress)
Congresswoman Maloney offered, and was able to gain the inclusion of, an amendment to the House version of Fiscal Year 2002 Interior Appropriations bill guaranteeing that any RoyaltyinKind programs operated by the Department of Interior earn at least as much money for taxpayers as similar royalty in value programs based on market prices. This amendment would have guaranteed that taxpayers would not be shortchanged by oil industry schemes to avoid paying their fair share of royalties; however, Rep. Maloney’s language was removed in conference. [H.AMDT.102 passed June 21, 2001. H.R. 2217 signed into law November 5, 2001.]
Forcing Release of Corrected Census Data (107th Congress)
Congresswoman Maloney, along with Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Henry Waxman, helped to compel the Bush Administration to release corrected census data for public review. Maloney, Waxman and other Members, filed a lawsuit forcing the release of the corrected census data. The released data showed that the 2000 decennial census failed to count over six million Americans, and counted over three million Americans twice. In New York, over 200,000 New Yorkers were missed in the Census 2000.
Veterans Housing (H.R.3571, 106th Congress)
A bill to provide housing loan benefits for the purchase of residential cooperative apartment units. [Language was added to H.R.4635 for a feasibility study on providing this benefit, signed October 27, 2000.]
Hate Crime Statistics Improvement Act of 2000 (H.R.4317, 106th Congress)
A bill to amend the Hate Crime Statistics Act to require the Attorney General to acquire data about crimes that manifest evidence of prejudice based on gender. [Added as an amendment to FY01 Defense Authorization bill, which passed the Senate on June 20, 2000 and passed the House on September 13, 2000]
Paid Parental Leave for Federal Employees (H.R.4567, 106th Congress)
A bill to provide six weeks of paid parental leave for a federal employee because of the birth or adoption of a child. [H.Amdt.1030 was added to H.R.4871 to provide for a feasibility study on this issue, passed the House on July 20, 2000.]
Honoring Greece and Turkey (H.Con.Res.188, 106th Congress)
[Bilirakis/Maloney/Burton/ Schakowsky] A concurrent resolution commending Greece and Turkey for their mutual and swift response to the recent earthquakes in both countries by providing to each other humanitarian assistance and rescue relief. [Passed House on October 26, 1999]
Qatar elections (H.Con.Res. 35, 106th Congress)
Congratulating the State of Qatar and its citizens for their commitment to democratic ideals and women's suffrage on the occasion of Qatar's historic elections of a Central Municipal Council on March 8, 1999. [Passed House on April 13, 1999, Passed Senate on July 1, 1999]
Medical Financial Privacy (H.R. 4585, 106th Congress)
The base bill protects sensitive medical information held by a financial firm about an individual from being shared with affiliates of a firm or third parties. Rep. Maloney added two amendments: One amendment bans financial institutions from distributing information about individuals who do not consent to disclosure of medical information. The other amendment adds reproductive health and substance abuse treatment to the sections in the bill that require separate and specific consent before information about them can be shared with affiliates or thirdparties.
Quality Child Care for Federal Employees (H.R.2982, 105th Congress and H.R.143, 106th Congress)
This bill included a Maloney amendment regarding providing lactation accommodations in federal child care facilities. (The Maloney amendment passed February 12, 1998 in a Government Reform Subcommittee. This bill was reintroduced in the 106th Congress and included the Maloney provisions in its text.) [The 106th Congress bill, H.R.143, passed the Government Reform Committee on May 19, 1999]
New Mothers' Breastfeeding Promotion and Protection Act (H.R.3531, 105th Congress, H.R. 3531, 106th Congress, and H.R. 285, 107th Congress)
A bill to support breastfeeding by new mothers and encourage employers to support workplace lactation programs. Congressional Caucus for Women=s Issues held a hearing on this bill on July 28, 1998; One provision was included in the WIC Reauthorization bill (H.R.3874), which was enacted; [Public Law 105336, signed October 31, 1998]
Independent Commission on Campaign Finance Reform Act of 1997 (H.R.1614, 105th Congress)
[White/Maloney/Franks/Dingell/Horn] A bill to establish the Independent Commission on Campaign Finance Reform to recommend reforms in the laws relating to the financing of political activity. [Passed House on June 19, 1998 as an amendment to the ShaysMeehan bill by a vote of 32578 but language was removed in conference.]
Commission on Military Justice and Fairness Act (H.R.1072, 105th Congress)
A bill to establish a commission to investigate certain policies and procedures with respect to the military justice system, including policies and procedures with respect to the investigation of reports of sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, and unlawful gender discrimination. [A portion passed the House as part of FY97 Defense Authorization; Public Law 10585, signed November 18, 1997. In addition, Secretary Cohen has convened a number of similar commissions]
World War II Reparations (H.Con.Res.112, 105th Congress)
A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of the Congress that the German Government should expand and simplify its reparations system, provide reparations to Holocaust survivors in Eastern and Central Europe, and set up a fund to help cover the medical expenses of Holocaust survivors. [S.Con.Res. 39 passed Senate Foreign Relations Committee, November 13, 1997]
Resolution supporting Human Rights and Women’s Rights in Afghanistan (H.Con.Res.156, 105th Congress)
A concurrent resolution expressing concern for the continued deterioration of human rights in Afghanistan and emphasizing the need for a peaceful political settlement in that country. [Passed House on November 9, 1997, S.Con.Res. 6 passed Senate on May 20, 1997]
Military Pension Fairness (H.R. 4095, 105th Congress)
An amendment to reduce the retirement pay for those enlisted soldiers who are reduced in grade before retirement as the result of a courtmartial sentence or other administrative process. [Included in House FY99 Defense Authorization bill]
Holocaust Survivors resolution (H.Res.501, 104th Congress)
A resolution calling upon the Government of Germany to negotiate in good faith regarding expansion of eligibility for Holocaust survivor compensation. [German Government agreed to renegotiate]
Ensuring that U.S. regulators work cooperatively to ensure a fair outcome for all sectors of the U.S. financial services industry in the Basel negotiations. (H.R. 1226. 109th Congress, H.R. 2043, 108th Congress.)
Rep. Maloney was the lead Democrat on this legislation introduced by Chairman Bachus to require the U.S. regulators to develop uniform positions in the Basel II Negotiations.
Bankruptcy reform. (S. 256, 109th Congress, H.R. 975, 108th Congress, H.R. 333 107th Congress).
Rep. Maloney was a strong supporter of the netting provisions of the bankruptcy reform bill which increase stibility in the financial markets. However, she opposed the provisions of the bill making more credit card debt survive bankruptcy and introduced an amendment to ensure that child support would be paid before credit card debt in the post petition stage. The amendment was defeated and the bill passed the House and became Public Law 109 8 on April 20, 2005.
In the 108th Congress, Rep. Maloney was a cosponsor of HR 1474, the Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act, which facilitates electronic trucnation of checks. Check 21 became Public Law 108100 on October 28, 2004. In the 108t h and 109th Congresses Rep. Maloney has introduced legislation to extend the benefits of faster funds transfer to consumers by making deposits clear as fast as checks. (HR 799 in the 109th Congress).