Press Releases

Feb 1, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-14) introduced two pieces of legislation to expand the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the law that protects employees who need time off from work to care for a newborn or a sick spouse, parent, or child.
Feb 1, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - More than 60 years after World War II, legislation re-introduced in Congress today would hold railroad companies that worked with the Nazis accountable in United States courts. The railroads that carried Holocaust victims to Nazi concentration camps would be subject to trial in the United States under the bipartisan legislation sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL). More than 75,000 Jews were transported from France to concentration camps during World War II by French railroad companies.
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Feb 1, 2005 Press Release
 NEW YORK, NY - Today at Penn Station, before a trip to Washington, D.C. to speak directly to members of Congress and for several, to attend the President’s State of the Union address, a coalition of Ground Zero first responders, area residents, medical experts, and public officials urged Washington leaders to improve the federal response to the lasting and significant health impacts of 9/11.
Jan 31, 2005 Press Release
 NEW YORK, NY - The CIA has refused to release perhaps hundreds of thousands of pages of information on the U.S. government’s cozy post-WWII relationship with Nazi war criminals, in violation of the law. Today, a chief sponsor of the law and members of the governmental working group charged with reviewing the information demanded that the CIA begin complying with the law and release the classified information.
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Jan 28, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (CA-22) has repeatedly broached the idea of adjusting Social Security benefits to Americans based on their race or gender - cutting payments to women because of their longer life span, for instance. As President Bush prepares his own Social Security overhaul proposal, 41 Members of Congress led by Reps. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) and Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ-06) today urged him to publicly repudiate Chairman Thomas’s scheme, which threatens to hurt some Americans who need Social Security benefits the most (PDF of letter).
Jan 25, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is violating the law by delaying its decision on granting over-the-counter (OTC) status for the morning-after pill, says the law’s author. A rider attached to the FY05 Agriculture Appropriations bill prohibits the FDA from actions that run counter to its obligation to make decisions based on sound science, not political or ideological considerations (PDF of legislation - see Sec. 774). However, by extending its timeline and continuing deliberation on whether to grant OTC for the Plan B ® contraceptive, the FDA is ignoring the intent of Congress and the overwhelming recommendation of its own scientific panel.
Jan 19, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Wages for American workers lost ground to inflation from 2003 to 2004, according to fresh statistics released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics today. Average hourly earnings dipped by 0.4 percent between December 2003 and December 2004 when inflation is factored in, the biggest such decline since 1992 and the first in more than a decade. Meanwhile, the real average weekly earnings (adjusted for inflation) decreased by 0.2 percent in 2004.
Jan 19, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - The Washington Times reported today that after months of deliberation, the Army will not lift its ban on women in ground combat or in units that embed with ground combat soldiers. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), who has closely scrutinized the Bush administration’s treatment of women in the military, said in response that female soldiers are already involved in fighting in Iraq, so the ban is misleading.
Jan 19, 2005 Press Release
 NEW YORK, NY- This afternoon, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-14) announced a $200,000 federal appropriation for the Rape Crisis Intervention Program (RCIP) at Beth Israel Medical Center. The RCIP will use the federal funds to educate young adults - the segment of our population most vulnerable to sexual assault and victimization - about rape prevention. Following Congresswoman Maloney’s announcement, Carole Sher, the Director of the RCIP, offered those in attendance a “Top Ten” list of the most important things young people and adults should keep in mind to help prevent sexual violence.
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Jan 13, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-14), Michael Michaud (ME-02) and a bipartisan group of 95 of their colleagues urged the Justice Department to help rape victims avoid unwanted pregnancies by including the option of emergency contraception (EC) in its National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examination (PDF of letter). The Department’s first-ever medical guidelines for treating sexual-assault victims currently excludes any mention of EC, commonly called the “Morning-After Pill,” even though earlier draft versions did contain references to EC.

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