WASHINGTON, DC - Representatives Christopher Shays (R-CT) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) today introduced the World Trade Center Historic Study Act, directing the National Park Service (NPS) to conduct a study of the feasibility and suitability of establishing a memorial at the Twin Towers site to commemorate the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, President Bush will sign into law legislation criminalizing safe abortion procedures (the so-called "partial-birth" abortion ban). In doing so, he becomes the first president to recriminalize abortion since Roe v. Wade.
NEW YORK, NY - Today, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge held a press conference in Charleston, W.V. to announce FY 2004 homeland security grants. In reaction, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), Chair of the House Democratic Task Force on Homeland Security released the following statement:
WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Carolyn Maloney's (NY-14) amendment to the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill that outlines much needed assistance for Afghan women and girls was included in the final version the legislation, which passed late last night and will be signed into law by the president. The Maloney amendment, offered with Reps. Henry Hyde (IL-06), Tom Lantos (CA-12), and Judy Biggert (IL-13), urges $60 million of the reconstruction aid for Afghanistan go to programs that benefit Afghan women and girls. The amendment also directs $5 million to go to the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission to combat human rights abuses.
WASHINGTON, DC - A Congressional nationwide survey of local officials and emergency responders has portrayed an overwhelming sense of disconnect between the federal government and the men and women on the front lines of homeland security. The House Democratic Task Force on Homeland Security, led by Chair Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), today released its report on the survey which, while not scientific, provides an outline of the situation - an overwhelming majority of respondents have never been contacted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), have not been given specific information about protecting their own communities and do not have adequate resources for homeland security. Overall, only 16% of respondents said the federal government is doing all it can (full report and results available on the web at: http://maloney.house.gov/sites/maloney.house.gov/files/documents/olddocs/Homeland/Survey.pdf ).
WASHINGTON, DC - To help eliminate huge sums of money American troops serving in Iraq are paying just to get home during their two-week R&R stints, Rep. Maloney will donate frequent flyer miles to a program for returning military personnel and has urged New Yorkers to donate miles as well. Troops are currently being flown by the Armed Services to Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), but are not given airfare to continue home from BWI. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-03) began the Operation Hero Miles program (website: http://www.heromiles.org ), which asks Americans to donate frequent flyer miles so that troops can fly home free of charge.
NEW YORK, NY: Today, Nancy Ploeger, President of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, announced the start of a national campaign to seek the support of Chambers of Commerce around the country in opposing taxation on 9/11 aid and urging federal elected officials to reverse the wrongheaded, harmful IRS decision.
Washington, D.C.-US Rep. Christopher Shays (CT-4), Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations, today announced the panel will convene an oversight hearing in New York City to examine the short and long term health effects of the September 11th attack on Ground Zero workers, and steps taken by the federal and local government to diagnose and provide treatment to those affected.