Press Releases

Sep 5, 2003 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democrats, citing numerous reports that significant holes in terrorism preparedness still exist, unveiled a new, comprehensive plan of action that would address specific security needs across the board - from emergency responders to cargo screening. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D- Manhattan and Queens), who has emerged as a leader in the 9/11 recovery efforts and homeland security and is the Chair of the Democratic Task Force on Homeland Security, joined with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other party leaders to announce the plan. Maloney spoke of the serious security challenges New York City still faces, two years after the attacks of 9/11. She used first-hand knowledge of the plight of the City's emergency responders to stress the need to implement the plan.

Sep 3, 2003 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY: Details about reductions in the amount of 9/11 recovery aid that New York is expected to receive from Washington emerged today, at a public forum hosted by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, City Council Speaker Gifford Miller, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Council Member Alan Gerson, Chair of the Council's Lower-Manhattan Redevelopment Committee, & Joel Rivera, Chair of the Council's State & Federal Legislation Committee.
Sep 2, 2003 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced that the Federal Air Marshals program will be merged with customs and immigration programs and that employees currently working in the customs and immigration sections will be "cross-trained" as Federal Air Marshals (FAMs). This announcement comes in the wake of the controversy over Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) decision to remove FAMs from certain flights. That decision was based largely on the fact that many homeland security programs are cash-strapped and that DHS has requested reprogramming of FAM funds into other areas. The day after DHS's decision to remove FAMs became public, news reports said that the department still planned to cut FAM training.

Aug 27, 2003 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - The Bush administration has stopped funding a program to support AIDS prevention for refugees in Africa - some of the most vulnerable people in the world - because of the involvement of a British international family planning organization, called Marie Stopes International.
Aug 15, 2003 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - On Tuesday, Iran's hardline clerics rejected a move for that country to ratify the United Nations's Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). While most of the world - 173 countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan - has spoken out against discrimination against women by binding themselves to this convention, Iran remains on a short list with the United States of countries who have yet to ratify. The Bush Administration refuses to take a position on the Convention and continually deflects questions about it. Today, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), a multiple-time sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment in the U.S. Congress, expressed continuing confoundment at the Bush Administration's refusal to express its desire to ratify the convention.

Aug 11, 2003 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - According to a news report today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has turned on some of its most vital employees by conducting a "witch hunt" of Federal Air Marshals (FAMs) to determine the source of previous news reports that FAMs would be cut from flights to save on hotels. Today's report is the latest eye-opening story about the internal management of the FAM program and has raised new questions about whether the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is more concerned with internal politics than it is with properly securing America's airliners. In response to today's report, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), Chair of the Democratic Task Force on Homeland Security, called on her colleagues to investigate the internal TSA probe and the agency's reported threat to use the USA Patriot Act on its own employees.

Aug 5, 2003 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Railroad companies that carried Holocaust victims to Nazi Germany's concentration camps would be subject to trial in the United States under new, bipartisan legislation (H.R. 2954) proposed by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL). The bill would affect French railroad companies, which took more than 75,000 Jews from France to concentration camps during World War II.
Jul 31, 2003 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - One day after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reversed course to quell a controversy over its plan to remove air marshals from some flight to save on hotel costs, press reports today indicate that DHS will go forward with plans to cut air marshal training to save money. Concerned about what she calls the "shell game" the agency is playing with funding, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), Chair of the Democratic Task Force on Homeland Security, urged Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to make public all plans for homeland security program cutbacks in a letter sent today.
Jul 29, 2003 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Promoting healthy families and ensuring the rights of new mothers, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-14) introduced H.R. 2790, the Breastfeeding Promotion Act, on July 18, 2003, with twelve bipartisan original cosponsors. Her legislation amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect breastfeeding by new mothers, provides for a performance standard for breast pumps, and provides tax incentives to encourage breastfeeding.
Jul 28, 2003 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY - Today, Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-14) released a new report about the impact and value of Head Start programs for the East Side of Manhattan and Western Queens. In conjunction with the release, Rep. Maloney joined with many of her Democratic colleagues in the House of Representatives last week in speaking out against H.R. 2210, a bill proposing dramatic and needless changes to the early childhood Head Start program.