Press Releases

Jul 31, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Food and Drug Administration said it will reconsider the application to make the Plan B emergency contraceptive available without a prescription for women 18 and over. For years the FDA has refused to approve applications to give Plan B over-the-counter status.
Jul 30, 2006 Press Release
QUEENS, NY – Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Queens, Manhattan) released a report outlining the crippling losses business owners are facing as a result of the power outage in western Queens.  The owners and managers of Titan Foods, the Astoria branch of Cold Stone Creamery, Ellopia Press and other businesses joined Maloney to express their need for greater assistance than the $7,000 currently offered by Con Ed.  Maloney also renewed her calls for federal hearings on the causes of the blackout and for the federal government to declare a disaster area in western Queens.
Jul 27, 2006 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Tom Osborne (R-NE) introduced new legislation today that would require the National Institutes of Health to conduct a comprehensive comparative study of vaccinated and unvaccinated populations, which may resolve the controversy about the possible link between autism and mercury or other vaccine components (Text of legislation).

Jul 27, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Top Democrats on the Joint Economic Committee are fighting to save a governmental survey that is critical for evaluating American living standards and the effectiveness of government programs. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), JEC’s senior House Democrat, and Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), JEC’s Ranking Member, today introduced legislation in the House and Senate that would keep the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation intact and create a multi-agency commission to review proposed changes to or elimination of the survey (Text of the legislation).
Jul 26, 2006 Press Release
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved H.R. 5337, the National Security Foreign Investment Reform and Strengthened Transparency Act of 2006 (National Security FIRST Act) by a vote of 424 to 0.  The bipartisan legislation would strengthen the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS) process by increasing administration accountability, improving the opportunities for congressional oversight, specifically involving the director of National Intelligence in reviews, and creating a process to track and enforce any agreements to mitigate security threats.
Jul 26, 2006 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – At a press conference Wednesday morning, U.S. Reps. Dave Weldon, M.D. (R-FL) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced a bill that would give responsibility for the nation’s vaccine safety to an independent agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, removing most vaccine safety research from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  Currently, the CDC has responsibility for both vaccine safety and promotion, which is an inherent conflict of interest increasingly garnering public criticism.

Jul 26, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Drawing from important lessons learned by New York City as it recovers from the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) and Jose Serrano (NY-16) today introduced legislation (HR 5901) that would open up more avenues of federal disaster relief to jurisdictions struck by terrorism. The "Community Protection and Response Act" would make recovery aid more accessibly by designating terrorist attacks, or "Homeland Security Events", as major disasters.
Jul 21, 2006 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Queens, Manhattan) called for federal hearings on a widespread power blackout that has left thousands of Queens residents without power for five days.  In a letter to House Government Reform Committee Chairman Tom Davis and Ranking Member Henry Waxman, Maloney requested that the federal government investigate how the blackout happened, why it happened, and what must be done to reduce the vulnerability of the power grid in the nation’s most prominent terrorist target. 
Jul 19, 2006 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, July 20, 2006) Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan & Queens) delivered the following remarks in the U.S. House of Representatives today regarding H.J. Res. 88, the Republican-led effort to pass a constitutional amendment to bar same-sex marriage laws from being enacted in any state in the nation:

I rise in strong opposition to H.J. Res. 88.

Instead of spending time working on the issues that really matter to the American people, we are here debating a proposed amendment that would write discrimination into the Constitution.

We do this even after the Senate failed to pass a similar amendment.

So let’s be clear, regardless of what the vote is today, this amendment is going nowhere. 

This makes our time on this even more pointless.

What this debate really is about is dividing our country and riling up the base for a Republican party increasingly concerned about their election prospects this November.

And the Republican leadership is willing to trample on our Constitution in order to do so and no issue is worth paying such a price.

Instead of debating discrimination and dividing our country, why don’t we spend our time
working to make health care more affordable, work to lower gas prices and achieve energy independence, raise the minimum wage, cut the cost of college, or work to ensure our hardworking constituents a dignified retirement?

Why is it that my Republican colleagues who talk so much about family values refuse to allow our families to earn a livable wage, refuse to fix the prescription drug program and turn their backs on our children by raising the interest rate on all student loans?

We must resist this divisive use of this House to score a few political points.  We must reject this effort.  We need real leadership that will bring our country towards a new direction.

There is a new direction that our country must go in that will help American families and address the issues that impact them every single day.

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Jul 19, 2006 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) spoke out against President Bush’s veto of HR 810, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act.  Bush used the first veto of his presidency to strike down HR 810; the bill would expand federal funding for stem cell research projects that use embryos from fertility clinics that would otherwise be discarded.