Press Releases

Jul 7, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - This week, 19 Members of Congress urged President Bush to discuss with Pakistani leaders the need to provide Pakistani women with basic human rights and freedom (letter to Bush: (Download related PDF)).
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Jul 1, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - A day after Treasury Secretary John Snow notified Congress that the administration opposes the extension of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), a group of New York Members of Congress took action to ensure TRIA’s survival. Today, twenty-one bipartisan New York Members - led by Representative Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) - sent a letter to Rep. Michael Oxley (R-OH), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, requesting that he move forward promptly on pending legislation to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), which will expire at the end of this year (PDF of letter: http://maloney.house.gov/sites/maloney.house.gov/files/documents/olddocs/banking/063005ltrTRIA.pdf).
Jun 30, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Treasury Secretary John Snow wrote to Congress to state the Administration’s official position that the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), passed after 9/11, is no longer necessary. The program has helped insure commercial property-holders against future terrorists attacks, and it has been a safety net for those looking to build or own property in high-threat areas. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan and Queens), who represents many major commercial property owners and financial institutions in New York, reacted in strong opposition to the administration’s stance.
Jun 30, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - After a deal struck on the House floor last night, the initial budget of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board created in last year’s landmark 9/11 Commission bill will be doubled to $1.5 million. The board would have had a $750,000 budget under the original FY06 Transportation, Treasury and Housing Appropriations bill, which is now on the House floor. Recognizing that such a level of funding is insufficient for a board tasked with monitoring civil liberties at multiple federal departments, Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Christopher Shays (R-CT) - Chairs of the 9/11 Commission Caucus - and Tom Udall (D-NM) offered the amendment to expand the board’s beginning budget.
Jun 24, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Today, a group of lawmakers introduced a resolution that would celebrate the U.N.'s accomplishments on its 60th anniversary (text of resolution: (Download related PDF)). Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Christopher Shays (R-CT) and 13 colleagues introduced the resolution commending the United Nations on six decades of noteworthy humanitarian efforts and encouraging the organization to commit to structural reform so that it might continue its world involvement.
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Jun 23, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - A bipartisan group of New York lawmakers today secured an agreement from Congressman Ralph Regula (R-OH), the Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, to work to prevent $125 million in Ground Zero workers compensation aid from being taken back by the federal government.
Jun 22, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - According New York Times report today (“Social Security Opened Its Files for 9/11 Inquiry”) and documents recently obtained after a Freedom of Information Act request by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the Social Security Administration (SSA) changed its rules on an “ad-hoc” basis to share personal information with law enforcement immediately after 9/11. In a letter sent today to Ways and Means Chairman Bill Thomas and Government Reform Tom Davis, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) called for Congressional hearings to examine the lack of notification about information sharing and the privacy implications (http://maloney.house.gov/sites/maloney.house.gov/files/documents/olddocs/Homeland/062205SSAHearing.pdf). She has previously written the SSA Commissioner about this issue (text of letter: http://maloney.house.gov/sites/maloney.house.gov/files/documents/olddocs/Homeland/052705SSA.pdf).
Jun 22, 2005 Press Release
 QUEENS, NY- Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY) is pleased to announce that Federal Home Loan Bank of New York is providing a $250,000 grant for the Hallets Cove Apartments project (The Project). The Project, sponsored by St. George Episcopal Church Housing Corporation, will provide low-income housing for senior citizens.
Jun 21, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - The National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), which was officially created in the landmark Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, is still not fully operational, and now Congress will keep close tabs on its progress. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) and Christopher Shays (CT-3) today offered and successfully attached an amendment to the Intelligence Authorization bill that requires the Director of National Intelligence to report to Congress on the status of the NCTC every 30 days.
Jun 21, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - As the president’s plan to take back $125 million in promised 9/11 injured workers funds makes its way through Congress, Members of the New York Congressional delegation are challenging the administration to prove that the entire $21.4 billion of 9/11 aid promised in a 2002 Rose Garden press conference has been committed to New York (Letter to OMB: http://maloney.house.gov/sites/maloney.house.gov/files/documents/olddocs/Sept11/062105LtrOMB.pdf). Recently, when members of the New York delegation decried the proposal to take back funds, an Office of Management and Budget official was quoted in news reports claiming that the entire aid package continues to exceed $20 billion - the amount originally promised by the president (New York Daily News, “City Losing 169M in 9-11 Funds,” June 9, 2005). However, in their letter to OMB, Reps. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), Jerrold Nadler (NY-8) and seven colleagues provide new accounting showing that $18.46 billion in aid has been given.

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