Significant Bills Introduced
Below is a selected list of bills Representative Maloney has introduced.
Federal Employee Paid Leave Act
(H.R. 1534, 116th Congress) The provision provides 12 weeks paid family medical leave to federal workers to care for themselves and their families. The bill was rolled into and passed the House of Representatives as Sec. 1122 of H.R. 2500, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, on 7/12/2019. The Congresswoman has been introducing a version of this bill since the 106th Congress .
Hadiya Pendleton and Nyasia Pryear-Yard Gun Trafficking and Crime Prevention Act of 2019
(H.R.1670, 116th Congress) This bipartisan bill would make firearms trafficking a federal felony and impose stronger penalties for “straw purchasers” who buy guns for convicted felons and others who are prohibited from buying guns on their own. The legislation was first introduced in the 113th Congress.
Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2019
(H.R.820, 116th Congress) This bill requires criminal background checks on all firearms transactions occurring at gun shows. Maloney first introduced the bill in 2013 as H.R. 141. 50 million dollars was appropriated to close the loophole in H.R. 8: Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, which passed the House of Representatives on 2/27/2019.
Women and Minorities in STEM Booster Act of 2019
(H.R. 4528, 116th Congress) The bill would establish grants to support programs designed to increase participation for women and minorities in STEM. Under the bill, grants would support online workshops, mentoring opportunities to connect professionals with students, internships for undergraduate and graduate students, outreach programs for K-12 students, and retention programs for STEM faculty. Maloney first introduced the bill in 2014 in the 114th Congress.
Financial Transparency Act of 2019
(H.R. 4476, 116th Congress) The legislation will make financial data more easily available and less opaque by requiring the U.S. financial regulatory agencies to better organize data and make this data available online as open data. The Financial Transparency Act will bring financial reporting into the 21st Century, will make information easier to access, and will reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens for businesses across the country.
Overdraft Protection Act of 2019
(H.R.4254, 116th Congress) The bill will crack down on unfair overdraft fees and would establish fair and transparent practices for overdraft coverage programs. Overdraft fees currently cost consumers an egregious $15 billion per year, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This bill will slash this drastically. Maloney first introduced such legislation as the Consumer Overdraft Protection Fair Practices Act in the 109th Congress.
Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women's Healthcare Services Act
(H.R.2646, 116th Congress) This bill prohibits advertisements that create the false impression that (1) a person or organization provides abortion services when they do not, or (2) they do not provide such services when they do. Abortion services include (1) surgical and non-surgical procedures to terminate pregnancy, or (2) providing referrals for such procedures. Maloney has reintroduced this bill in every Congress since the 109th.
Corporate Transparency Act of 2019
(H.R.2513, 116th Congress) This bill would require companies to disclose their true, beneficial owners at the time the company is formed to prevent bad actors from using anonymous shell companies to thwart law enforcement and hide their illicit activities. Anonymous incorporation isn’t difficult for criminals to do — no U.S. states currently require companies to provide the identities of the company’s true, beneficial owners. This makes it very easy for criminals and other bad actors to manipulate the system and launder or hide money via anonymous shell companies. The Congresswoman has been introducing a version of this legislation since the 111th Congress, originally called the Incorporation Transparency and Law Enforcement Assistance Act.
Access to Birth Control Act
(H.R.2182, 116th Congress) Contraception is an essential part of reproductive health care, and patients who need this care should be able to access it in a timely manner. However, there have been reports of pharmacies in at least 25 states that have refused to dispense contraception to patients. The Access to Birth Control Act would ensure that pharmacies provide a contraceptive or a medication related to a contraceptive to a patient without delay, or assist the patient in accessing their medication elsewhere if it is out of stock. Maloney first introduced this bill in the 110th Congress.
Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act
(H.R.1980, 116th Congress) This bill would establish in the Smithsonian a comprehensive women’s history museum. Maloney first introduced this bill as H.R. 19 in the 115th Congress. She has been working to build a women’s history museum on the national mall since 1998.
Ending Secrecy About Workplace Sexual Harassment Act
(H.R. 1828, 116th Congress) This bill requires annual reporting by employers of the number of settlements with employees regarding claims of discrimination on the basis of sex, including verbal and physical sexual harassment. Maloney first introduced this bill as H.R. 4729 in the 115th Congress.
Never Again Education Act
(H.R.943, 116th Congress) This bipartisan bill will give teachers across the United States the resources and training they need to teach our children the important lessons of the Holocaust and the consequences of intolerance and hate. She has been introducing legislation related to Holocaust education since 1999, when she introduced the Holocaust Education Assistance Act in the 106th Congress.
Firearm Risk Protection Act of 2019
(H.R. 822, 116th Congress) The bill would require gun owners to purchase liability insurance, incentivizing responsible gun ownership. Maloney first introduced this bill in the 113th Congress.
NICS Review Act of 2019
(H.R.821, 116th Congress) This bill requires records of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to be retained for at least 90 days. Maloney first introduced the bill in the 115th Congress.
Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2019
(H.R.777, 116th Congress) This bill reauthorizes grants that support state and local efforts to process DNA evidence in rape kits. Specifically, it reauthorizes through FY2024 the following: grants under the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant Program; grants to provide DNA training and education for law enforcement personnel, corrections personnel, and court officers; and grants under the Sexual Assault Forensic Exam Program. Maloney first introduced the bill in 2008 in the 110th Congress as H.R. 5057, which was signed into law, and she was also the lead sponsor of the original Debbie Smith Act, H.R. 2874 in the 107th Congress in 2001.
2020 Census IDEA Act
(H.R.732, 116th Congress) The 2020 Census IDEA Act would ensure that every decennial census is adequately researched, tested, and studied, to ensure the accuracy of the final product, and would strengthen congressional oversight regarding last-minute changes. Maloney first introduced the bill in the 115th Congress.
Gun Violence Prevention Research Act of 2019
(H.R.674, 116th Congress) This bill authorizes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct or support research on firearms safety or gun violence. It would provide $50 million for this public health crisis. The Congresswoman first introduced similar legislation in the 113th Congress.
The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)
(H.J.Res.35, 116th Congress) The Equal Rights Amendment would enshrine women’s equality in the US Constitution. It has been introduced in every congress since 1923, with the exception of the 10-year ratification process from 1972-1982. Rep. Maloney took up the mantle in the 105th.
The text of the amendment is:
That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States: 1. Women shall have equal rights in the United States and every place subject to its jurisdiction. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. 2.Congress and the several States shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article. 3.This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.
Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2018
(H.R.7089, 115th Congress) This bill requires certain issuers of securities to disclose their efforts to prevent the use of forced labor, slavery, trafficked persons, and child labor in their supply chains. Maloney first introduced the bill in 2011 as The Business Transparency on Trafficking & Slavery Act (H.R. 2759) in the 112th Congress.
Supporting Working Moms Act of 2017
(H.R. 3255, 115th Congress) This bill would expand protections for break time and accommodations to pump breast milk to all working mothers. The bill was first introduced in the 113th Congress.
Flexibility for Working Families Act
(H.R. 2271, 115th Congress) This bill would ensure that workers have the right to request a flexible work arrangement without fear of retribution. Even as the number of households with single parents or both parents working outside the home has increased laws haven’t kept pace with the new realities. This bill seeks to change that. Maloney originally introduced the bill as the ”Working Families Flexibility Act” in the 110th Congress.
Campus Accountability and Safety Act
(H.R. 1949, 115th Congress) This bill takes aim at sexual assaults on college and university campuses by protecting and empowering students, strengthening accountability and transparency for institutions, and establishing stiff penalties for non-compliance with the legislation’s new standards for training, data and best practices. Maloney first introduced this bill in the 113th Congress.
Family and Medical Leave Enhancement Act of 2014
(H.R. 5518, 114th Congress) The bill would expand FMLA protection to workers at companies with 15-49 employees and allows for unpaid “microleave” to accompany family members to medical appointments or attend parent-teacher conferences. The Act was first introduced in the 105th Congress.
Nazi Social Security Benefits Termination Act of 2014
(H.R. 5706, 113th Congress) This bill affirmatively declares Nazi war criminals as ineligible for federal benefits and instructs the Attorney General to inform the Social Security Administration when an individual has been denaturalized or has renounced his or her citizenship on the grounds of participation in Nazi persecution. Upon denaturalization or renunciation, these individuals will no longer be eligible for Social Security benefits. This legislation will enable the U.S. Government to stop payment of benefits by closing the loophole through which many former Nazis were able to leave the U.S. and retain eligibility for benefits.
Preserving Multifamily Housing Act of 2014
(H.R. 5495, 113th Congress) This bill promotes liquidity and stability in the multifamily housing market. It would only allow Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSE) regulators or conservators to require cuts to multifamily portfolios if there is evidence that a reduction or limitation is necessary to ensure the financial stability of a GSE. Examples of GSEs include Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Child Care Affordability Act of 2012
(H.R.4397, 112th Congress) The Child Care Affordability Act would expand the current tax credit for child and dependent-care expenses and also create a new tax deduction—capped at $13,000 for one child and $26,000 for two or more children—giving parents the choice of best options. The previous limits under the child care tax credit were established in 2003: $3,000 and $6,000 respectively.
Ending Tax Breaks for Discrimination Act of 2012
(H.R.4376, 112th Congress) This bill eliminates business tax deductions for expenses associated with private clubs that discriminate against women. The bill eliminates the current business tax deductions that are allowed for advertising, travel, accommodation and meal expenses to and from these clubs, and for events associated with these clubs. Discriminatory clubs will be required to clearly print on their receipts that expenditures at that club are not tax deductible. Over the years, untold amounts of money have been spent and legitimately expensed as business tax deductions from Federal income taxes. The legislation puts an end to that. When clubs are places where business relationships are fostered, deals are made, but women are excluded, the time has come to end tax breaks for supporting discrimination against women.
Access to Books for Children Act
(H.R. 907, 112th Congress) This legislation would provide low-income infants and children participating in The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) with vouchers to purchase educational books. The bill was first introduced in the 106th Congress.
Census Oversight Efficiency and Management Reform Act
(H.R. 4945 in the 111th Congress) Legislation that would ensure that the Census Bureau is able to focus on the task at hand regardless of political issues raised by both Democratic and Republican administrations by increasing the independence of the Census Bureau Director and by increasing transparency in the budget request process. Senators Carper and Coburn have introduced the companion bill in the Senate (S. 3167), which was recently marked up in full committee and is headed to the Senate floor [Introduced March 25, 2010].
Justice for Survivors of Sexual Assault Act
(H.R. 4114 in the 111th Congress) The lead sponsor of the Debbie Smith Act, hailed as "the most important antirape legislation in history," Rep. Maloney was instrumental in passing the law in 2004 that provides funding to reduce the backlog of DNA evidence in police storage facilities and crime labs. The Justice for Survivors of Sexual Assault Act, HR 4114, addresses the continuing rape kit backlog and several other problems that work to deny justice to victims of sexual assault—including the denial of free rape kits to survivors of sexual assault, and the shortage of trained health professionals capable of administering rape kit exams. By creating incentives for jurisdictions to eliminate their rape kit backlogs, process their incoming rape kits in a timely manner, and publicly report their backlog numbers, this legislation would go a long way to ensuring that the purpose and intent of the Debbie Smith Act be fully realized [Introduced November 19, 2009].
Consumer Overdraft Protection Fair Practices Act
(H.R. 946, 110th Congress) The bill would require account holders to optin to a bank's overdraft protection program, rather than allow banks to automatically enroll them without notification. The bill also would require banks to warn customers that a pending automatic teller machine (ATM) transaction may trigger an overdraft loan fee and to allow the customer to cancel the transaction after receiving the warning. The legislation would prohibit banks from "manipulating" the order in which checks and other debits are posted if it causes more overdrafts and maximizes fees.
Access to Birth Control Act
(H.R. 2596, 110th Congress) This legislation will protect an individual's access to legal birth control. It will require pharmacies to fill a valid prescription for birth control in a timely manner, and to provide overthecounter emergency contraception. This legislation will stop pharmacists from infringing on the rights of individuals in this country by making pharmacy refusals illegal. [Introduced on June 6, 2007].
Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act
(H.R. 1975, 110th Congress) Rep. Maloney has reintroduced legislation, along with Rep. Christopher Shays (RCT), that would designate more than 18 million acres of new wilderness areas based on ecosystems, watersheds and science, not arbitrary political boundaries [Introduced April 20, 2007].
(H.R. 1196, 108th Congress) As one of Congress' leading advocates for reproductive health care, Rep. Maloney succeeded in increasing funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in the FY02 Foreign Operations Appropriation to $34 million. This is a $12.5 million increase from the previous year. Congresswoman Maloney worked with her colleagues to ensure its inclusion. Unfortunately, while the House and Senate overwhelmingly adopted the FY02 Foreign Operations Appropriations Conference Report, which contained $34 million for this important UNFPA, the President is currently withholding these monies until further notice. Regardless, H.R. 1196 has been introduced in the 108th Congress to appropriate $80 million for FY04 and $84 million for FY08. Clearly, the obligation of these funds is critically important to this program [Introduced March 11, 2002].
Family and Medical Leave
(H.R. 1430 and H.R. 956 in the 108th) (H.R.2104, 106th Congress, H.R. 2287, 107th Congress) To amend the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 to permit leave to care for a domestic partner, parentinlaw, adult child, sibling, or grandparent if the domestic partner, parentinlaw, adult child, sibling, or grandparent has a serious health condition (H.R. 2103, 106th Congress, H.R. 2784, 107th Congress) To amend the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 to allow employees to take, as additional leave, parental involvement leave to participate in or attend their children's and grandchildren's educational and extracurricular activities and to clarify that leave may be taken for routine medical needs and to assist elderly relatives, and for other purposes.
The True American Heroes Act
(H.R.5138, 107th Congress, H.R. 1057, 109th Congress) Congresswoman Maloney was the lead Democratic cosponsor on legislation to award a Congressional Gold Medal in honor of the emergency responders who perished in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Flight 93. It also instructs the Treasury Department to mint coins in commemoration of the Spirit of America, recognizing the tragic events of September 11, 2001. H.R. 5138 passed the House on July 22, 2002. H.R. 1057 was introduced in the 109th Congress and reported out of the Financial Services Committee by voice vote on March 16th, 2005.
Bureau of Engraving and Printing Security Printing Amendments Act of 2002
(H.R. 2509, 107th Congress) Authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to produce currency, postage stamps, and other security documents for foreign governments (subject to a determination by the Secretary of State that such production is consistent with U.S. foreign policy) on a reimbursable basis. Perhaps most importantly, passage of this bill will allow the BEP to share its anticounterfeiting expertise with the countries whose currency it will produce. This was enacted as Section 2121 of H.R. 10 in the 108th Congress.
Community Protection and Response Act of 2002
(H.R. 5164, 107th Congress) Amends the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (the Act) to include a terrorist attack, dispersion of radioactive or other contaminants, dispersion of hazardous substances, or other catastrophic event as a "major disaster" eligible for relief under the Act. Includes as a "private nonprofit facility" for purposes of damages coverage in a major disaster private forprofit telecommunications, phone services, and utilities when losses occur during a homeland security event and are not covered by insurance [Introduced July 18, 2002.]
(H.R. 5291 in the 107th; H.R. 1112 in the 106th Congress, H.R.3637, 105th Congress) A bill to insure mortgages for the acquisition, construction, or substantial rehabilitation of child care and development facilities.
Debt Collection Wage Information Act of 1997
(H.R.2063, 105th Congress) A bill to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to make available to the Secretary of the Treasury information from the National Directory of New Hires for use in collecting delinquent debt owed to the Federal Government, and for other purposes [Hearing held on March 2, 1998].
Federal Benefit Verification and Integrity Act
(H.R.2347, 105th Congress) A bill to ensure the accuracy of information regarding the eligibility of applicants for benefits under Federal benefit programs [Hearing held on March 2, 1998].
Child Care Tax Credit
(H.R.1706, 105th Congress) A bill to provide a tax credit for employers who provide child care assistance for dependents of their employees [Passed Senate in 1997; Included in President Clinton's Child Care Proposal].
Efficient Check Clearing Act of 1997
(H.R.2119, 105th Congress) A bill to amend the Federal Reserve Act to expand the opportunity for private enterprise to compete with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in the transportation of paper checks [Hearing held on September 16, 1997].