As a member of Congress and the Ranking Member on the Joint Economic Committee, Congresswoman Maloney is committed to making sure the economy works for everyone. Congress must ensure that the middle class and working families share in economic growth. America can strengthen its workforce and economy by investing in infrastructure, education, clean energy, and research and development, as well as promoting stronger workplace protections, more family-friendly leave policies, affordable childcare, a higher minimum wage, and support for small businesses.

Joint Economic Committee

The Joint Economic Committee was established by the Employment Act of 1946, the same legislation that created the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. The committee evaluates current economic conditions and makes economic policy recommendations to Congress. The committee holds hearings to discuss these current conditions and effects of government policy on the economy. It also frequently releases reports on different aspects of the economy, including employment, economic challenges, inequality, the export-import bank, and equal pay.

In the 111th Congress, Congresswoman Maloney was named the first woman Chair of the Joint Economic Committee. She currently serves as Ranking Member, the highest ranking Democrat, on this bicameral Congressional Committee.

The Joint Economic Committee, under the Congresswoman's direction, recently published a study, "Countering Misleading Claims about the Economy" which can be found here

For more on the Joint Economic Committee click here.

Select Highlights

  • In 2016, Phase I of the Second Avenue Subway will open, thanks to $1.3 billion in federal funds secured by Congresswoman Maloney. The new line will ease congestion on the Lexington Avenue line and provide the East Side with another sorely-needed link to Midtown. Construction of Phase I created 16,000 jobs and paves the way for new residential and commercial development on 2nd Avenue.

  • East Side Access, to connect LIRR to Grand Central Station, will help the nearly half of the service’s riders with destinations on the East Side. Congresswoman Maloney helped win over $2.6 billion in federal funding to make this important new link a reality.

  • In 2014 Congresswoman Maloney helped secure $670 million in federal funding for the reconstruction of the Kosciuszko Bridge—the largest single project in the history of the NY State Department of Transportation. This project is creating over 14,000 jobs during construction, and will help continue important economic growth in Brooklyn and Queens by upgrading the most-travelled bridge between these two boroughs.

  • Decades after the Equal Pay Act, women still earn less than men, even when they hold the same job. That’s why Congresswoman Maloney is leading the push to achieve equal pay. As the first woman to chair the Joint Economic Committee, she’s worked to highlight the important contributions of women to our economy, and to the livelihood of American families. Read about these efforts here.

  • As a senior Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, Congresswoman Maloney is a tireless advocate for American consumers. In 2009, she authored and passed the Credit CARD Act, bringing groundbreaking transparency to credit cards and ending deceptive practices. She has also authored legislation to reign in abusive overdraft fees that cost consumers billions each year. Read more here.

More on Economy

Aug 2, 2010 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. manufacturing sector added jobs in each month in the first half of 2010, following more than two years of unrelenting employment losses. A new report released today by the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC) examines this rebound while emphasizing that targeted policies are warranted to support the fragile expansion of the manufacturing sector.
Jul 15, 2010 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) issued the following statement applauding Senate passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act:

Jul 2, 2010 Press Release
Washington D.C. - Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Chair of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released the following statement on the Bureau of Labor Statistics' June jobs report showing that the unemployment rate decreased to 9.5 percent and 125,00 total nonfarm jobs were lost:
Jul 1, 2010 Press Release
Madam Speaker,
I rise in strong support of H.R.5618, the Restoration of Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act. At a time of unprecedented unemployment, when 1 in 10 Americans have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, it is unconscionable that Republicans have blocked for months the extension of critical unemployment benefits that help individuals and their families make ends meet while they continue to search for work.
Jun 25, 2010 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) today offered this statement following the final report of the Conference Committee early this morning. 

“This is a new day. Just over twelve months ago, President Obama called for major reforms as we were desperately trying to climb from the depths of the financial crisis. And today we've achieved the vast majority of his goals. He can attend the G20 meeting with a stronger hand to help lead the world out of this recession.
Jun 17, 2010 Press Release
New York, NY – According to data released by New York State’s Department of Labor today, 21,000 jobs were created in New York in the month of May, the fifth straight month of employment gains. The state’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.3% -- the lowest rate since April 2009. However, for the first time since December 2009, New York’s private sector did not experience employment gains.
May 28, 2010 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) today voted to help create or save more than a million American jobs, provide working families with tax cuts, and close tax loopholes that reward companies for outsourcing American jobs.
May 18, 2010 Press Release
New York, NY – At an event today at Baruch College, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Chair of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released a report showing that small businesses, which employ three out of every four workers in the United States, continue to face tight lending standards that are limiting their ability to hire new workers. Joining Maloney at today’s event were Shirley Leung, Economic Development Director of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Edward Rogoff, of Baruch College’s Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship; and New York small business owners Don Winter (of Encompass Media), Colleen Molter (of QED National) and Robert Schwartz (of Eneslow Shoes).

May 7, 2010 Press Release
Washington D.C. - Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Chair of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released the following statement on the Bureau of Labor Statistics' April jobs report showing that the unemployment rate increased to 9.9% and 290,000 total nonfarm jobs were added:

Apr 20, 2010 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) urged eligible New York small businesses to take advantage a substantial new health care tax credit available this year, thanks to the health care reform bill approved by Congress and signed into law by President Obama. Small businesses that provide -or begin providing- health care to their employees, have fewer than 25 workers, and have less than $50,000 in average annual wages per employee are eligible for the credit. The maximum credit available under the new law is equal to 35% of employers’ health care costs – with the maximum amount rising to 50% by 2014.