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The world is truly a global community, and Congresswoman Maloney is proud that her district is home to a diverse population of thousands of people whose ancestries trace back to all parts of the world. The Congresswoman believes that America should continue to strengthen its relations with other nations politically, economically, culturally, and socially.

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  • Hellenic Caucus: Congresswoman Maloney represents one of the largest Greek populations in the world, outside of Cyprus and Greece. As a supporter of strong U.S. relations with Greece and Cyprus, the Congresswoman is the founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues. The Caucus serves to bring a renewed congressional focus on key diplomatic, military, and human rights issues in this critical part of the world. The members of the Caucus introduce legislation, arrange briefings on current events, and disseminate information to interested parties. The topics on which the Caucus focuses include U.S. aid to Greece and Cyprus, the conflict on Cyprus, U.S. relations with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the status of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and developments in the Aegean. For more information, click here

  • Korean Issues: In summer 2017, Congresswoman Maloney, along with five of her colleagues from the House and Senate, went on an official 9-day Congressional Delegation trip to Hawaii, Japan, South Korea, and China to discuss the threat posed by North Korea. On the trip, she met with U.S. military leaders, senior Japanese trade and defense officials, North Korean defectors, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Upon return, she joined Reps. Ann Wagner (MO-02) and Mike Gallagher (WI-08) to introduce the Leverage to Enhance Effective Diplomacy Act of 2017, which would impose strict sanctions on any entity doing business with North Korea and block those entities from the United States financial system. Congresswoman Maloney supports aggressive diplomatic efforts and tougher sanctions to peacefully resolve the North Korean nuclear threat. 

  • Armenian Genocide: As a member of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, Congresswoman Maloney works with her colleagues and the Armenian community to strengthen relations between the United States and Armenia. Additionally, Congresswoman Maloney has fought in Congress to have America officially recognize the Armenian genocide, especially considering its 100th anniversary in 2015.

  • Human Rights: Millions of innocent civilians have died or have been displaced because of the conflicts and human rights violations in countries such as Burma, Mexico and Sudan. As a fierce defender of human rights, Congresswoman Maloney has joined many of her colleagues in efforts to combat human rights violations throughout the world.

  • Qatar Affairs: As co-chair of the Qatari-American Caucus, Congresswoman Maloney worked to bring the Weill Cornell Medical Campus to Qatar.

  • South Asian Affairs: The South Asian community is a vibrant part of New York City’s diverse population. Congresswoman Maloney spearheaded efforts in Congress to support a Diwali Stamp, introducing legislation in the 113th and 114th Congresses. Celebrated by millions of Americans, Diwali was the only major holiday which had not been recognized by the United States Postal Service. Congresswoman Maloney celebrated the first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Diwali Stamp at the Consulate General of India in New York on October 5, 2016. In 2010, Congresswoman Maloney successfully overturned a rule which prevented Sikh men with beards and turbans from serving in the army. She helped lead eight of her colleagues in calling on the Department of Defense to make an exception to uniform rules so Sikh-Americans could serve their country while preserving their right to freedom of religion. In March 2016, Congresswoman Maloney was the first member of Congress to request an investigation into the theft of $81 million from the Bangladesh Central Bank account at the New York Federal Reserve, pressing the banking regulators in letters and hearings to ensure that banks have adequate Cyber controls and are complying with system requirements. 

    Boko Haram: Since Boko Haram’s capture of 267 schoolgirls from Chibok, Nigeria in 2014, Congresswoman Maloney has supported the effort to #BringBackOurGirls, and supports international efforts to help eradicate the terrorist and anti-American organization, Boko Haram.

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Nov 3, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON –Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Gus M. Bilirakis (FL-12), Ted Deutch (FL-21) and 14 of their House colleagues are calling on Secretary of State John Kerry to strongly oppose the invasion of waters off the southern coast of Cyprus by Turkish ships performing seismic tests for natural gas. As a result of Turkey’s provocation, reunification talks between Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders are on hold.

Oct 27, 2014 Press Release

NEW YORKCongresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) will lead a Presidential Delegation to Poland for the opening of POLIN, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Poland on October 28. The Presidents of Israel and Poland will be leading the ceremony. Maloney leaves today for the trip with five other members of the Presidential Delegation.

Sep 17, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney today delivered the following statement from the House floor in opposition to the McKeon Amendment, which would provide the President with the authority to equip and train Syrian rebels to fight against the Islamic State (ISIL/ISIS):

“Mr. Speaker, while I support air strikes, I rise in opposition to this amendment.

Sep 17, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney today delivered the following statement from the House floor in opposition to the McKeon Amendment, which would provide the President with the authority to equip and train Syrian rebels to fight against the Islamic State (ISIL/ISIS):

“Mr. Speaker, while I support air strikes, I rise in opposition to this amendment.

Aug 20, 2014 Press Release

NEW YORK – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) today released the following statement on the murder of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State insurgents.

Jul 17, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON – The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) this week presented Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) with the Ukraine Democracy Award for her efforts in promoting a strong U.S. policy in support of Ukrainian independence during the seven-month-long crisis in Crimea.

May 7, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After hearing the news that President Barack Obama had sent U.S. military and law enforcement personnel to help Nigeria find the teenage girls who were kidnapped from their school by the terrorist group Boko Haram, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement:

Mar 27, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTONCongresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) today released the following statement on H.R. 4278, a bill that would provide aid to Ukraine and impose additional sanctions on Russia. 

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