Homeland Security

Nobody knows the importance of homeland security better than New Yorkers. Congresswoman Maloney is working to ensure New York is prepared for, and working to prevent, future terrorist attacks. This includes making sure the Department of Homeland Security is adequately funded and that these funds are invested in areas based on risk and vulnerability, first responders are well trained, equipped, and cared for, and major terrorist targets like New York City are prepared and protected.

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  • Homeland Security Funding and Protecting New York: Since 9/11, Congresswoman Maloney has led a number of efforts in Congress to direct a greater share of homeland security funding to the communities under threat, which too often are shortchanged. Congresswoman Maloney continues to strongly support the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission that homeland security should be based strictly on an assessment of risk and vulnerability, and that New York City and Washington, D.C. should be at the top of any such list. Read More
  • 9/11 Health and Compensation: On January 2, 2011, President Obama Signed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (H.R. 847) into law. Congresswoman Maloney spent nearly a decade fighting to pass this important law, which has provided medical monitoring, treatment, and compensation to those sick and injured from the September 11th attacks. Read More
  • Foreign Acquisitions and National Security: Congresswoman Maloney authored the National Security Foreign Investment Reform and Strengthened Transparency Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-49). This legislation strengthens and reforms the process by which the interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reviews foreign direct investment for national security issues. The need for this reform was made evident in early 2006 when CFIUS failed to raise red flags about a deal that would have put commercial control of several key U.S. ports into the hands of a company owned by the government of Dubai. This Act establishes CFIUS in statute rather than as a creature of Executive Order, implements mandatory 45-day investigations for all deals involving foreign governments, requires high-level review of such transactions, gives the Director of National Intelligence a greater role in the CFIUS process, and improves congressional oversight, among other provisions.
  • Civil Liberties Board: As the co-chair of the former 9/11 Commission Caucus, Congresswoman Maloney fully supported the passage of all 41 recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. Out of concern that the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board was not given the teeth it needs to be an effective board, she introduced “The Protection of Civil Liberties Act”. This bill would have created the board as recommended by the 9/11 Commission. In 2007 Congress passed H.R. 1, “Implementing the Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007” (P.L. 110-53), which included important provisions from Congresswoman Maloney’s legislation intended to strengthen the Privacy and Civil Liberties Board to more closely reflect the  recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.

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More on Homeland Security

Oct 20, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, House and Senate conferees meet for the first time to work on reconciling differences between H.R. 10 and S. 2845, each respective chamber's version of a bill to implement the 9-11 Commission's recommendations. On Friday, October 15, Governor Kean and Representative Hamilton, the former chairmen of the commission, stated that they believe “the time is now to complete action on legislation to implement the recommendations of the 9-11 Commission.”
Oct 18, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, in a speech in New Jersey, President Bush urged Congress to take quick action on the intelligence reform bill currently on its way to conference so he can sign it into law. Reps. Christopher Shays (R-CT) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), sponsors of the bipartisan Collins-Lieberman and McCain-Lieberman bills in the House (H.R. 5150 and H.R. 5040), have worked closely with the 9/11 families and 9/11 Commission to get a bill to the president’s desk before Election Day, and they applauded the president’s comments in the following joint statement:
Sep 30, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Members of the Bipartisan 9/11 Commission Caucus, the 9/11 Commission and the 9/11 Family Steering Committee joined together again today to call for a rule allowing amendments to H.R. 10.

Sep 9, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representatives Christopher Shays (R-CT), Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations, and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced the 9/11 Commission Report Implementation Act.
Sep 7, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representatives Christopher Shays (R-CT), Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations, and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) announced they will introduce the House version of the 9/11 Commission Report Implementation Act. In addition, Shays and Maloney announced that they will introduce a resolution to amend House rules, reorganizing Congressional oversight of intelligence and homeland security to make it more effective and efficient, as recommended by the 9/11 Commission.

Sep 1, 2004 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY - With President Bush set to visit New York City firefighters in Queens tonight, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY) released the following statement and provided President Bush with a map and directions to a nearby closed fire station in Queens:
Aug 23, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - The federal government and Congress need to create a smarter way of combating terror financing, said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) at a hearing of the Financial Services Committee on the 9/11 Commission report today. Maloney, who is co-chair of the 9/11 Commission Caucus, which works to enact all of the commission’s recommendations, said that change needs to come in both the executive and legislative branches if the U.S. is to be able to not only neutralize terror financing, but to get to its root as well.

Aug 18, 2004 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY), Chair of the Task Force on Homeland Security for the House Democratic Caucus, urged a crack down on access in U.S. markets to the 50 caliber armor-piercing sniper rifle, a weapon of terrorist organizations including Al Qaeda.

Aug 17, 2004 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY - New York’s Congressional Democrats, including Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler, Maurice Hinchey, Elliot Engel, Anthony Weiner, and Major Owens, released a report today outlining the issues on which the Bush administration has been detrimental to New York. The Republican National Convention will be held in New York City in two weeks, and it is likely that at that time the GOP will paint a rosy picture of its treatment of New York - a picture discounted by this Congressional report.

Aug 6, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - A first-of-its-kind Congressional report that analyzes the distribution of all homeland security funding programs to states reveals that low-density, lower-threat states receive the most money per capita, while high-threat locations like New York continue to get shortchanged because of outdated, unfair funding formulas.