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

Aug 3, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - In response to advancing legislation in Washington that is labeled as a homeland security reform measure but that would actually limit the government’s ability to distribute homeland security funds based solely on risk and threat assessments, as was recommended by the 9/11 Commission, New York Congressmembers Carolyn Maloney, Major Owens, and Edolphus Towns sought today to have the legislation fully reconsidered.
Aug 2, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Even though the President has the power to immediately help New York City - still considered target number one of future terrorist attacks - he chose not to make that a priority at his announcement today on what 9/11 Commission recommendations he would implement by executive order.
Jul 30, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY), Chair of the Homeland Security Task Force for the House Democratic Caucus, offered two ways that President Bush could act immediately to help New York City, based on the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation to direct homeland security aid to areas under highest threat of future terrorist attacks.
Jul 29, 2004 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY - In response to an announcement today that the Bush administration has finally agreed to convert billions in 9/11 tax benefits that were at risk of going unused into resources that can help the City’s recovery, Congresswoman Maloney released the following statement:
Jul 8, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan & Queens) urged her House colleagues to pass the “Freedom to Read” amendment, during debate on H.R. 4754, the Fiscal Year 2005 Commerce, Justice, State Appropriations bill. The “Freedom to Read” amendment failed to pass the House of Representatives by a vote of 210-210-1 after the Republican Leadership held the vote open for more than twice its allotted fifteen-minute time limit. The “Freedom to Read” amendment would have passed the House if not for the Republican leadership taking an extra fifteen minutes to twist the arms of its members.
Jun 21, 2004 Press Release
GRAND CENTRAL STATION, NEW YORK- Citing the recent terrorist attacks on Madrid’s subway system and the fact that over 195 terrorist attacks occurred on surface transportation systems worldwide between 1997 and 2000, members of Congress and transportation labor leaders today called for a major overhaul of rail and transit security policies by the federal government.
Jun 18, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - An amendment to cap the Department of Homeland Security’s ever-growing list of “high-threat” entities so that only cities truly at risk receive money from the Urban Area Security Initiative was voted down 292-113 during consideration of the Homeland Security Appropriations bill today. New York Reps. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) and Charles Rangel (NY-15) offered the amendment, which would have maintained the list of eligible entities at its current level, 80.

May 20, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - With members of the 9/11 Commission questioning the level of federal homeland security aid coming to New York City and the unfairness of overall homeland security funding formulas, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY) - Chair of the Task Force on Homeland Security for the House Democratic Caucus - released the following evidence today in support of their accurate and serious concerns.

May 19, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY), Chair of the Task Force on Homeland Security for House Democrats, in response to discussions on homeland security funding formulas during the 9/11 Commission hearings in New York today, said,

May 16, 2004 Press Release
New York, NY- With clear evidence that the New York City Fire Department’s (FDNY) communications systems have been inadequate during recent major emergencies, Congressmembers Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Christopher Shays (R-CT) announced legislation today to require the U.S. Department of Homeland security to put an adequate system in place within a year of the legislation’s passage into law.