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

Apr 28, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - A month ago, as former White House Counterterrorism Czar Richard Clarke testified before the commission investigating the 9/11 attacks, Republicans went on the offensive by attacking his credibility and saying that he told an entirely different story in classified testimony before Congress in 2002. Republican leaders called for the declassification of that testimony, and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Porter Goss said he began the process for declassification. The testimony has yet to be made public, and Republicans, who were up in arms in March, no longer talk about Clarke’s testimony.
Apr 20, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) has asked Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General Kent Clark Ervin to investigate whether adequate procedures are in place at DHS to prevent officials from approving the disclosure of sensitive or classified information to the press. These concerns most recently surfaced following a controversial airing of two segments on the Federal Air Marshal (FAM) Program on NBC Nightly News on February 5th and 6th, 2004, for which FAM officials knowingly disclosed the procedures for air marshals to board and secure commercial aircraft.

Apr 19, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge today announced the formation of a task force to coordinate and accelerate the public and private sectors’ security plans for major events this summer that could be the target of terrorist attacks. These events include Independence Day, the dedication of the World War II Memorial and the political conventions.

Apr 16, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) today released a report on instances of what it calls “gross mismanagement” in the Federal Air Marshals (FAM) program - a report that FLEOA says serves as “official notice” to Congress. The report cites the release of classified information on FAM procedures for the purpose of national television stories, downgrading the classification of the FAM position, and FAM Director Thomas Quinn’s disparaging remarks about FAMs, among other issues of contention.

Mar 26, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Key border protection agencies under the Department of Homeland Security will be unable to add new agents due to a hiring freeze caused by either budget shortfall or a computer glitch that created the shortfall. The Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureaus are affected by the freeze.

Feb 23, 2004 Press Release
QUEENS, NY: Standing with top New York City fire officers and firefighters today, in front of a recently shut-down fire station, Members of Congress Carolyn Maloney (NY) and Joseph Crowley (NY) revealed how large city fire departments across the country are being denied millions of dollars in federal homeland security funds that are urgently needed to prepare and train for the possibility of future terrorist attacks.
Feb 12, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - $2.3 billion. That is the overall cut for first responders in the President's budget proposal, as officially pinpointed in a Congressional Research Service (CRS) memo (http://maloney.house.gov/sites/maloney.house.gov/files/documents/olddocs/Homeland/FirstResponderFundingFY05Budget.pdf). The information was requested by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), Chair of the House Democratic Task Force on Homeland Security. News of the huge cut comes despite the Administration touting a nearly 10% increase for overall homeland spending.

Feb 2, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Three days after Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) and 20 of her colleagues formally urged the President to at least double the "high-threat" money for cities at risk for terrorism, it seems that their request may have been granted; however, first responders across the country are facing overall cuts.
Jan 30, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - President Bush has pledged that his FY2005 budget proposal, to be released on Monday, will include a nearly 10% increase for homeland security, but Members of Congress from America's highest-threat cities told the President today that those numbers mean little if he doesn't send the assistance to the places most in need of protection.
Jan 20, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Tonight, President George Bush delivered his annual State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress. Following the speech, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), who was in attendance, issued the following statement, advocating new, different proposals for job creation, health care and homeland security: