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

Dec 19, 2003 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - The New York Times reported today that a classified Administration report of a national terrorism preparedness drill conducted earlier this year revealed serious gaps in response on both the federal and local levels. Among the problems based on the response in Chicago and Seattle - the drill's staging grounds - were poor communications, poor prediction of radiological residue and public health equipment and facility shortages. In response to the report, House Democratic Task Force on Homeland Security Chair Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) issued the following statement.

Nov 21, 2003 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - The Republic National Committee (RNC) has released a new ad defending President Bush's plan for the War on Terrorism that will begin running Sunday in Iowa. The ad shows President Bush at the State of the Union saying, "It would take one vial, one canister, one crate to slipped to this country to bring a day of horror like we have ever known," and defends his policy of "preemptive self-defense."
Nov 13, 2003 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced the distribution of $725 million in Urban Area Security Initiative grants - money meant specifically for high-threat cities. This year's list includes dramatic cuts in security funding for America's most high-profile, big-target cities:

Nov 3, 2003 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY - Today, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge held a press conference in Charleston, W.V. to announce FY 2004 homeland security grants. In reaction, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), Chair of the House Democratic Task Force on Homeland Security released the following statement:

Oct 29, 2003 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - A Congressional nationwide survey of local officials and emergency responders has portrayed an overwhelming sense of disconnect between the federal government and the men and women on the front lines of homeland security. The House Democratic Task Force on Homeland Security, led by Chair Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), today released its report on the survey which, while not scientific, provides an outline of the situation - an overwhelming majority of respondents have never been contacted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), have not been given specific information about protecting their own communities and do not have adequate resources for homeland security. Overall, only 16% of respondents said the federal government is doing all it can (full report and results available on the web at: http://maloney.house.gov/sites/maloney.house.gov/files/documents/olddocs/Homeland/Survey.pdf ).

Sep 24, 2003 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Despite previous affirmations from the Administration about the need to change the Homeland Security grant formula that leaves the nation's top terrorist targets shortchanged, the House passed a Homeland Security Appropriations Conference Report (HR 2555) that keeps the formula intact. According to The New York Times, in this year's budget, Wyoming will get $9.78 per person for homeland security while California and New York, two high-threat states, will get only $1.33 and $1.40 per person, respectively. Congress has now approved $1.7 billion last year and another $1.7 billion this year under this funding formula.
Sep 5, 2003 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democrats, citing numerous reports that significant holes in terrorism preparedness still exist, unveiled a new, comprehensive plan of action that would address specific security needs across the board - from emergency responders to cargo screening. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D- Manhattan and Queens), who has emerged as a leader in the 9/11 recovery efforts and homeland security and is the Chair of the Democratic Task Force on Homeland Security, joined with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other party leaders to announce the plan. Maloney spoke of the serious security challenges New York City still faces, two years after the attacks of 9/11. She used first-hand knowledge of the plight of the City's emergency responders to stress the need to implement the plan.

Sep 2, 2003 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced that the Federal Air Marshals program will be merged with customs and immigration programs and that employees currently working in the customs and immigration sections will be "cross-trained" as Federal Air Marshals (FAMs). This announcement comes in the wake of the controversy over Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) decision to remove FAMs from certain flights. That decision was based largely on the fact that many homeland security programs are cash-strapped and that DHS has requested reprogramming of FAM funds into other areas. The day after DHS's decision to remove FAMs became public, news reports said that the department still planned to cut FAM training.

Aug 11, 2003 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - According to a news report today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has turned on some of its most vital employees by conducting a "witch hunt" of Federal Air Marshals (FAMs) to determine the source of previous news reports that FAMs would be cut from flights to save on hotels. Today's report is the latest eye-opening story about the internal management of the FAM program and has raised new questions about whether the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is more concerned with internal politics than it is with properly securing America's airliners. In response to today's report, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), Chair of the Democratic Task Force on Homeland Security, called on her colleagues to investigate the internal TSA probe and the agency's reported threat to use the USA Patriot Act on its own employees.

Jul 31, 2003 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - One day after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reversed course to quell a controversy over its plan to remove air marshals from some flight to save on hotel costs, press reports today indicate that DHS will go forward with plans to cut air marshal training to save money. Concerned about what she calls the "shell game" the agency is playing with funding, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), Chair of the Democratic Task Force on Homeland Security, urged Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to make public all plans for homeland security program cutbacks in a letter sent today.