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

Jul 28, 2003 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Democratic Members of Congress have begun distributing an unprecedented survey to elected officials and front-line homeland security workers in their districts to determine the level of terrorism preparedness in municipalities throughout the country. The Democratic Task Force on Homeland Security has stated that America's hometowns need standards of preparedness, and this survey will help develop those standards. The nationwide effort is the first Congressional survey of local security needs.
Jul 24, 2003 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Drawing from important lessons learned by New York City as it recovers from the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), together with Reps. Michael McNulty (NY-21), Jose Serrano (NY-16), and Ed Towns (NY-10), today introduced legislation that would open up more avenues of federal disaster relief to jurisdictions struck by terrorism. The "Community Protection and Response Act" would make recovery aid more accessibly by designating terrorist attacks, or "Homeland Security Events", as major disasters. In a sad irony, the Government Reform Committee unanimously approved this legislation during the development of the historic bill to create the Department of Homeland Security (H.R. 5005) last year, but it was stripped from the bill last year by the Republican leadership behind closed doors.

Jul 17, 2003 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Members of Congress representing the areas of the country most likely to be targeted for terrorist attacks today sent a letter to key members of the Bush administration requesting more federal funding to secure the country's largest centers of population, power and infrastructure. The letters urge Homeland Secretary Tom Ridge and Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson to revise funding formulas that they largely control to focus more on high-risk areas. Ridge has said publicly that he supports a "significantly higher" amount high-threat grants and a revision of distribution formulas but has not submitted a proposal to Congress. The letters were written by Reps. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) and Anthony Wiener (NY-9) and signed by 16 of their colleagues.
Jun 24, 2003 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY), Chair of the Task Force on Homeland Security for the Democratic Caucus, introduced an amendment to the 2004 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill today, in an effort to restore antiterrorism funding to America's high-threat cities.
Jun 24, 2003 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - More resources and direction are needed from the federal government to secure America's hometowns, testified an unprecedented collection of local officials, first responders and experts involved in hometown security today on Capitol Hill. As Congress debated the Homeland Security appropriations bill, witnesses appearing at the Democratic Task Force on Homeland Security's public forum on hometown security clearly sent the message that Congress has placed too much of the burden of fighting terrorism on local governments.

Jun 11, 2003 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY), Chair of the Task Force on Homeland Security for the Democratic Caucus, urged Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge this week, to establish a comprehensive emergency alert system (EAS) that takes full advantage of new communications technologies to better inform and guide the public during national disasters.
Nov 19, 2002 Press Release

NEW YORK: The seaports of New York and New Jersey are highly susceptible to terrorist activity, according to testimony presented today before Members of the House National Security Subcommittee at a Congressional field hearing held in lower-Manhattan. The Subcommittee, within the Committee on Government Reform, held the hearing in New York to look at multi-agency efforts to enhance security at the nation's seaports.

Jul 19, 2002 Press Release

WASHINGTON: Yesterday, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (Manhattan, Queens), Congressman Josè E. Serrano (Bronx), Congressman Anthony Weiner (Brooklyn, Queens) and Congressman Michael McNulty (Albany) introduced legislation to improve the federal government's ability to respond to major disasters and terrorist attacks. Reforms in the Maloney bill stem from a series of complications and delays in the allocation of federal aid and services to New York after the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Jul 11, 2002 Press Release
Washington, DC - Today, during a markup in the House Government Reform Committee of HR 5005, The Homeland Security Act of 2002, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney passed an amendment that will reform federal disaster response policies. Her amendment passed by an unanimous vote.
Jun 24, 2002 Press Release

Read the CRS Report

WASHINGTON: A Congressional Research Service report released today by New York members of Congress details current questions about federal policy with regard to disaster assistance and allegations of deficient administrative decisions related to the September 11th terrorist attacks. It also provides historical and legislative background on these issues and presents policy options for consideration by Congress in evaluating current disaster recovery authorities. Twenty members of the New York delegation to Congress, listed below, originally requested the CRS report.