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 3, 2007 Press Release
New York, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) released the following statement in response to reports that the Bush Administration plans to cut homeland security grant funding for 2009 by more than 50 percent:
Jul 27, 2007 Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Christopher Shays (R-CT), and Tom Udall (D-NM) – authors of legislation to give the Civil Liberties Oversight Board more power and independence – applauded the inclusion of provisions to strengthen the Board in the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Conference Report that passed the House today. 

Jul 27, 2007 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Christopher Shays (R-NY) have reintroduced the “9/11 Can You Hear Me Now Act” (H.R. 3199), legislation that would to require the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to improve the emergency communications system for the City of New York’s Fire Department. 

Jul 26, 2007 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens), Chair of the Financial Institutions Subcommittee, issued the following statements today after President Bush signed into law the bipartisan “Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007” (H.R. 556) – her bill to reform the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS):

Jul 11, 2007 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens), Chair of the Financial Institutions Subcommittee, and Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx) issued the following statements today after final House passage of the bipartisan Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007 (H.R. 556), legislation to reform the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

Jun 29, 2007 Press Release

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens), Chair of the Financial Institutions Subcommittee, issued the following statement today on the Senate’s passage of the Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007.  Similar bipartisan legislation to reform the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) was introduced by Maloney and unanimously passed the House earlier this year (The National Security FIRST Act, or H.R. 556).

Jun 18, 2007 Press Release
WASHINGTON – On Friday, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney voted for the comprehensive Fiscal Year 2008 Homeland Security Appropriations bill (H.R. 2638) that provides first responders with additional training and equipment, improves security at our nation’s seaports and airports, and makes border security a top priority.  The bill passed the House, 268-150. 
May 16, 2007 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-Manhattan, Queens) issued the following statement today on the Senate Banking Committee mark-up of the Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007.  Similar bipartisan legislation to reform the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) was introduced by Maloney and unanimously passed the House earlier this year (The National Security FIRST Act, or H.R. 556).
May 15, 2007 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-Manhattan, Queens) issued the following statement today after learning that Lanny Davis, a member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, resigned in protest (see resignation letters below) over the Administration’s interference into the board’s work.
May 1, 2007 Press Release
New York, NY – In response to today’s report by the National Transportation Safety Board on the October 2006 plane crash on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) urged the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to permanently prohibit aircraft from flying over the East River unless pilots receive prior permission from and are controlled by air traffic control.  The FAA imposed such flight restrictions on a temporary basis last October; in February, the Administration proposed making the restrictions permanent, but has not yet formally done so.  Maloney represents the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the site of last year’s crash.

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