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

Feb 28, 2007 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Legislation to strengthen the system by which foreign investment in businesses in the United States is vetted for security concerns passed the U.S. House unanimously today, by a 423-0 vote. The National Security FIRST Act (H.R. 556) was backed by a bipartisan group of high-ranking lawmakers, including Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), who introduced the bill this year and is Chair of the Financial Institutions Subcommittee; Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), Chairman of the Financial Services Committee; Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-OH), ranking member of the Capital Markets Subcommittee; Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL), ranking member of the Financial Services Committeee; Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO), the Republican Whip who introduced similar legislation last year; and Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY), an original co-sponsor of this legislation in the past two sessions of Congress.
Feb 13, 2007 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – The House Financial Services Committee today marked up and passed legislation reforming the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States system, which vets foreign investments for security concerns. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), Chair of the Financial Institutions Subcommittee and sponsor of the legislation, released the following statement:
Feb 6, 2007 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – President Bush’s FY08 budget proposal, delivered to Congress yesterday, includes an $800 million cut in local homeland security grants. Included in those cuts is a 64% cut in the State Homeland Security Grant Program (from $525 million to $187.5 million), as well as a 22% cut in the Urban Area Security Initiative (from $770 million to $600 million). These cuts could disproportionately affect New York, which has the highest threat level and receives more homeland grant money than any other state.
Jan 25, 2007 Press Release
Washington, DC – House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-MA), and the likely-Chairman of the Subcommittee on Domestic & International Monetary Policy, Trade and Technology, Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL), announced today a full committee hearing to examine the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS) and H.R. 556, the “National Security Foreign Investment Reform and Strengthened Transparency Act of 2007, sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY).
Jan 18, 2007 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Leading members of the House Financial Services Committee today introduced legislation (H.R. 556) to reform the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which is responsible for vetting foreign direct investment in this country (text of legislation). Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-OH), Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY) and Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO), who last year jointly sponsored a bipartisan CFIUS reform bill that unanimously passed the House, have joined together again to introduce the new legislation, which mirrors last year’s version. Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-MA) and Ranking Member Spencer Bachus (R-AL) support the legislation and have joined as original co-sponsors.
Jan 9, 2007 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Included in legislation to implement the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations before the House of Representatives today are provisions to give the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board more power and independence.

 

Jan 9, 2007 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – As the House of Representatives considered comprehensive legislation to implement the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations, leading bipartisan Members of Congress joined with 9/11 family members today to reiterate the importance of the legislation for America’s national security. H.R. 1 is part of the Democrats’ First 100 Hours agenda, which addresses a number of core issues for all Americans, from national security to education to health care.
Dec 22, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Voting machine firm Smartmatic has announced that it plans to sell major voting machine maker Sequoia Voting Systems. With this pending sale, Smartmatic is withdrawing from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States investigation into its 2005 purchase of Sequoia.
Dec 14, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, House Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi announced that, as part of the Democrats’ pledge to implement all of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations, she will create a Select Intelligence Oversight Panel to control the intelligence budget. This falls in line with one of the commission’s key recommendations: that Congress should reorganize for better oversight of intelligence spending.
Dec 11, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Dubai Ports World (DPW) has reached an agreement to sell commercial management of several of the busiest ports in the United States to American International Group’s (AIG) Global Investment Group, according to news reports today. The divestiture of these ports was the result of public and Congressional outrage after the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) had given DPW the green light to purchase the ports from a British firm. DPW is owned by the government of Dubai.

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