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 5, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, created in 2004, participated in its first public meeting today at Georgetown University. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), co-chair of the 9/11 Commission Caucus and sponsor of legislation to increase the board’s power (H.R. 1310), said today that without a level of power in line with what the 9/11 Commission has advocated, the board will be unable to truly protect civil liberties.
Dec 1, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – The Member of Congress who first highlighted the need for an investigation of a deal involving voting machine manufacturer Smartmatic is urging the Department of Treasury to make the results of the investigation public when they are finalized (letter to Treasury). Smartmatic, a company with Venezuelan roots, announced shortly before November’s elections that it was indeed undergoing a Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States investigation related to its purchase of Sequoia Voting Systems in 2005.
Nov 29, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – According to news reports this week, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board created at the end of 2004 has just recently received briefings from the White House on the government’s domestic eavesdropping program and international bank transaction monitoring program. The board has reportedly long asked for access to information from the White House, and it took upward of a year to get the briefing on the eavesdropping program.
Sep 28, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – According a Newsday report today, the DHS official who oversaw and helped develop the new homeland security grant distribution plan that resulted in a 40 percent cut for New York and Washington, D.C. is being forced out. Tracy Henke, the Executive Director of the Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness, helped DHS create a formula that was supposed to be “risk-based” but failed to account for many obvious high-profiled targets in New York.
Sep 17, 2006 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY – As hundreds of thousands of New York City students head back to college this fall, they’re paying more for their education and not getting the help they need to meet rising expenses.  Today, Reps. Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn & Queens), Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan & Queens), Eliot Engel (D-Bronx), Gary Ackerman (D-Queens), Joseph Crowley (D-Queens & the Bronx), Edolphus Towns (D-Brooklyn) and Major Owens (D-Brooklyn) released a new report showing that tuition at SUNY and CUNY schools has soared 30% over the past four years while federal student aid has hardly kept pace and household income has remained flat (text of report).
Jul 26, 2006 Press Release
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved H.R. 5337, the National Security Foreign Investment Reform and Strengthened Transparency Act of 2006 (National Security FIRST Act) by a vote of 424 to 0.  The bipartisan legislation would strengthen the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS) process by increasing administration accountability, improving the opportunities for congressional oversight, specifically involving the director of National Intelligence in reviews, and creating a process to track and enforce any agreements to mitigate security threats.
Jul 11, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – At a House Financial Services subcommittee hearing today on the terrorist finance tracking program, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) submitted the following statement:
Jun 15, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – In an attempt to catalog the multitude of explanations the Department of Homeland Security has used to justify the huge cut in homeland security grants to New York City, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) has released a report listing DHS’s reasons (click here for report).
Jun 14, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – The House Financial Services Committee today unanimously passed bipartisan legislation that would strengthen the process by which the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States reviews foreign acquisitions within the U.S.
Jun 6, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC –  Nearly two years after the 9/11 Commission issued its final report, Representatives Christopher Shays (R-CT) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Co-Chairs of the 9/11 Commission Caucus, again called for Congressional action on the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations which still have not been fully implemented.  They were joined by family members who lost loved ones on September 11th, including Carol Ashley, mother of Janice; Rosemary Dillard, wife of Eddie; Mary Fetchet, mother of Brad & co-founder of Voices of September 11th; Don Goodrich, father of Peter; and Abraham Scott, husband of Janice Marie.