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

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.
Jun 2, 2006 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY – In response to the Bush administration’s determination that there are no “national icons” in New York City to warrant additional homeland security funding, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) today sent Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff a postcard of the Empire State Building (postcard). Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Rep. Peter King (R-NY) sent Chertoff the first postcards of New York icons yesterday to introduce him to the many landmarks in The Big Apple.
Jun 1, 2006 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Irate New York Members of Congress are demanding that Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff meet with them to explain his department’s anti-terrorism funding scheme that results in a $83 million cut for New York City and a $114 million cut for the State of New York this year. Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens), Chair of the House Democratic Task Force on Homeland Security, and their 27 colleagues in the New York delegation today sent a letter to Chertoff demanding the meeting (letter to Chertoff).

May 31, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – The Department of Homeland Security finally announced the distribution of FY06 grants for local first responders today, and shockingly, New York City will take a cut of $83 million and New York state will take a cut of $114.67 million. Despite promises from Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff earlier this year that his department would be distributing money based on risk, the state most at risk for terrorist attacks will receive a cut of about 40% compared to last year.
May 10, 2006 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – New bipartisan legislation to reform the review process for foreign investment in the United States aims to strengthen security safeguards while preserving the economy. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade and Technology, has joined with House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO), Minority Chief Deputy Whip Joseph Crowley (D-NY) and subcommittee Chair Deborah Pryce (R-OH) to introduce legislation to reform the Committee for Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) process (H.R. 5337). The need to reform the process became obvious earlier this year when a deal that sold commercial operations of a number of key U.S. ports to a company owned by the Dubai government was made without a serious investigation or notification by the CFIUS.

May 5, 2006 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – The sale of an American voting machine company to a firm with possible ties to the Venezuelan government has already drawn questions surrounding a recent Chicago city election and now is the focus of a congressional inquiry. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) has asked Treasury Secretary John Snow whether or not the sale of California-based Sequoia to Smartmatic, a company with possible ties to the Venezuelan government, was reviewed by the Department of Treasury or vetted in the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS) process (read the letter to Secretary Snow).

Apr 4, 2006 Press Release

QUEENS, NY - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Congressman Anthony Weiner expressed their strong support for legislation that would require the Department of Homeland Security to inspect all cargo before it is transported on passenger planes. While twenty-two percent of air cargo in the U.S. is carried on passenger planes, currently almost none of that cargo is inspected for explosives or other dangerous materials prior to being loaded onboard.

Mar 23, 2006 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY – Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Congressman Gregory Meeks, and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez today called for the passage of a bill to mandate the scanning of 100 percent of U.S.-bound shipping containers at their port of origin.  Speaking at the Red Hook Container Terminal in Brooklyn, the Congressmembers emphasized that the only way to get serious about port security is to scan all containers before they sail for the U.S. 
Mar 16, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representatives Christopher Shays (R-CT), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced legislation that strengthens the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board and requires the President to provide a specific funding line for the Board.  The 9-11 Commission Civil Liberties Board Act addresses the concerns the 9/11 Commission expressed in their Final Report Card, in which the Administration received a "D" for its "very little urgency" and "insufficient" funding for the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. 
Mar 14, 2006 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - During a news conference today, lawmakers announced landmark whistleblower protection legislation for federal workers and contractors. The legislation authored by Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Edward Markey (D-MA) in the House (H.R. 4925) and Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) in the Senate will give protection for whistleblowers who risk their careers to stand up for the American people.