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.
- 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
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.