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

Mar 10, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Now that the Dubai ports deal seems to be dead, members of the House Financial Services Committee want to create a stricter foreign acquisition approval process so that the United States does not go down the same road again. New bipartisan legislation (H.R. 4915) would strengthen the national security component of the Council on Foreign Investment in the United States review process.
Feb 6, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - The White House today released its Fiscal Year 2007 budget proposal, which includes no funding for the civil liberties oversight board created in late 2004. The board, established by the landmark intelligence reform bill, has yet to be given adequate resources to do its job.
Dec 20, 2005 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Members of Congress influential on homeland security are asking the White House to do its part to spend homeland security funds more wisely. Though debate about risk-based homeland security funding often centers around Congress’s inability to change a misguided distribution formula, the White House has actually always had full control over 60 percent of the state funding grants.
Dec 19, 2005 Press Release
America’s servicemen and servicewomen are the bravest most valiant and skillful soldiers on earth and because of them, our military is the best in history. As the daughter and brother of war veterans, I am particularly supportive of our nation’s soldiers. The men and women serving America deserve the full support of our nation. This is why it is particularly distasteful and dangerous when elected officials in Washington play politics with legislation that affects our troops serving right now in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.
Dec 16, 2005 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today’s news reports that the National Security Agency was authorized to monitor American citizens and foreign nationals in the United States in 2002 have given a new urgency to the push for a strong Civil Liberties Board, as recommended by the 9/11 Commission. The board, in a weakened form, was created as part of last year’s landmark intelligence reform bill.
Oct 23, 2005 Press Release
QUEENS, NY - In front of a shut-down fire station in Queens, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney and Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan demanded that crucial homeland security grants be distributed according to threat assessments, not politics. They were joined by Gerald J. Walsh, President, Dutch Kills Civic Association, Kurt Hill, Director of Outreach, People's Firehouse, Inc., and numerous community and civilian fire-safety advocates.
Sep 15, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - In the hopes that the recovery from Hurricane Katrina is as efficient and thorough as possible, Members of the New York congressional delegation today sent Gulf Coast Members of Congress a list of lessons that need to be learned from the federal response to 9/11. The New York Members said that it is important to understand the pitfalls they have faced for four years so that such issues can be avoided as the Gulf Coast rebuilds.
Aug 26, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - As the fourth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (Manhattan and Queens) and Peter King (Long Island) have introduced bipartisan legislation, HR 3575, the September 11th Family Humanitarian Relief and Patriotism Act. This legislation will provide much needed relief to spouses and children of immigrants who died on 9/11, but face deportation. The September 11th Family Humanitarian Relief and Patriotism Act, would grant these family members “Green Cards”, by adjusting their immigration status to “permanent legal resident”. This would allow them to stay in the United States provided that all requirements of a permanent legal resident are followed.
Jul 7, 2005 Press Release
 NEW YORK, NY - In the wake of the terrorist attacks on London public transportation today, the Chair of the House Democratic Task Force on Homeland Security expressed sympathy and resolve to strengthen public transportation security in New York and across America. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) released the following statement:
Jun 30, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - After a deal struck on the House floor last night, the initial budget of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board created in last year’s landmark 9/11 Commission bill will be doubled to $1.5 million. The board would have had a $750,000 budget under the original FY06 Transportation, Treasury and Housing Appropriations bill, which is now on the House floor. Recognizing that such a level of funding is insufficient for a board tasked with monitoring civil liberties at multiple federal departments, Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Christopher Shays (R-CT) - Chairs of the 9/11 Commission Caucus - and Tom Udall (D-NM) offered the amendment to expand the board’s beginning budget.