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 22, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - According New York Times report today (“Social Security Opened Its Files for 9/11 Inquiry”) and documents recently obtained after a Freedom of Information Act request by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the Social Security Administration (SSA) changed its rules on an “ad-hoc” basis to share personal information with law enforcement immediately after 9/11. In a letter sent today to Ways and Means Chairman Bill Thomas and Government Reform Tom Davis, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) called for Congressional hearings to examine the lack of notification about information sharing and the privacy implications (http://maloney.house.gov/sites/maloney.house.gov/files/documents/olddocs/Homeland/062205SSAHearing.pdf). She has previously written the SSA Commissioner about this issue (text of letter: http://maloney.house.gov/sites/maloney.house.gov/files/documents/olddocs/Homeland/052705SSA.pdf).
Jun 21, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - The National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), which was officially created in the landmark Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, is still not fully operational, and now Congress will keep close tabs on its progress. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) and Christopher Shays (CT-3) today offered and successfully attached an amendment to the Intelligence Authorization bill that requires the Director of National Intelligence to report to Congress on the status of the NCTC every 30 days.
May 17, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) joined Representatives Ed Markey (D-MA) and Christopher Shays (R-CT) to announce an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act for 2006 (HR 1817) that would require the inspection of all cargo before it is transported on passenger planes. While twenty-two percent of air cargo in the U.S. is loaded on passenger planes, currently almost none of that cargo is inspected for explosives or other dangerous materials prior to being loaded onboard.
May 17, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Maloney offered an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act for 2006 (HR 1817) that would strengthen the Civil Liberties Review Board to achieve what the 9/11 Commission recommended as the way to improve our homeland security and intelligence systems while protecting America’s civil liberties. The House Rules Committee blocked the amendment, which prevents Maloney from even the opportunity to offer the amendment on the House floor for consideration by all Members.
May 12, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the House of Representatives passed legislation (H.R. 1544) that will make homeland security funding for local first responders fairer for the states and cities under the biggest threat, like New York. The bill, which passed by a 409-10 vote, would cut the amount guaranteed to low-threat states while ensuring that much of the money is distributed based on threat levels. For FY2005, Wyoming is due to receive $27.80 per person in homeland security funding, while New York is to get only $15.54.
Apr 26, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Peter King (R-NY) sought a Congressional hearing on legislation that would to ensure that all National Guard soldiers who responded to counties declared disaster areas after the terrorist attacks will receive federal military retirement credit for that service to the country.
Apr 21, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Christopher Shays (R-CT) introduced legislation to require the U.S. Department of Homeland security to put an adequate emergency communication system in place for the City of New York Fire Department within a year of the legislation's passage into law.
Mar 15, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - The Civil Liberties Board that oversees all federal intelligence and security agencies has been made powerless, according to a 9/11 Commission member, the ACLU and Members of Congress. They stood together on Capitol Hill today as Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Tom Udall (D-NM) and Christopher Shays (R-CT) introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen the board, which was envisioned by the 9/11 Commission and created in last year’s landmark intelligence reform bill.
Mar 3, 2005 Press Release
 

View photos of makeshift humvees from New York's 42nd Infantry Division in Iraq

WASHINGTON, DC - Members of the National Guard 42nd Infantry Division based out of Fort Drum, New York and now serving in Tikrit, Iraq are struggling to obtain the basic vehicle armor and protective equipment they need to conduct their missions, according to information obtained by Members of Congress who expressed deep concern about the issue this week in a letter to Defense Secretary Rumsfeld (Download related PDF).

Feb 9, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - A close examination of the administration’s proposed state and local homeland security grant funding levels reveals what could be a covert attempt to shift money away from high-threat areas in FY06. Last year, $1.2 billion was appropriated for the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) - money that could only go to a specific list of communities considered “high threat.” However, the president’s budget proposal, released Monday, reflects a significant shift of money out of the high-threat pool and into other pots of money that are not necessarily designated for high-threat areas. Those shifts include:

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