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

Feb 9, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - An analysis of President Bush’s proposed FY06 budget shows that many of the deep cuts to domestic programs will adversely affect New York City. The budget proposal includes across the board cuts for non-security spending, much of which will is targeted at low-income Americans. Among the cuts that will hurt New Yorkers the most are:
Feb 8, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - The White House announced today that the architect of President Bush’s election victories, Karl Rove, has been promoted to White House Deputy Chief of Staff in charge of coordinating policy with the Homeland Security Council, among other duties. He previously held the role of Senior Advisor to the President, a largely political position.
Feb 8, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Several key programs for first responders are facing deep cuts in President Bush’s FY06 budget proposal, despite an overall increase in homeland security spending. Included are the COPS program to fund police officers, which is facing a $480 million cut (80 percent), and the Assistance to Firefighters program are facing a $215 million cut (30 percent).
Jan 19, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - The Washington Times reported today that after months of deliberation, the Army will not lift its ban on women in ground combat or in units that embed with ground combat soldiers. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), who has closely scrutinized the Bush administration’s treatment of women in the military, said in response that female soldiers are already involved in fighting in Iraq, so the ban is misleading.
Jan 11, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - President Bush today announced his decision to nominate federal appeals court judge Michael Chertoff to be the next Homeland Security Secretary. Chertoff was the Senate Republicans chief investigator of President Clinton during Whitewater and, more recently, has been accused of infringing on civil liberties post 9/11.
Jan 4, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - The House today passed a rules package for the 109th Congress that did not even come close to the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation for strengthening Congressional oversight of homeland security and intelligence, said 9/11 Commission Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). In its report, the commission wrote that Department of Homeland Security officials currently answer to 88 different committees and subcommittees - far too many for effective oversight or direction from Congress. While the new Rules that passed today do make the Homeland Security Committee permanent, they do not give it exclusive jurisdiction over homeland security issues.
Dec 16, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - The Chairs of the 9/11 Commission Caucus, who were the House sponsors of the Collins-Lieberman legislation, are eagerly anticipating the signing of the 9/11 Commission bill and looking forward to further action on the commission’s recommendations next year. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Christopher Shays (R-CT), who introduced a change to the House Rules to reorganize the oversight of intelligence and homeland security (H Res 837) , said today that they will reintroduce that proposal early next year.

Dec 14, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - While New York City will receive more than $207 million in funds for high-threat cities, up from $47 million last year, more than half of the $2.5 billion in homeland security dollars already announced for this year has been distributed without any basis of threat, according to a new report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) made available today. Of the remaining $2.4 billion yet to be distributed, only the $315 million in the remaining funds to be distributed by the Urban Area Security Initiative is guaranteed to be distributed solely based on threat. The result will be a lowering in New York’s per capita share of homeland funds throughout the year.

Dec 7, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Tonight, the 9/11 Commission bill finally passed the House of Representatives, 336-75. Reps. Christopher Shays (R-CT) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), who introduced the Collins-Lieberman legislation in the House and are Chairs of the 9/11 Commission Caucus, released the following joint statement:
Dec 3, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - The Department of Homeland Security has determined the distribution of its state and local homeland security grant programs for FY2005, and while New York will see an improvement, a disproportionate amount of money still goes to states with no real terror threat. The money is generally broken up into two pots - the Urban Area Security Initiative (or “high-threat” grants) and state grant programs. While New York City saw its take of the high-threat money restored to FY2003 levels, the state as a whole continues to suffer from a bad funding formula and bad distribution by the Department of Homeland Security that keeps it far behind states like Wyoming in money allocated per person.