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

Dec 1, 2004 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY - Today, Congressmembers Christopher Shays (CT) and Carolyn Maloney (NY), Co-Founders of the 9/11 Commission Caucus, joined with family members of those lost in the attacks on the World Trade Center – September 11, 2001 – to urge Congress to stop stalling and act now and pass the “9/11 Recommendations Implementation Act.”

Nov 20, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Congress recessed today without enacting the intelligence reform born out of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations. Reps. Christopher Shays (R-CT) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), who chair the 9/11 Commission Caucus, introduced bipartisan legislation in the House to enact the commission's recommendations and have strongly advocated quick enactment of bipartisan reform, today said the decision to again postpone intelligence reform is a dangerous one. The partners released the following joint statement:
Nov 18, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued contracting guidelines for airport security screeners and has notified airports that they can apply for private screeners, signaling that the U.S. government is ready to give the responsibility for airport security back to private contractors three years after it assumed control. Today’s Washington Post reported that two of the major airports in the Washington, D.C. area are considering using private screeners.
Nov 10, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - In a briefing today for congressional staff on the importance of quickly enacting bipartisan intelligence reform, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), Co-Chair of the 9/11 Commission Caucus, and the 9/11 Family Steering Committee said the prospect for enacting bipartisan intelligence reform in the lame-duck session of Congress is next to nothing. The 9/11 family members met with House-Senate conference negotiators yesterday – as they have done many times over the past few weeks – and are now doubtful the president will have a bill to sign this year. Maloney and the families had hoped for a bill on the president’s desk before Election Day, because, as Commission chair Thomas Kean said himself, the momentum for reform evaporates after the election.

Nov 10, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - The Department of Homeland Security today lowered the threat level for financial centers in New York City, northern New Jersey and Washington, D.C. from orange to yellow. It had been elevated for the past few months because of reported specific threats to targets in those centers.
Nov 1, 2004 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY - Department of Homeland Security discredits an accusation made by the lead FEMA official in New York after 9/11, who had estimated that 90% of applicants in a FEMA aid program were not subject to contaminated air. (http://maloney.house.gov/sites/maloney.house.gov/files/documents/olddocs/Sept11/110104DHSIGreport.pdf)
Oct 29, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today’s Washington Post revealed a 90-day public relations plan leading up to the election circulated within the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection bureau to “reassure the citizens of the United States” and “to change perception.” Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), Chair of the House Democratic Task Force on Homeland Security, has asked the Government Accountability Office to add an investigation into the intent of such a media plan so close to Election Day to a larger, previous request for an probe into the apparent campaign-related activities of Bush cabinet members while traveling on official business (PDF of additional request).

Oct 27, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Reps. Christopher Shays (R-CT) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), who introduced the Collins-Lieberman legislation in the House and co-chair the bipartisan 9/11 Commission Caucus, today expressed their disappointment that an intelligence reform bill apparently will not make it to the president’s desk before Election Day. Noting that strengthening the nation’s security cannot wait, they released the following statement:
Oct 26, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today’s Congress Daily PM reports that House Republicans see no need to finalize intelligence reform legislation quickly because of the results of a public opinion poll. Republican aides are also quoted expressing confidence in their position because intelligence reform is not an issue that ranks high with the public, according to their polls.
Oct 22, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - According to today’s Washington Times, the Army is attempting to have the women-in-combat ban eliminated, placing women in combat situations as early as January in Iraq. Today, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) released Downgrading DACOWITS: How President Bush Has Failed America’s Women in Uniform, a brand-new report showing that the Bush Administration’s actions have hindered the progress of women in the military. Maloney says that while the Army realizes the potential contributions women can make for the armed forces, the Bush Administration has let ideology hold back women in the military.