Working Families

It can be difficult to juggle both work and family, which is why Congresswoman Maloney has worked in Congress to advance legislation that supports working families. She was a proud supporter of the Family and Medical Leave Act. Congresswoman Maloney also fully supports an increase in the federal minimum wage and has authored legislation that would expand workforce protections to support working families.

Affordable Childcare: Congresswoman Maloney has been a continuous supporter of legislation in Congress to provide American families access to safe, affordable, quality child care. She has also fought to safeguard tax exemptions for families with children, such as the Child Tax Credit, the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and Dependent Care Assistance Programs.

Paid Family and Medical Leave: Congresswoman Maloney understands the difficulties too many Americans face to meet everyday obligations for their families and workplaces. In response, she has supported legislation to ensure families get paid leave for family or medical emergencies, and worked to expand the Family Medical Leave Act to meet the demands of modern parents. Read more.

Paid Parental Leave for Federal Employees: Federal employees are now guaranteed 12 weeks of leave for the birth of a child, but many families cannot afford to take this much time off of work without any compensation. Congresswoman Maloney has introduced legislation to provide six weeks of paid parental leave for new parents of both biological and adopted children. Read more.

Flexibility for Working Families: Congresswoman Maloney knows that the working dynamic of most American families has greatly changed over the last 50 years. Many families do not have a stay-at-home member, making it difficult to manage when someone in the family falls ill and needs extra care. The Congresswoman is in support of legislation that would support working family members adjusting their work schedules to accommodate busy, family friendly schedules. Read more.

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More on Working Families

Sep 18, 2006 Press Release

New York, NY – On Friday, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) requested a meeting with MetLife CEO C. Robert Henrikson to discuss the impending sale of the Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village housing developments.  Residents of the complexes, which are located in Maloney’s district, are concerned that purchasers are likely to try to force out existing tenants.  In a letter dated September 15, 2006 (text), Maloney expressed her desire to talk with Henrikson about ways “to enable MetLife to achieve its ends while still maintaining affordable housing and a stable community at Stuy Town and Peter Cooper.”

Sep 12, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – The imminent sale of apartment homes at Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village has spurred Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan and Queens) to call for Congressional hearings to look into the sale and the loss of affordable housing (request for hearings). Maloney has requested that the Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity hold the hearing before the 109th Congress adjourns this year. Joining Maloney in the request for hearings is Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity, and  Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), Senior Democrat on the Financial Services Commitee.
Sep 1, 2006 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan & Queens) expressed renewed concern today about the possible sale of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village (ST/PCV) by MetLife.

Jul 13, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), sponsor of H.R. 5148, the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act, is asking the federal government’s Office of Personnel Management asking for clarification on their parental leave policy following the questionable statements of an OPM official (letter to OPM). In a May 5, 2006, Washington Post article, OPM Senior Policy Advisor Doris Hauser was quoted as saying “we believe there are extensive and sufficient benefits already available.” Maloney questions this statement, because federal government policy requires mothers to prove they are “incapacitated” following the births of their children in order to use sick time.
May 30, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – A Census Bureau news release last week touted a survey that the Bush administration has targeted for elimination as “invaluable” (click here for release – text below). The Survey for Income and Program Participation has tracked income, employment and government programs for more than 20 years, but the Bush FY07 budget would terminate the survey.
May 25, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – The elimination of a key Census Bureau survey, as proposed by the Bush administration, would prevent the production of important studies on income and health insurance. One such eye-opening study was released Wednesday by The Commonwealth Fund, revealing that young adults are the fastest growing uninsured population in the United States. Utilizing existing data, the researchers were able to analyze the age of the uninsured, as well as the length of time they go without health insurance.
Apr 7, 2006 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Bipartisan legislation reintroduced in Congress would help federal workers care for new additions to their families. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY); Tom Davis (R-VA), chairman of the House Government Reform Committee; and Steny Hoyer (D-MD), House Minority Whip, have sponsored the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act (H.R. 5148), which would give civil servants six weeks of paid leave for the birth of a child or an adoption. Currently, federal workers have to use annual leave and sick leave to care for their newborns.

Mar 10, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Twenty-nine U.S. Senators and forty-two Members of Congress have sent a letter to President Bush asking him to reverse the administration’s decision to eliminate a Census Bureau survey that is critical for evaluating American living standards and the effectiveness of government programs such as unemployment insurance, food stamps, Medicaid, and welfare. The President’s budget would eliminate the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), the only large-scale government survey that collects high-quality, policy-relevant data on the economic well-being of American families over time.
Aug 24, 2005 Press Release
 NEW YORK, NY - Yesterday, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-14), along with the leaders of the New York City Housing Authority, celebrated the opening of the new NYCHA call center at the Ravenswood Houses in Queens. The call center will allow Queens public housing residents to schedule routine maintenance and repair of their apartments at times convenient to them, eliminating the need for residents to wait for repair workers to arrive. Residents can make or change appointments seven days a week, 24 hours a day by calling (718) 707-7771.
Jul 29, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Today, on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the creation of Medicare and Medicaid, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY) urged Congress and the administration to step up the nation’s commitment to both programs, so that they can provide another 40 years of quality health care for elderly, disabled and financially challenged Americans. President Lyndon Johnson signed the Medicare and Medicaid programs into law on July 30th, 1965.