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

Jul 25, 2005 Press Release
 NEW YORK, NY - Today, at a Congressional field hearing to examine the impacts of federal Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) in New York City, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), detailed successful efforts in Congress to protect the CDBG program and called for stronger efforts to defend the program against ongoing challenges to it. The hearing, titled “The New York City Experience: How has the Community Development Block Grant Program Shaped the Big Apple,” was held by the House Government Reform Subcommittee on Federalism and the Census, Chaired by Congressman Michael R. Turner (R-OH).
Jun 7, 2005 Press Release

 Reps. Maloney, Shays, Wasserman Schultz and Crowley have introduced legislation to guarantee all legal prescriptions are filled.

 WASHINGTON, DC - On the 40th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision that affirmed that the Constitution protects a privacy right to use birth control, Members of Congress and leading organizations stood together to celebrate the anniversary and to warn about new efforts to undermine this right. Griswold v. Connecticut may be 40 years old today, but the issues it resolved have risen anew in 21st century America.

Feb 18, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-14) has introduced the “Prevention of Trafficking of Tsunami Orphans Act” (HR 950), which would authorize critical assistance to the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development to support programs that are being carried out by nongovernmental organizations to protect children who are homeless or orphaned as a result of the Indian Ocean tsunamis in December 2004.
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 1, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-14) introduced two pieces of legislation to expand the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the law that protects employees who need time off from work to care for a newborn or a sick spouse, parent, or child.
Jul 6, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - In a letter to Health and Human Service Secretary Tommy Thompson, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) asked for his response to reports that an ad campaign to promote breastfeeding was watered down due to pressure from the baby formula industry (Click here). Though numerous medical studies have shown breastfeeding to be extremely beneficial for children’s health and development, an ABC News report (“Milk Money,” June 4, 2004) indicated that HHS made a number of changes to the Ad Council’s original campaign following meetings with industry officials. Meanwhile, breastfeeding advocates were not granted meetings with HHS.
May 12, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Legislation to revisit and potentially reverse the FDA’s decision not to make the Plan B® contraceptive, or “Morning-After Pill, available over-the-counter (OTC) was announced today by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) and has already been joined by four of her colleagues. 30 days after enactment of the legislation, the FDA Commissioner would be required to review his Plan B® decision and affirm that it is not based on politics, that it is based on sound science and that it conformed to FDA precedent. Maloney plans to introduce the legislation on Thursday.
Apr 20, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan & Queens) joined with leading advocates of pay equity to mark the observance of “Equal Pay Day” on Capitol Hill and to herald the release of a new report prepared by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) that shows that American women continue to earn 80 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts in the workforce. “I hope that within my lifetime, we can actually celebrate Equal Pay Day because women have achieved pay parity with their male counterparts. Instead we simply mark its observance as we release yet another comprehensive study documenting the wage gap between men and women,” said Congresswoman Maloney at today’s news conference, which she co-hosted. Equal Pay Day symbolically marks the amount of days in the calendar on which women would have to work additionally in order to earn equal pay to men.

Mar 10, 2004 Press Release

NEW YORK,NY - Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) met with a visiting delegation of Iraqi women leaders at the United Nations on the day the historic Transitional Administrative Law (TAL) was signed.

Jul 29, 2003 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Promoting healthy families and ensuring the rights of new mothers, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-14) introduced H.R. 2790, the Breastfeeding Promotion Act, on July 18, 2003, with twelve bipartisan original cosponsors. Her legislation amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect breastfeeding by new mothers, provides for a performance standard for breast pumps, and provides tax incentives to encourage breastfeeding.