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

Mar 7, 2003 Press Release

NEW YORK: Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney announced a $321,000 federal grant today, awarded to Educational Alliance through the Office for Children and Families (OCF) to expand Head Start programs for children and families of the Lower East Side, Chinatown and Alphabet City communities. Congresswoman Maloney, who wrote to OCF regarding the grant on behalf of Educational Alliance, joined Carol Judelson, Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees for Educational Alliance, Linda Lynn, Secretary of Board, Robin Bernstein, Executive Director of Educational Alliance, and Marion Lazer, Senior Associate Executive Director, in a tour of Head Start services at the site today. Youth participants also joined in today's announcement.

Feb 27, 2003 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY) introduced legislation to expand the Family and Medical Leave Act, the law that protects employees who need time off from work to care for a newborn or a sick spouse, parent, or child.
Mar 7, 2002 Press Release

Washington, D.C.- Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), along with Representatives Tom Davis (R-VA), and Steny Hoyer (D-MD) reintroduced the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2002. The bill provides six weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child for federal employees. Federal Employees currently must deplete their annual and sick time to take parental leave. Representatives Maloney, Davis, and Hoyer sponsored the same legislation (H.R. 4567) in the 106th Congress.

Nov 29, 2001 Press Release

WASHINGTON: After learning about the conclusions of the Office of Personnel Management's study on paid parental leave which Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY14) requested as part of the FY01 Treasury Postal appropriations bill, Mrs. Maloney released the following statement:

May 15, 2001 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) once again showed her strong commitment to reading and early education by re-introducing the Access to Books for Children Act, (ABC). This legislation would provide infants and children participating in the WIC program with vouchers to purchase educational books.

Apr 9, 2001 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement regarding President Bush's proposed FY 2002 budget.

May 25, 2000 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Dem. Chair of the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues, along with Reps. Tom Davis (R-VA), Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) introduced the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2000. The bill provides six weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child for federal employees. Federal employees currently do not have the option of taking paid parental leave.

Sep 22, 1999 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - "I was proud today to cast a vote protecting New York City's families from price hikes in the cost of milk. No mom, dad, grandparent, teenager, or baby deserves to have Washington politicians threatening his or her ability to buy the most nutritious and essential drink: milk.

Mar 16, 1999 Press Release

Chairwoman Johnson, Ranking Member Cardin and the rest of the Committee members, thank you for allowing me to testify before you. Today we are discussing the role of the government in the area of child care, an issue I have been working on all of my political life.

Mar 24, 1998 Press Release
Laura Sullivan was in a bind. Her six week old son was allergic to formula. She needed to continue to pump milk after returning to work. But her employer refused to give her the time or space. Laura was fired eight days after she asked for the breaks.