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

Jun 4, 2009 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Legislation that would provide federal employees with four weeks of paid parental leave after the birth or adoption of a child passed the U.S. House of Representatives tonight by a margin of 258-154, (C-SPAN reporting). 

“Today we show that this Congress doesn’t just talk about family values—it values families,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), prime sponsor of H.R. 626, the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act. 

May 6, 2009 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) applauded the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today for reporting her “Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act,” H.R. 626.

Apr 28, 2009 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today introduced H.R. 2132, the
“Family and Medical Leave Inclusion Act,” which would amend the landmark 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act to permit leave to care for a domestic partner, child of a domestic partner, same-sex spouse, parent-in-law, adult child, sibling, or grandparent if that person has a serious health condition.
Mar 25, 2009 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) hailed today’s subcommittee passage of the “Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2009,” H.R. 626, through the House Oversight a Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia today.

Mar 3, 2009 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), George Miller (D-CA), John Lewis (D-GA) and Elijah Cummings (D-MD) today introduced the “Working Families’ Flexibility Act” which will ensure that working Americans can ask their employer for modified schedules so they can balance the demands of their jobs and their home life.

Jan 28, 2009 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC-- Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) issued this comment today upon passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:

"The current economic crisis requires bold solutions that address the enormity of our economic woes, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan will do just that. It will blunt the effects of the recession and help families in need, it will create millions of jobs and make key infrastructure investments in our future," Rep. Maloney said.

Jan 22, 2009 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Frank R.Wolf  (R-VA), Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD), Danny K. Davis (D-IL), and Edolphus Towns (D-NY) today introduced the “Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act” (FEPPLA), H.R. 626, bipartisan legislation that would provide all federal employees with four weeks of paid parental leave.  Federal employees currently must deplete their annual and sick time to take parental leave. The bill passed the House in the last Congress by 278-146. A companion bill is expected to be introduced in the Senate by Senator Jim Webb (D-VA).

Jan 22, 2009 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Frank R.Wolf  (R-VA), Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD), Danny K. Davis (D-IL), and Edolphus Towns (D-NY) today introduced the “Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act” (FEPPLA), H.R. 626, bipartisan legislation that would provide all federal employees with four weeks of paid parental leave.  Federal employees currently must deplete their annual and sick time to take parental leave. The bill passed the House in the last Congress by 278-146. A companion bill is expected to be introduced in the Senate by Senator Jim Webb (D-VA).
Jan 13, 2009 Press Release
New York, NY – Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) announced this afternoon that the National Children’s Study will begin enrolling 1,000 Queens children today in what will be the nation’s largest-ever study of children’s health.  The Queens study will be led by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, whose doctors are national leaders in the field of environmental medicine.

Dec 10, 2008 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Vice Chair of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released a report today entitled “The Ripple Effect: Why Failure for the Big 3 is Not an Option.”  The domestic auto industry represents over 10 percent of the nation’s manufacturing employment. This includes employment by the Big Three, direct suppliers, production plants and new car dealers.  Collapse of the three U.S. automakers will have serious negative spillover effects in industries from tire manufacturers to technology firms researching future innovations and prevent any future progress on improving our trade balance. A conditional bridge loan is crucial in helping the Big Three survive the current economic recession.

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