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 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.

Nov 17, 2008 Press Release
New York, NY – Today, U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Council Member Jessica Lappin, former NOW-NYS President Noreen Connell, Francine Moccio of the Institute for Women and Work, and other New York City women’s leaders protested new Bush Administration regulations that undermine the landmark Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  At a news conference this morning, Maloney released a letter (a full copy of which follows) urging the Obama-Biden transition team to correct the new regulations, and Lappin announced that she is requesting a New York City Council resolution likewise calling on the new administration to address the problem.
Nov 14, 2008 Press Release
New York, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Vice Chair of the Joint Economic Committee, released the following statement regarding Bush Administration regulations released today that would chip away at the Family and Medical Leave Act:
Oct 17, 2008 Press Release

New York, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) has received a 100% rating from the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) for her votes to protect kids and provide them with much-needed health care.  The CDF gave Maloney high marks for, among other actions, her votes to expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to cover an additional 3 million children; combat family poverty by raising the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 per hour; improve access to Head Start programs; and provide additional student loan funding and cut interest rates on federal student loans.

Please click here for a full copy of the CDF Action Council Nonpartisan Congressional Scorecard.

Sep 12, 2008 Press Release

Unveiling the findings of a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) study, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), along with Senators Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) today assailed the Bush Administration for its failure to crack down on pay inequity. The report, which Rep. Maloney and Senators Harkin and Clinton requested along with Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) shows that the federal government has failed to adequately monitor enforcement of our nation’s pay discrimination laws.

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