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 23, 2008 Press Release

New York, NY - Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Vice Chair of the Joint Economic Committee, supported a 13-week extension of unemployment benefits for those workers who have been unable to find a job in today's struggling economy.  The extension was included in the Supplemental Appropriations bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week.  On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in New York the unemployment rate rose by one half percentage point to 5.2 percent and the state economy lost 200 jobs last month.

Jun 18, 2008 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 today.  “The Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act” (H.R. 5781) was introduced by Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD), and Tom Davis (R-VA) last year.  House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia Chairman Danny Davis (D-IL) helped move the bill to the floor.  Senators Jim Webb (D-VA) and John Warner (R-VA) introduced companion legislation in the Senate on Monday.

Jun 16, 2008 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), author of “The Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act” (H.R. 5781), legislation that would give federal employees four weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child, released the following statement after the Bush Administration threatened to veto the bill.  The legislation is scheduled for a House vote this week:
May 7, 2008 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) backed key legislation that would assist Americans who are in danger of losing their homes and help improve home values in distressed communities.  “The American Housing Rescue and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008” (H.R. 3221) and “The Neighborhood Stabilization Act of 2008” (H.R. 5818) were approved by the U.S. House of Representatives today with bipartisan support.

Apr 2, 2008 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Vice Chair of the Joint Economic Committee, issued the following statement today - in advance of tomorrow’s jobs report - on the sharp rise in the number of U.S. workers applying for unemployment benefits:

Mar 13, 2008 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Vice Chair of the Joint Economic Committee, issued the following statement regarding President Bush's speech on the economy in New York today:
Mar 5, 2008 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Vice Chair of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC), delivered the following statement at a joint hearing of the JEC and House Oversight and Government Reform Federal Workforce, Postal Service and the District of Columbia Subcommittee on the subject of paid parental leave for federal employees:
Mar 4, 2008 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – The Joint Economic Committee today released a report, requested by Vice Chair Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), finding that three-quarters of Fortune 100 companies offer mothers some form of paid leave when they have a new child, typically lasting six to eight weeks. Family leave has become an increasingly important workplace policy because most families no longer have a stay-at-home parent to provide care for a new child and they often cannot afford to take unpaid leave.  As a guide for policymakers, the Joint Economic Committee examined how firms design their paid family leave policies by asking Fortune 100 companies about the length of paid leave that they provide for new parents.

Feb 10, 2008 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Vice Chair of the Joint Economic Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed new regulations regarding the use of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA):

Feb 10, 2008 Press Release
New York, NY – Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Chair of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, held a field hearing at City Hall on the effects of the subprime mortgage crisis in New York City.  At a press conference prior to the hearing, Maloney was joined by New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) and Council Members Erik Dilan and Lewis Fidler, who discussed federal and city efforts to allow struggling New Yorkers to keep their homes.

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