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, 2007 Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD), and Tom Davis (R-VA) today introduced the “Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act” (H.R. 3158), bipartisan legislation that would provide all federal employees with eight weeks of paid parental leave.  Federal employees currently must deplete their annual and sick time to take parental leave.

Jun 27, 2007 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Vice Chair of the Joint Economic Committee, issued the following statement regarding a new Department of Labor report released today on the effectiveness of the Family and Medical Leave Act:
Jun 26, 2007 Press Release

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) today introduced legislation that would provide high-quality pre-kindergarten education to help all children prepare for school.  The “Prepare All Kids Act” is the House version of legislation introduced by Senator Robert Casey (D-PA) in May.

Jun 20, 2007 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan & Queens) today introduced H.R. 2792, the "Family and Medical Leave Inclusion Act" (FMLIA) in the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation includes couples in domestic partnerships, civil unions, and same-sex marriages under the terms of the landmark 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act. The Human Rights Campaign, a leading national advocacy organization for LGBT rights, strongly supports the bill.
Jun 14, 2007 Press Release

Maloney, Dingell, Schumer, Reed Urged GAO to Examine Child Care, Family Leave, and Flex Time Programs in U.S. and Around the World

May 22, 2007 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, the House passed a bipartisan federal housing finance reform bill (H.R. 1427), which included language authored by Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) that would encourage lenders to offer mortgages on low- and moderate-income housing with licensed child care facilities.  Maloney’s “Kiddie Mac” measure is aimed at solving the shortage of affordable child care. 

May 11, 2007 Press Release

Schumer and Maloney Release Joint Economic Committee Report Highlighting Progress Made and Work Still to Be Done to Give Military Moms the Benefits They Deserve

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released a Mother’s Day report revealing that mothers serving in the military and spouses of soldiers face difficult child care access, leave and health care services challenges.  Women represent one in seven U.S. military personnel in Iraq.  Like all mothers, military moms face challenges in meeting monthly expenses, getting good child care and health care for their families and themselves. But military moms face the added burden of longer deployments and frequent separation from their children and spouses. While the military has taken steps to address the needs of mothers, the JEC report finds that more still needs to be done.

May 10, 2007 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Flanked by over 100 breastfeeding mothers and children, U.S. Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Christopher Shays (R-CT) hosted a “nurse-in” today on Capitol Hill to reintroduce their “Breastfeeding Promotion Act” (H.R. 2236 – click here for link to bill).  The bipartisan bill would protect breastfeeding mothers from discrimination and encourage new mothers to breastfeed.

May 2, 2007 Press Release

WASHINGTON – An amendment by Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) that would help increase the number of home-based child care centers across the country was accepted for inclusion in the Expanding American Homeownership Act of 2007 (H.R. 1852) during a House Committee on Financial Services mark-up today.  H.R. 1852 is expected to pass the Committee later today and will then head to the House floor for a full vote in the coming weeks.

Apr 3, 2007 Press Release
Washington, D.C. - Late last week, the House Committee on Financial Services passed the Federal Housing Finance Reform Act of 2007 (H.R. 1427), which includes language authored by Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) that would encourage lenders to offer mortgages on low and moderate-income housing that includes licensed child care facilities.  The Housing Finance Reform Act is expected to move to the House floor for a vote in mid-April.