An Update from Congresswoman Maloney

Dec 8, 2017
Newsletter

Dear Friend,

A lot has happened in Washington, DC since Thanksgiving, so I wanted to take the time to update you on what’s been happening in Congress on everything from taxes to gun safety.

House and Senate Republicans are now scrambling to agree on a tax bill – rushing through this process so that they can have at least one policy win for President Trump before the end of 2018. This is no way to handle a bill that will affect every American and our country for years to come. Tax reform should be bipartisan and based on independent analysis about its impact on the debt, economy, and people of all income levels. 

No matter which way you slice it, the House and Senate bills are extremely bad news for the middle class and New Yorkers in particular. Unless there are significant changes made, we are in for a world of hurt. According to an analysis from the Joint Committee on Taxation, the nonpartisan committee charged with analyzing tax legislation, the Senate GOP tax bill will raise taxes on millions of middle class families and explode the deficit. For New Yorkers news is even worse. Both the House and Senate bills lay the groundwork for severe federal, state, and local cuts to healthcare, education, infrastructure and social services. This is why only 25% of Americans support the Republican tax plan and why I am fighting tooth and nail against it.

But it’s not just tax legislation that the Republicans are totally misguided on. This week, House Republicans decided to move forward with the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. This misguided bill, should it pass the Senate and become law, will eviscerate state laws meant to keep people safe from gun violence and put lives at risk. It would force all states to recognize concealed carry weapon permits from other states, regardless of how lax those state permitting laws may be. As the country with the most guns per capita than any other, if guns made us safer we would be the safest in the world. Unfortunately, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Congressional Republicans have no right to curtail the safety reforms that New York, and other states, have put in place to protect our residents. Law enforcement organizations from around the country agree and strongly oppose this legislation. I voted against this legislation and spoke out against it on the floor. Now it is up to the Senate to block this dangerous bill from becoming law

I will be on the steps of City Hall this Saturday at 11am joining with gun safety advocates to protest this bill and call on the Senate to defeat it should it come to a vote. It is despicable that the first action on guns that Congress took after the massacres in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs was to pass a bill that will enable more people to get more guns and erode current gun safety laws. I hope you can join us as we raise our voices against such short-sighted policies.

Read more about these and other issues I’ve been working on below.

Sincerely,

Carolyn B. Maloney

Member of Congress


Maloney: Concealed Carry Reciprocity Will Put Americans in Danger

The US has the highest rate of gun deaths in the economically developed world & the most guns per capita. Clearly, guns aren't making us safer. Yet, instead of enacting gun safety laws, The House GOP is working to weaken gun laws by passing the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. Unacceptable.

Watch my floor speech here.


Roll Call: Opinion: Ensuring We All Count

No one should be left out of the 2020 census but if we don’t act fast, many people will be uncounted. Right now, due to a severe lack of funding and leadership the Census Bureau is far behind where it needs to be in order to carry out the 2020 census.

Read my opinion piece here.


WHSV: Man, It Costs to Be a Woman

The Pink Tax is discrimination pure and simple. This is why I'm working on legislation to make sure women aren't charged more than men for products and services that are essentially the same.

 

Watch the full story here.


Ms. Magazine: Standing with Fearless Girl in the Fight for Constitutional Equality

The women of this country are speaking up like never before and declaring that we are tired of being treating as second-class citizens. With more and more women sharing stories of being sexually assaulted or harassed, now is the time to pass the ERA. By amending the Constitution to make the simple, yet powerful, declaration that men and women are equals we will be sending a clear message that the days of discrimination against women are over, while also protecting women against discriminatory laws. The Fearless Girl has been an important part of inspiring women to speak out and I believe she should stay where she is until we add the ERA to the Constitution.

Read the full piece here.


Politico: Pelosi Convenes Sexual Harrassment Reform Meeting

I joined Leader Pelosi and other House Democrats for a conversation that will help us enact the policies needed to better prevent sexual harassment in the workplace -- here in Congress and across the country. I thank Leader Pelosi for bringing us together to hear from the experts.

 

Read more here.


Community Town Hall: Cornell Tech Impact on Roosevelt Island

 

Last Monday, I joined the Roosevelt Island community and the Cornell Community Task Force for a town hall. It was a productive discussion, and Cornell Tech successfully addressed the issues brought forth by the community. This project has been something truly extraordinary, and it is positively changing Roosevelt Island’s future.

 

As the project moves forward with Phase 2, I am confident that all those involved will continue to communicate and meet regularly to discuss concerns, and remain open to finding new and innovative ways to encourage young people to follow careers in STEM and computer science. I know that both Roosevelt Islanders and Cornell Tech can continue to grow together as one community, one neighborhood, and a home for all.


Ribbon Cutting: Cornell Tech Tata Innovation Center

This week I was delighted to join Cornell Tech in expressing our deep appreciation to the Tata Group and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)for their extraordinary gift to our community.  The $50 million investment in Cornell Tech from TCS will establish the TCS Innovation Fund to support research collaborations and graduate fellowships that bridge academia and industry and advance K-12 digital literacy in New York City schools. With new joint research and K-12 literacy programs, Tata and Cornell will help lead us into the future.

Read more here.


Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Brooklyn L Train Riders Demand Answers from MTA, DOT on Upcoming Shutdown

 

In April 2019, the L Train will shut-down for 15 months so that necessary repairs can be made to damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. As of right now, the community has very little information about the shutdown. It is time for the MTA and DOT to show us what they are considering.

 

 

Read more here.