News from Rep. Maloney: 2 Events this Weekend & DC Updates
Now that we’ve wrapped up another work week in Washington, I wanted to share with you some highlights of the past week and make sure you know about two events in New York City that I am hosting this weekend.
Saturday 3/16 @1pm: Queens Town Hall on the 2020 Census
Tomorrow, Saturday March 16 at 1pm, I will be hosting my third town hall on why the 2020 Census is so important for New York and what I and others are doing to protect it from undue political influence. I hope you’ll join us at the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens in Long Island City. More information about the event is available here on Facebook.
Sunday 3/17: Standing Together Against Anti-Semitism and Hatred
Our city has seen an unprecedented and alarming spike in anti-Semitic attacks and hate crimes. But hate has no place in our city. Please join us as we come together to make that loud and clear as we gather in front of Asphalt Green, the site of recent anti-Semitic activity, on Sunday at 2pm. More information is available on the Facebook event page.
Calling Out Wells Fargo’s Refusal to Stop Financing Gun Sales with No Background Checks
On Wednesday, Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan came before the House Committee on Financial Services. I had one very important question for him; why does Wells Fargo continue to put profits over people?
I asked CEO Sloan what it would take for Wells Fargo to be willing to go above and beyond the law on gun safety like it does on human rights. He did not have a good response. You can see some of that exchange in this NowThis video.
Holding the Trump Administration Accountable for Trying to Rig the 2020 Census with a Citizenship Question
On Thursday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross testified in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, on which I serve. It was Secretary Ross who made the decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, over the objections of the professional staff at the Census Bureau. I used the hearing to question whether the Secretary even read the memos from his own staff explaining how the citizenship question will drive up costs and drive down Census participation. Unfortunately, instead of giving us any real answers, the Secretary continued to spew lies about how and why the question was added.
Two federal courts have ordered the Administration to remove the question and the Supreme Court will be taking up the case on April 22, 2019. While it remains to be seen what the Court will ultimately decide, I have introduced the 2020 Census IDEA Act to remove the citizenship question and to ensure last minute additions like this cannot happen in the future. The Census is too important to play partisan games with.
Two New Bills to Protect our Nation’s Ideals: Welcoming Immigrants and Equality for the LGBTQ Community
On Tuesday, I joined with House Democrats to introduce H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019. H.R. 6 will protect Dreamers and those with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) so that these individuals can continue to contribute to their New York and nationwide communities as they pursue a pathway to citizenship. The Trump Administration's actions have cruelly put the lives and futures of Dreamers and TPS and DED holders in limbo, which is why we need to pass the Dream and Promise Act to prevent more families from being separated and curb the Trump deportation machine.
On Thursday, I joined in the historic reintroduction of the bipartisan Equality Act to explicitly outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. No one should be fired from their job or lose their home because of who they are or who they love, but sadly in many states that is just not the case. The LGBTQ community deserves nothing less than full rights and equal protections under the law and that’s exactly what the Equality Act will provide.
Voting to Make the Mueller Report Public
In our last vote of the week, the House voted unanimously to direct the Department of Justice to make the Mueller report public. This shouldn’t be a partisan issue. The American people deserve answers.
As always, your concerns remain my top priority. Please do not hesitate to email me through my website.
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Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress