The Start of 2020
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends and that your 2020 has been off to a great start.
As we begin the new year, and the second session of the 116th Congress, I wanted to share some of what I’ve been up to.
Opposing a War with Iran and Mistreatment of Iranian Americans
Along with many of you, I oppose any reckless action that would lead us into another endless war in the Middle East, which is why I spoke against the President’s unilateral decision to kill Soleimani from the House floor on Wednesday. I am wholeheartedly against war with Iran – I believe it would be a grave mistake. You can watch Wednesday’s speech here.
And then on Thursday, I joined with my colleagues to pass the War Powers Resolution to reiterate that only Congress, not the President, has the power to declare war. Ahead of the vote, I spoke in favor of this resolution to urge all my colleagues to join me in supporting it. You can watch that speech here.
I was deeply disturbed about the reports from earlier this week that as many as 200 Iranian Americans were detained and questioned at the US-Canada border last weekend. So, on Tuesday, I joined with Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS), and Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations Chairwoman Kathleen Rice (D-NY) to demand answers from the Trump Administration about the situation. You can read our letter to the Administration here.
Fighting Against Antisemitism
I was proud to march with an estimated 25,000 of you this past Sunday as we stood up against fear, hate, and antisemitism. An attack on our Jewish community is an attack on all New Yorkers.
We have seen an alarming increase in antisemitic incidents and attacks in NYC and I will continue to do all I can to fight back – including securing a 50% increase in security funding for our communities in the appropriations bill passed last month and working to pass my Never Again Holocaust Education Act.
Ensuring a Fair and Accurate 2020 Census
Yesterday, as Chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, I held a hearing on the Census Bureau’s preparations for the 2020 Census. We heard concerns from experts that the Bureau is not doing enough to make sure that hard-to-count and minority communities will be accurately counted. We will be hearing from the Bureau’s director next month in a follow-up hearing.
I will continue my work with community organizations to make sure they have the resources and support they need to ensure an accurate count.
Last Thursday I joined Queens Community Board 2 to discuss the YourLIC initiative as we plan for the future of LIC’s waterfront.
With any plan for development, we must put the community first. This project should provide space for job creation, including affordable space for local businesses that have been under pressure from soaring rents, as well as also providing space for the arts, a vital aspect of our LIC community, along with much needed greenspace.
School seats are desperately needed in LIC and this needs to be addressed, along with other infrastructure needs, as part of any development plan in the neighborhood.
The 44th Drive site offers a unique opportunity to showcase a better model for community driven development. I look forward to continuing to work with the community to make that happen.
As always, your concerns still and always will remain my top priority. Please do not hesitate to email me through my website.
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Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress