Update from Rep. Maloney: 2 Events Tomorrow and This Week in Congress
We had a good week in Washington, DC as two of my bills were passed by committees and will be heading to the House floor. But before I tell you more about that, I want to invite you to two events.
First, tomorrow at noon I will be joining advocates and activists in Foley Square for Act to Defend Democracy and will be making an announcement about my stance on impeachment. I hope to see you there.
Later tomorrow, from 2-3pm, Patient Advocate Peter Morley and I are hosting a coffee and conversation on healthcare at Sweetleaf Coffee Shop in Long Island City. I look forward to hearing your healthcare stories and talking about how we can work together to protect our care.
Addressing Helicopter Flights Over NYC
On Monday afternoon, one of my nightmares came true – a helicopter crashed into a building in Manhattan.
While we are still waiting for the investigation into the crash to be completed, one thing is clear: we need to ban all non-essential helicopter flights from the sky over New York City. The risks are too high for our densely packed, urban city.
If you are in a helicopter over the most densely populated city in the United States and something goes wrong – your engine fails for instance – there is simply no good place to land. Not in the river, not in the streets, and certainly not on a roof top. There are no options that do not carry great risk of harming many people.
One death is too many, but we were lucky that no one else was killed or seriously injured on Monday. I am currently working on legislation to enact this ban and will be introducing it in the coming weeks.
Moving Forward to Ensure Compensation for Our 9/11 Heroes
On Tuesday, I joined 9/11 first responders, survivors, and victims’ families to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on why we need to pass H.R. 1327, the Never Forget the Heroes Act, to reauthorize, make permanent, and fully fund the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.
This overwhelmingly bipartisan bill will make sure that no 9/11 hero goes without the help they need and deserve. In a show of the House’s commitment to getting this done, the bill was passed by the Committee unanimously on Wednesday morning and will now go to the House floor.
I am working with Speaker Pelosi and Leader Hoyer to get this bill to the Senate as quickly as possible so that they can send it to the President’s desk. This bill is about fulfilling our promise to ‘Never Forget.’ And we won’t stop fighting until we guarantee that this program will be there for anyone and everyone who needs it today and in the future.
You can read more about this bill and our fight in my op-ed for the Newsweek.
Cracking Down on Anonymous Shell Companies
On Wednesday, the House Committee on Financial Services, on which I serve, passed my bill, the Corporate Transparency Act, to crack down on anonymous shell companies.
I am tired of money launderers using NYC apartments as bank accounts and driving up home prices for New Yorkers. My bill will help to stop this practice by requiring companies to disclose their true, beneficial owners – the people who actually own the LLC – when the company is formed.
This bill is also critical for our national security, because it finally allows law enforcement to track the money that terrorist groups use to finance their operations. Disrupting terrorist financing networks should be one of our top priorities, but right now, terrorist groups can easily hide their money using anonymous shell companies. That is completely unacceptable. And it’s not just terrorists – far too many criminal networks can legally hide and launder their money here in the US. We should all be outraged that human traffickers, gun rings, and drug cartels are skirting the law because we allow these shady practices.
The Corporate Transparency Act is one of the most important bills our committee will consider this Congress and I am thrilled that so many members of the committee agree and voted to pass the bill. I’m hopeful that this bill will pass the House like it did in the committee- with a bipartisan vote.
Holding the Trump Administration in Contempt
On Tuesday, I joined with my colleagues in the House to empower all of our committees to enforce Congress’s constitutional authority in court and to hold Trump Administration officials in civil contempt.
And then, on Wednesday, my colleagues and I on the House Oversight and Reform Committee voted to hold Attorney General William Barr and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in both civil and criminal contempt for failing to turn over documents about the Administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. I will not stand by as this Administration continues to stonewall Congress and break the law. We will not stop until we get the documents and answers owed to the American people.
Snapshots from Around NY-12
Last Friday, I joined with gun safety advocates from around the country to Wear Orange to mourn the victims of senseless gun violence and stand with the survivors, families, and communities devastated by gun violence. I continue to fight for common-sense gun control laws every day and will not stop until we act to end gun violence.
On Sunday, ahead of this week’s vote in the House Judiciary Committee on my Never Forget the Heroes Act to fully fund and extend the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, I joined with the Uniformed Firefighters Association and the New York City Fire Officers union to call for its passage.
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