Update: Moving Forward with Impeachment & Questioning the Trump Administration
This week in Washington, DC, the House approved a resolution outlining the rules for the next stages of the impeachment inquiry. We also passed a bill to impose sanctions on Turkey for its invasion of northern Syria, a resolution to affirm our country’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide, and bills to protect our public lands.
In the Committee on Oversight and Reform, we questioned U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Acting Director Cuccinelli about the fallout from his agency’s policy of deporting critically ill migrants and their families, and the Financial Services Committee had our markup of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act reauthorization.
I also want to remind you that early voting in New York City continues through this Sunday, November 3. You can find your polling place here.
Impeachment Inquiry Resolution
As we took our vote on the resolution laying out the public proceedings for the impeachment inquiry, I was reminded of the words of our beloved late Chairman Elijah Cummings: “We are fighting for the soul of our democracy.”
This is our core mission under the Constitution and what we swear to do when we take our oath of office. We cannot allow a president—any president—to extort foreign countries into interfering with our democracy and we cannot allow a president to withhold critical military aid that Congress provided in order to counter Russian aggression. We cannot allow a president to ignore duly authorized subpoenas, withhold documents, prevent witnesses from testifying, cover up wrongdoing, and obstruct Congress. And so, we must move forward with these impeachment proceedings.
I was proud to join my colleagues in approving the resolution so that we can move forward and lay out the facts for the American people.
Questions for USCIS
On Wednesday, the Oversight Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties heard testimony from USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli on the circumstances under which his agency adopted - and later reversed - a cruel policy to deport critically ill children and their families. This is a life or death issue and the decision to implement this policy was inhumane and cruel. You can see my back-and-forth with the Acting Director here– during which he won’t answer a single one of my questions. We will continue to conduct vigorous oversight into this situation to ensure full accountability and be certain that it won’t happen again.
Recognizing the Armenian Genocide
1.5 million Armenians were murdered by the Ottoman Empire in the first genocide of the 20th Century and yet Turkey still refuses to acknowledge it. I went to the House floor on Tuesday to express my strong support for this resolution because we need to recognize the truth if we have any hope of preventing genocide from ever happening again. You can watch my speech here.
Thank You to the Coalition for Integrity
I was deeply honored to accept the Coalition for Integrity’s 2019 Integrity Award on Wednesday night in recognition of my commitment to integrity and transparency. It is thanks to groups like the Coalition that my Corporate Transparency Act passed in the House, and by working together we will get it passed by the Senate and signed into law.
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