Update: No Trump Wall, Amazon, Fighting for 9/11 Heroes, Protecting the Census

Feb 16, 2019

Dear Friend,

This week, we passed two very important measures in the House of Representatives. The first, as you may know, was a bipartisan deal to keep our government funded through the rest of the 2019 fiscal year. The second was a resolution to end U.S. involvement in the War in Yemen. I was proud to vote yes on both of these measures.

Back in New York, I am very disappointed that Amazon pulled out of their deal with our city and concerned by the news that the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund will need to make severe cuts to compensation awards due to a budget shortfall. 

We also heard yesterday that the Supreme Court agreed to hear the Trump Administration’s appeal against a court ruling that ordered the removal of the citizenship question from the 2020 Census. More on all of this below.

Keeping the federal government open; denying funding for Trump’s Border Wall

This week, I voted for a bipartisan bill to prevent another government shutdown and to invest in initiatives that will be good for New York, while also denying the President funding for his border wall. The self-proclaimed great negotiator Donald Trump lost big in the spending deal agreement. A year ago, a group of bipartisan senators offered the President $20 billion for border security in exchange for a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, but he rejected it. The spending agreement he signed today provides just $1.375 billion for border security and is restricted to previously approved designs, ruling out the President’s border wall proposal completely.

On the other hand, we got some big wins for progressive priorities. We got an increase of $1 billion – for a total of $3.8 billion – for the Census Bureau. We secured $178 million dollars to combat the DNA evidence backlog – an initiative created through the Debbie Smith Act that I authored in 2004 to help rape and sexual assault survivors get justice and put perpetrators behind bars. This funding bill also invests in transportation and housing by including $22.6 billion for Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers and $2.6 billion for Federal Transit Administration New Starts, the program which helped bring Phase One of the Second Avenue Subway to NYC and will help us finally complete the Phase Two and full build.

Amazon pulling out of NY is a blow to our city

I am disappointed that NYC won’t be home to over 25,000 new jobs from HQ2 and that Long Island City will lose out on infrastructure improvements that would have accompanied this project.

There were legitimate concerns raised about this deal and aspects that I wanted changed. I was ready to work for those changes. But now, we don’t have that chance and we are out more than 25,000 new jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in new investments.

I'll continue working with the residents of Queensbridge, Ravenswood, Astoria Houses, and Woodside and all of Long Island City and NY-12 to strengthen our economy and bring good paying jobs to NY.

Working to fully fund the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

Yesterday, the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund announced that it will be making severe cuts to compensation awards because of a budget shortfall. This is devastating news for the thousands of sick and injured 9/11 responders and survivors who were promised, and have been counting on, being fully compensated for the losses they have suffered. So, on the first day that Congress is next in session, I will be joining with Reps. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Peter King (R-NY), Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to introduce bipartisan legislation, the Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act that would fix this problem. Our bill would restore any cuts to awards, ensure that future eligible recipients are fully compensated, and make the VCF program permanent. 

Make or break moment for the census at the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will hear the Trump Administration’s appeal of a federal district court ruling that removed the citizenship question from the census. 

This is a make or break moment for the 2020 Census and our democracy. The Trump Administration broke the law and violated the Constitution when it added the citizenship question. Our constitution clearly mandates that every single person living in this country must be counted every 10 years. The Supreme Court must recognize this clear constitutional requirement to count everyone and reaffirm that the citizenship question violates that mandate.

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