Update: NY Event on Sunday, Family Leave, HR1, & Fighting Anti-Semitism
We had another busy week in Washington, DC and I’m excited to see some of you this Sunday at my State of the District event. More information on that and updates from the week below.
You’re Invited: State of the District Event
This Sunday, March 10 at 1pm, I will be hosting a State of the District event at Hunter College to discuss my legislative priorities in DC, infrastructure investments in NYC, and other NY-12 updates. I hope you’ll be able to join us. More details about the event are available on the Facebook event page.
Fight for Paid Leave for Federal Workers
On Tuesday, I introduced the Federal Employee Paid Leave Act (FEPLA) with my colleagues House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD-05), Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) and Congressman Don Beyer (VA-08). We were joined by federal employees, workers’ rights advocates, and unions to introduce this legislation that would provide 12 weeks of paid family leave for federal employees. Paid family leave for federal employees isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do. It improves productivity, reduces turnover, boosts morale, and attracts and retains more talent, which is exactly what our federal workforce deserves. We’re the only developed country in the world without some sort of paid leave policy and that needs to change.
HR1: For the People Act
I was proud to vote earlier today for H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a historic bill to restore and protect the voice of each and every American voter. This bill will ensure that our federal elections are free, fair, and represent the will of the people. It restores equality in our democracy by expanding access to the polls for every American eligible to vote, by mandating early voting and vote by mail, and by making Election Day a federal holiday. It is a proud statement that says loud and clear “Your Vote Matters!”
I was proud to cosponsor this bill and am proud that our Democratic Majority is advancing our number one priority to ensure that our democratic process works for the people. I hope that the Senate will quickly take up and pass this bill to put power back into the hands of all citizens, not just special interests.
Fighting Anti-Semitism in DC and NY
As you may have seen, swastikas were found painted on the walls and fixtures at Asphalt Green’s Upper East Side campus this week. I am deeply disturbed to hear of yet another anti-Semitic attack in our community. Sadly, this incident is part of an alarming spike in anti-Semitic attacks, hate crimes, and rhetoric throughout New York City and our nation. New York City is a place where diversity is meant to be celebrated, yet there has been a 72% increase in anti-Semitic attacks including beatings and the vandalism of synagogues.
These hateful acts have no place in our community or anywhere in our country, including the halls of Congress. This is why I am committed to taking proactive steps to combat anti-Semitism and was proud to support yesterday’s House resolution against anti-Semitism, bigotry, and hatred.
I will continue to fight for passage of the Never Again Education Act, HR 943, which I introduced last month, so that all Americans can learn about the Holocaust and the consequences of hate.
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