Update: Wins on Census, For Working Families, and for the 9/11 Community
This week was a good week. The President finally abandoned his racist, illegal attempt to rig the census, the House passed my Federal Employee Paid Leave Act, and we passed, by an overwhelming vote of 402-12, the Never Forget the Heroes Act to make permanent and fully fund the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.
These are big wins for the people, for democracy, for working families, and for our 9/11 first responders and survivors.
It’s Official: No Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census
Finally, after 16 months of litigation and millions of wasted taxpayer dollars, the President is giving up on his racist attempt to rig our democracy and is doing what federal law required him to do all along; make sure everyone is counted in our 2020 Census.
The Constitution remains stronger than the immoral and illegal whims of President Trump and Secretary Ross.
We must continue the work to ensure a fair and accurate 2020 Census. I am now focused on making sure that community outreach efforts have the support and funding they need so that we will have a fair and accurate count of our nation.
Providing Paid Leave for Federal Workers
Today, by passing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the House also passed my Federal Employee Paid Leave Act. I introduced this bill as an amendment to the NDAA last month.
The federal government is our nation’s largest employer with more than 2.1 million employees all across the country. The federal government can and should be a model employer. Now, with the passage of Federal Employee Paid Leave Act as part of the NDAA, we have took an important step toward making that happen.
When I was pregnant with my first child and asked about the leave policy, the response I got was, “Leave? What leave? Women just leave.” That’s not acceptable. This isn’t a Republican or Democratic issue – this is a family issue.
Standing Up for and Delivering for the 9/11 Community
We, as a nation, have a moral obligation to take care of the people who took care of us and their families. First and foremost, for their service on 9/11 and in the days, weeks, and months that followed, and secondly because of the toxic lie our government told them: that it was safe to work on the pile. We must make sure that the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund is there when first responders and survivors may need it – now and in the future.
If you remember 9/11, you remember that we as a nation vowed to never forget. We will not rest until Congress turns that promise into law. I will be working to make sure Senator McConnell keeps his word and brings this bill to a vote in the Senate immediately.
It is the least we can do as a grateful nation.
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Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress