Updates from Congress

Nov 25, 2014

Dear Friend,

As the 113th Congress draws to a close, I wanted to update you on a few recent developments.
Even though we face partisan gridlock, I’ve been working hard to get things done. I’m proud to say that in the 113th Congress, I passed more bills into law than 98 percent of my colleagues.

I succeeded in extending the Debbie Smith anti-rape law and created new standards to stop campus sexual assault through the Campus SaVE Act. I helped correct antiquated and burdensome federal regulations and secured hundreds of millions in federal funds for local infrastructure projects.

I am still working to pass my bill to study how we can create a National Women’s History Museum and I’ve introduced a new bill to end Social Security benefits for those who were involved in the Nazi persecutions.

Please read more about these developments below and follow me on Twitter for daily updates. And I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.





Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney

Share your #BecauseOfHer story 

A National Women’s History Museum on or near the National Mall would help inspire the next generation by telling the stories of women and their achievements. I introduced a bill to study the best way to establish such a museum. It passed the House by 383 votes to 33 but it is being blocked in the Senate by two men. I’ve launched the #BecauseOfHer campaign to build momentum behind the bill. Women across America are sharing on social media the stories of women who inspired them. I hope you will do the same. Learn more about this effort here.  

Ending Social Security benefits for Nazi persecutors 

A recent investigative report from the Associated Press revealed that dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States and that at least four are still collecting benefits. I have introduced a new bill with Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), and Congressman Leonard Lance (R-NJ) to terminate Social Security for those who are still collecting benefits. Read more about the bill here. 

Obama signs extension of Debbie Smith Act anti-rape law

All too often, the evidence to put a rapist behind bars is sitting in a lab waiting to be tested. I wrote the original Debbie Smith Act in 2001 to help eliminate the nationwide backlog of DNA rape kits. This year, I worked to continue the law for an additional five years. I recently talked about the issue with MSNBC’s Kristin Welker along with Natasha Alexenko, a survivor of sexual assault and an advocate for eliminating the backlog. Watch it here.

Grand Central post office renamed after local labor hero, after passage of Maloney bill

Grand Central Station Post Office, located at 450 Lexington Avenue in Manhattan, will now be known as the Vincent R. Sombrotto Post Office. I authored a bill to change the name that was recently signed into law by President Obama. Sombrotto, a local labor hero who rose to become President of the National Association of Letter Carriers, was responsible for moving letter carriers into the middle class, establishing the life-saving Carrier Alert program and founding the NALC food drive. Read more about Vincent Sombrotto here. 

Maloney Bill to fix outdated condo rules becomes law

An outdated and burdensome federal regulation governing condominium sales has now been corrected. I wrote the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act (H.R. 2600) to clarify that certain registration requirements in the 1968 Interstate Land Sales Disclosure Act (ILSA), which were written to stop fraudulent sales of raw land, do not apply to condominium sales. The New York Observer has more details.

Announcing $203 Million for East Side Access 

Since 2006, I have helped secure $2.2 billion in federal funds for the East Side Access project, including $203 million that I obtained in this year’s budget. When completed, East Side Access will bring passenger’s to Grand Central Terminal, transforming the commute from Long Island and Queens for more than 160,000 people every day, cutting some New Yorkers’ commutes by up to 3 hours a week and making it significantly easier to get to and from the East Side of Manhattan. Read more about the project.

Fighting to end abusive overdraft fees 

Ever pay $35 for a cup of coffee? You may have if you didn’t have enough funds in your bank account to cover the transactions. That’s why I’m working to pass the Overdraft Protection Act, which I first introduced in 2009. It would set reasonable limits on overdraft fees. Learn more about the problem and my solution from the NY1 Story.