Weekly Update: SOTU, Green New Deal & Census Town Hall
This week, as you know, President Trump delivered his State of the Union address. While he started with words of compromise and included moments of common purpose, he quickly reverted to spewing lies, fear mongering, and a blatant disrespect for our country’s system of checks and balances. The President says he is for bipartisanship and for an America that works for everyone. Unfortunately, for the last two years we’ve seen the exact opposite from him and his Administration and based on this speech the next two years will be more of the same.
What will be different, however, is that the House will start exercising its oversight responsibilities. I am a senior member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee. We have already begun our inquiries into the Trump Administration and into serious challenges facing our country, like the rising cost of prescription drugs. We’ve just held the first of what will be many hearings into these matters and have already launched investigations into the President’s potential violations of the emoluments clause, the addition of the citizenship question to the 2020 Census, the President’s dealings with Michael Cohen, and more. This is just the beginning.
STATE OF THE UNION GUEST
I was proud to bring Sydney Ireland as my guest to the State of the Union. She may only be 17-years-old but she has already become a role model for anyone fighting for equal rights for women and girls, thanks to her efforts to convince the Boy Scouts last year to start allowing girls to join its ranks. Sydney helped take down a century-old barrier to equality and she is now fighting to be the first woman to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. I take inspiration from Sydney’s story and am heartened to know that the next generation is ready, willing and able to do what it takes to secure the equality everyone deserves.
FIGHTING FOR THE GREEN NEW DEAL
This week, I was proud to join Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey as they introduced the Green New Deal legislation. This program of investments in clean-energy jobs and infrastructure will not only transform the energy sector, but our entire economy. Climate change is one of the most dangerous threats we currently face, and we need to get serious about combatting it now. I am proud to be an original co-sponsor of this legislation and to stand with my colleagues as we take on this challenge.
2020 CENSUS TOWNHALL THIS WEEKEND
This weekend, I am joining with Councilwoman Carlina Rivera to host a townhall on the 2020 Census. We will be joined by speakers Julie Menin, Census Director of the City of New York; Melva Miller, Executive Vice President of Association for a Better New York (ABNY); and Mae Lee, Executive Director of Chinese Progressive Association. We will be discussing what the 2020 Census means for New York, and why it is so important to our community. More information below and on our Facebook event page.
As always, your concerns remain my top priority. Please feel free to email me through my website.
Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress