Congresswoman Maloney Sworn In to the 117th Congress
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today joined her colleagues in taking her oath of office for the 117th Congress. Following her swearing in, the Congresswoman released the following statement.
“I am honored to once again represent the people of New York’s 12th Congressional District in the House of Representatives and am humbled by the faith they have placed in me to help rebuild our city, state, and country in the wake of the health and economic crises caused by COVID-19.
“The past year has laid bare, in plain view, many of the structural inequities that we as a nation and a Congress must address. I remain committed to creating an economy that works for all Americans – not just the fortunate few, to ensuring everyone has access to affordable, quality healthcare, and to enacting criminal justice and police reform. We must remain steadfast toward our goal of equality for all Americans – no matter who they love, their race, religion, sexuality, or gender identity. We must, and we will, finally guarantee gender equality in the Constitution by ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The ERA will allow Congress to ensure equal pay for equal work and equal treatment of women under the law.
“As we work to rebuild after the health and economic crisis wrought by COVID-19, I will be reintroducing my bills to forgive student loans for frontline healthcare workers, to ensure domestic production and a stockpile of personal protective equipment (PPE), and to establish an essential workers compensation fund. As we look toward long-term economic stability, especially for our small businesses, we must pass my Pandemic Risk Insurance Act to ensure that small businesses are not forced to wait on the government for relief in the event of a future pandemic.
“Investing in infrastructure projects is one of the best investments government can make, and as we recover from the current economic crisis, providing these good-paying jobs is more important than ever. I will continue to fight for the funding we need to complete the full build of the Second Avenue Subway, East Side Access, and Sunnyside Rail Yards. At home in New York, I will also continue working with NYCHA to make sure that all residents are provided with the safe, clean homes they need and deserve and that repairs are completed effectively and efficiently.
“In addition to the health crisis caused by COVID-19, we must confront another epidemic; gun violence. We lose 38,000 Americans to gun violence every year and we must enact commonsense, gun safety legislation. I will continue my work to fund gun violence research at the CDC and enact gun control legislation that will strengthen our background check system, crack down on illegal sales of firearms, and encourage the development and use of smart gun technology.
“Continuing in my role as Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, I look forward to working with my colleagues to crush the coronavirus crisis, and build upon the work we have done so far to ensure that all Americans receive their mail in a timely manner, are counted in a complete and accurate 2020 Census, and can afford lifesaving medications.
“We have a lot to accomplish in the 117th Congress, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House and Senate, the incoming Biden Administration, and the people of New York to get it done.”