Weekly Update: News on Impeachment, Gun Safety, and more
It was another busy week back home in NYC and in Washington, DC. I kicked off last weekend with many of you at the #ImpeachTrump Day of Action in Foley Square, had the chance to speak with some of you and Patient Advocate Peter Morley about healthcare in Long Island City, and then it was back to DC to introduce legislation to help nonprofits and vote for a spending package that will finally fund gun violence research. More on all this below.
It’s Time to Start an Impeachment Inquiry
I’ve been thinking about impeachment for a long time. It is not something that Congress, or our country, can undertake lightly - it’s a terrible, weighty thing. But, after carefully reviewing evidence laid out in the Mueller Report, after attending numerous hearings, after listening to the concerns of you, the constituents of NY-12, and after doing as much soul-searching as I’ve ever done in my life - it is my inescapable conclusion that the House of Representatives must open an impeachment inquiry against the President of the United States.
Last week, President Trump went on national television and said that he would accept information from a foreign government about his political opponents, which is both illegal and immoral. It’s all too clear that he has learned nothing from the Mueller report and investigation. He has said that he will continue to stonewall any investigation and fight every subpoena, before he even sees them. Failure to turn over documents to Congress as required under the Constitution was in fact Article 3 of the impeachment charges against President Nixon during Watergate.
I did not come to this decision lightly. Impeachment is going to be a painful ordeal for our already divided nation. But, given the evidence we’ve seen of numerous violations of public trust and democratic norms, our commitment to the Constitution demands our action. And the strength of our faith in the Constitution gives me hope that we will emerge stronger than before.
Providing Relief for Nonprofits After the GOP Tax Scam
On Monday, I introduced the Nonprofit Relief Act of 2019 with Majority Whip James Clyburn. Our bill will repeal provisions in the 2017 Republican Tax Scam that are hurting nonprofits.
Nonprofits are one of our nation’s most precious resources. They provide invaluable services to our communities by stepping in where we fall short. Our country should be doing everything we can to support nonprofits but, instead, the exact opposite is happening thanks to the Republican Tax Scam. The Nonprofit Relief Act of 2019 will right this wrong so that nonprofits can continue doing the work of the people, bolstering our communities and helping the most vulnerable among us.
Providing Funding for Gun Violence Research
Yesterday, I was proud to vote for a spending package that includes $50 million for gun violence research. I have been working with Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) for years to provide this funding and repeal the Dickey Amendment. This package includes the full amount, $50 million, that our Gun Violence Prevention Research Act calls for.
Gun violence is a public health epidemic and we need to treat it as such. Good policy comes from good research and studying gun violence is a key step in addressing this epidemic that takes 100 lives a day. I will be working with Sen. Markey to urge the Senate to follow the House’s leadership and maintain this important provision in its spending bill.
Banning Non-Essential Helicopter Flights over NYC
After last week’s helicopter crash in Midtown, I sat down with my colleagues and we all agreed that we need to ban non-essential helicopter flights over NYC. So today, I, with Reps. Jerry Nadler and Nydia Velázquez, led a letter to the FAA urging them to implement this ban.
Joining us in this request are Reps. Adriano Espaillat, Kathleen Rice, Grace Meng, Thomas Suozzi, Eliot L. Engel, and José Serrano.
Snapshots from NY-12
On Monday, I had the privilege of presenting my friend, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton of Washington, DC, with the Women’s Forum of New York’s Founders Award at the annual Elly Awards.
On Tuesday morning, before traveling to Washington, DC for this week’s votes, I had the opportunity to speak to the NYC Bar Association. I look forward to working with them to make our city even better and more equitable for all.
As always, your concerns still and always will remain my top priority. Please do not hesitate to email me through my website.
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Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress