NEW YORK, NY -- Today, in front of the Isaiah Wall in Manhattan, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Ms. Nikki Stephanopoulos (mother of Sister Maria), and Archbishop Mark and Father Victor Potapov of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russian (ROCOR) reported extremely positive news from their trip to visit two American nuns under siege in a monastery in Jericho. This week a delegation of family members, church officials, and representatives from Congressional offices traveled to the Middle East to investigate the situation and meet with Palestinian and U.S. officials.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Congressional Census Subcommittee Ranking Member Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement:
NEW YORK -- Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) urged Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson to immediately release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) in order to address the crisis caused by high home heating oil prices in the Northeast. The SPR is a national reserve of oil created by the federal government during the 1970s to respond to oil supply shortages. In a letter to Secretary Richardson, Maloney praised the recent decision by President Clinton to increase assistance to low-income residents through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), but urged the Administration to take the next logical step of selling off some of the SPR. In the letter, she explained that only selling off part of the SPR would bring about a significant drop in heating oil and gasoline prices and that action should be taken immediately to provide assistance to all residents of the Northeast.