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Mar 4, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - 262,000 jobs were created in February, but the unemployment rate ticked up to 5.4 percent, according to statistics released this morning by the Department of Labor. February marked one of the few months during the Bush administration in which job gains have been strong - there have been only five months in which the economy grew by more than 250,000 jobs in the past four years.
Mar 3, 2005 Press Release
 

View photos of makeshift humvees from New York's 42nd Infantry Division in Iraq

WASHINGTON, DC - Members of the National Guard 42nd Infantry Division based out of Fort Drum, New York and now serving in Tikrit, Iraq are struggling to obtain the basic vehicle armor and protective equipment they need to conduct their missions, according to information obtained by Members of Congress who expressed deep concern about the issue this week in a letter to Defense Secretary Rumsfeld (Download related PDF).

Mar 1, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - To bring relief specifically to women and children in the tsunami-torn regions of southeast Asia, a group of lawmakers today are introducing legislation to send a contribution to the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA. The United Nations program has made an urgent appeal to nations to contribute $27.5 million for tsunami relief for the women of Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the Maldives and is working on the ground to address the urgent maternal health needs of the estimated 150,000 pregnant women living in the areas affected by the tsunami. Unfortunately, since 2002, the US Government has responded to the demands of right-wing pressure groups and withheld all Congressionally-appropriated U.S. contributions to UNFPA.
Feb 23, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - In an ominous sign for the U.S. currency and economy, the dollar plunged and the stock market slid yesterday as the central banks of South Korea and Taiwan announced that they planned to diversify away from dollar-denominated securities in their foreign exchange reserves. Although the dollar stabilized somewhat today when South Korea - the fourth largest holder of dollar reserves at $200 billion - assured the world that it did not plan a massive dollar selloff, central banks in Asia and the Middle East are clearly signaling that they are looking to reduce the proportion of dollars in their reserves.
Feb 18, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-14) has introduced the “Prevention of Trafficking of Tsunami Orphans Act” (HR 950), which would authorize critical assistance to the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development to support programs that are being carried out by nongovernmental organizations to protect children who are homeless or orphaned as a result of the Indian Ocean tsunamis in December 2004.
Feb 18, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Just in time for Presidents' Day, Congressman Mike Castle (R-DE) and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) together introduced legislation to redesign the circulating Golden Dollar Coin with a design-changing series, honoring four U.S. Presidents each year on the front of the coin and the Statue of Liberty on the coin’s reverse.
Feb 18, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Several hundred soldiers from the New York Army National Guard who responded to the World Trade Center site after the September 11th terrorist attacks are not receiving the military retirement benefits they deserve. Many of the soldiers who guarded Ground Zero after the attacks were not officially put on federal active duty; as a result, they did not receive federal military retirement credit for their more than 300 days of service. Other soldiers from the same unit were activated under federal duty to help secure the U.S. Military Academy, and have received the appropriate retirement credit. Clearly, all National Guard troops who served during this unprecedented national emergency deserve equal status.
Feb 18, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - To cement the U.S. government’s commitment to often-overlooked health issues specific to women, Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Deborah Pryce (R-OH) have introduced the Women’s Health Office Act of 2005 (HR 949). The legislation would make permanent women’s health offices within five federal agencies - the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Feb 16, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - A powerful, bipartisan group of Members of Congress has proposed legislation to allow the Interagency Working Group on Nazi War Crimes to finish its job and tell the full story of the U.S. government’s relationship with former Nazis. This two-year extension would be the third for the working group, which is only now being given the last of the previously classified documents on the issue.
Feb 15, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - With consumers currently at a disadvantage to banks because of long check deposit-clearing times, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) today re-introduced the Consumer Checking Account Fairness Act. The legislation would allow the use of electronic technology to make check deposits clear as quickly as possible into consumers’ bank accounts.

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