Washington, D.C. - At a news conference this morning, Representatives John D. Dingell (D-MI) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) released an alarming new report on women in the workforce, which demonstrated that the glass ceiling has actually hardened, rather than shattered, since 1995 for women in management positions. Lorraine Bracco, star of HBO's The Sopranos, joined Dingell and Maloney in publicly releasing the report, which is the first in a continuing series of federally funded studies examining the status of women and the glass ceiling.
WASHINGTON: Today at the White House, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY) joined the President and members of the New York and New Jersey delegations to Congress in a bill signing ceremony for the Victims Tax Relief Act of 2001. The new law waives income tax liability for the 2000 and 2001 tax years, and will refund any income taxes paid in those years, for victims of terrorist attacks. It also waives tax liability for money a family receives from a victim's employer, the federal government, and an insurance company.
WASHINGTON: Today, the House of Representatives passed the Help America Vote Act of 2001 to reform the nation's electoral system. In particular, the bill requires states to adopt a uniform system for maintaining the accuracy of voter registration records; a set of uniform standards for what constitutes a vote on different types of voting equipment; and assurances that voters can correct voting errors. Furthermore, the bill authorizes $2.65 billion for Federal election reform, including $400 million to buyout unreliable punch card voting systems and $2.25 billion in Election Fund Payments to help states educate voters, improve equipment, recruit and train poll workers, and improve access for disabled voters. In remarks on the House floor today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY) said, "Though this legislation is not exactly everything I would have wanted to see it is a positive step in election reform to ensure that the fiasco of last year's Presidential election is not repeated."
WASHINGTON: Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY), Congressman Bart Stupak (MI), and fellow members of Congress announced the Empowering Local First Responders to Fight Terrorism Act of 2001. The legislation provides matching federal grants over ten years to help police, fire, and EMS units respond to terrorism threats and prepare for emergency response.
NEW YORK: Elected leaders representing the East Side of Manhattan heralded new funds for the much needed Second Avenue subway today at Grand Central Station. The U.S. House of Representatives approved $2 million in funding on Friday for the much needed East Side line as part of the annual transportation appropriations bill and the Senate is expected to pass the bill as well next week.